In the movie Winchester, eccentric firearm heiress Sarah Winchester (Oscar, Tony and Emmy winner Helen Mirren) believes she is haunted by the souls of people killed by the Winchester repeating rifle.
In real life Sarah Winchester constantly constructed and reconstructed rooms for 38 years at her mansion in San Jose, California, where much of the film was shot. At one point, there were 600 rooms in the mansion, many very tiny.
Some say she slept in different bedrooms so the spirits couldn’t find her. She also built stairs that lead to nowhere and a maze of secret passageways to throw off the spirits. One area in particular, called the witch’s cap, is where Winchester was believed to communicate with the dead.
She was also an innovator of her time, installing the latest technologies and appliances at the home. And used only the finest materials that money could buy.
The Winchester Mystery House is an actual mansion that is located in San Jose California and is now a tourist attraction.