The top 10 lies about the Winchester Mystery House_sarah headshot


As Halloween approaches, employees at the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose are kicking the scary up a notch—opening Sarah Winchester’s Mystery Maze (a half-acre hay bale maze) and expanding the number of nighttime flashlight tours (all the while implying you might run into ghosts). But here’s the rub: According to a book by a local historian, the “mysteries” that attract thousands of people each year were manufactured by a family of 1920s-era carnies who first leased and then later purchased the property. In her tell–all book, Captive of the Labyrinth, Mary Jo Ignoffo lays out her research and findings, and today she shares the biggest deceptions surrounding one of California’s top tourist attractions.