Since it’s blog-tober and I love a good scary story, I thought that I could post more of my “Investigating the Mysterious” blogs every Tuesday for what I’m going to call #TerrifyingTuesday!
This week, I wanted to talk about a haunted house that is supposedly ranked as America’s number one haunted location. Let’s talk about it:
THE STORY BEHIND THE WHALEY HOUSE
The Whaley House, located in San Diego, California, was home to the Whaley family. However, the home served as far more than a place for the family to lay their heads. According to the Whaley House Museum website, the home also served as a “granary, the County Court House, Sand Diego’s commercial theater, business … a ballroom, a billiard hall, school, and a polling place.”
That’s a lot of stuff to cram into this location, which doesn't seem to be all that big. Paranormal activity at this location is credited to centuries-old ghosts, ghosts that haunted the original owners.
It was said that Anna Whaley told local children about Yankee Jim Robinson, the 6-foot-four ghost who's troubled life had resulted in his untimely death. According to legend, Jim came into the town and began taking things that didn't belong to him. So the locals, being fed up with him, hanged him.
Several years later, Thomas Whaley purchased the property and built his home there. As it turns out, Yankee Jim wasn't the first person killed in that spot. Family members and friends began to share their concerns about Whaley's choice, but he didn't listen!
her cat and dog, which can both be seen chasing one another in the house and the garden. The house is also said to be haunted by Thomas, Thomas Jr., and Violet Whaley.
OTHER PARANORMAL ACTIVITY
- The sound of a gavel banging in the area that served as the courtroom.
- Laughter and music.
- Footsteps, of both adults and children. The children's footsteps are thought to be those of Thomas Whaley, Jr., who died in the home at 18 months of scarlet fever.
- The suicide of Violet Whaley. She is said to also haunt the home and bring with her a feeling of great sorrow. She was sad because her marraige to George T. Bertolacci ended in divorce. She killed herself at the age of 22 by shooting herself with her father's revolver. Her suicide note read: "Mad from life's history, swift to death's mystery, glad to be hurled, anywhere, anywhere, out of this world."
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So, is the Whaley House haunted? It certainly seems so. When doom follows a certain family for so many years, how could there not be something going on in their home? All I know is, I don't think I'll be paying a visit. What do you think, is it haunted?
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