The Curse of the Winchester Rifle

In “Love, Daisies and Troubadors”, Luke breaks into Lorelai’s house and begins to fix things around her home, including her cheap locks. Like Sarah Winchester, Luke turns to home renovations to avoid his emotions. Lorelai encourages Luke to resolve his issues with his girlfriend Rachel which “starts with ceasing work on the Winchester Mystery House here.”

Sarah Winchester married William Wirt Winchester in 1862, the heir to the Winchester Repeating Arms Company. In 1866 the couple had a daughter, Annie, but unfortunately, she died 40 days later due to Marasmus.

Sarah Winchester, cursed by spirits and doomed to continue construction on her 160 acre property

The death of her daughter was not the only tragedy in Sarah’s life, in 1861, the year after he inherited his family fortune, William died of Tuberculosis. Following William’s passing Sarah inherited $20 million dollars (in 1880 dollars), 50% of Winchester stock, and approximately $1,000 in royalties each day.

Like many people during this time, Sarah believed in Spirituralism which involves séances and the appeasement of spirits. Sarah visited a psychic who told her that she was haunted by the spirits of those who were killed by the Winchester rifles that her husband’s family produced. To ward off these spirits, Sarah was told to build a house where construction never stopped.

Sarah purchased 160 acres of farmland in San Jose, California. Following orders of the psychic, Sarah’s new house was under construction 24/7, as she feared if it ceased for even a moment, she would die. Sarah’s devout belief in Spiritualism was heavily represented in the construction of the house, the number 13 is represented in custom made chandeliers, stain glass windows and the like.

Despite her efforts, her death came two decades later on Sept. 5, 1922. After her death, the house was turned into a popular tourist destination as there are many architectural oddities; such as the infamous door leading to no where.

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