Winchester Mystery House

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Because this legendary haunted house is located so close to where I live, I feel obligated to report on its history and the stories surrounding this infamous spooky location.  I fact, I have visited this house.  Given, it was when I was young, but I still had a fascination with the paranormal and was on the lookout for ghosts and signs of such phenomenon. Continue reading

Virginia City

Virginia City

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When one thinks of a ‘ghost town,’ it is usually pictured as an abandoned old western town with tumble weeds casually rolling through the streets and a vulture circling overhead.  Virginia City, Nevada, is an old town with a ton of interesting history, but it is not a ghost town because it has been abandoned.  It is a ghost town in the truest sense of the word.  The town is teeming with restless spirits. Continue reading

The Lizzie Borden House

The Borden house, where the murders took place.

The Borden house, where the murders took place.

The Borden Family lived a normal life in an average two story house in Fall River Massachusetts in the late 1800s.  Lizzie Borden, her sister Emma, their father Andrew, and stepmother Abby all inhabited the house — until one day when Andrew and Abby were found brutally murdered in the home.  Murder weapon?  A dull axe. Continue reading

The Byron Hotel — Byron, CA

The Byron Hotel stands in shambles, just a hollow shell of its former glory. Once known as “The Byron Hot Springs Hotel and Resort,” this retreat from daily life was wildly popular with A-list celebrities in the early 1900s. Although the building had burned down twice, no significant deaths were reported at the hotel during its resort days. It was, however, turned into a makeshift hospital immediately after The Great Byron Train Disaster of 1902, which occurred nearby, and many people died there in the aftermath. Continue reading

Preston Castle — Ione, CA

Preston Castle was founded in 1894 as a correctional trade school for troubled young men.  It was an opportunity for these boys, who had already chosen a life of crime, to learn a trade and have a shot at becoming successful, productive adults.  Many of the boys who were sent to the Preston Youth Correctional Facility had little to no family and were likely emotionally scarred.  Needless to say, Preston Castle was not a happy place for the majority of young men who ended up there. Continue reading