Sarah Winchester’s So-Called Mystery House

Buckle up ghouls, it’s time to go debunking. You might have heard about Sarah Winchester and her sprawling, bizarre home, with stairs to the ceiling and a door to nowhere. But did she really design this house to protect herself from spirits whose lives were taken by the Winchester rifle, a fortune of which she inherited?

Show Notes

Sarah Winchester was a misunderstood and misrepresented woman. Join us this week as we dig into documentation of Sarah’s background, business and life, and discuss the lore and legends while bringing to light the truth behind her gargantuan Winchester Mystery House.


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Ignaffo, Mary Jo. “Captive of the Labyrinth: Sarah L. Winchester, Heiress to the Rifle Fortune,” University of Missouri, January 30, 2012.

No author. “The Winchester House: The Haunted History of America’s Most Haunted Mansion,” American Hauntings, No date, retrieved from:

Wagner, Richard A. “The Truth about Sarah Winchester: The Belle of New Haven,”, No date, retrieved from:

Staff writers. “The True Story of the Winchester Mystery House,”, June 5, 2020 (updated), retrieved from:

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Hill, Angela. “Three ghost stories of the Winchester Mystery House,” Mercury News, May 26, 2017 (updated), retrieved from:

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Researched, Written, Edited & Produced by Gabi Fiore

Music by Dan Moretti