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The Scariest Places in America

These asylums, horror film locations and other spooky sites show the creepier side of our country's history

WINCHESTER MYSTERY HOUSE, SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA

Though it's facade might not look frightful, this mansion has a strange past. It was built by a widow named Sarah Winchester, the heiress to the famous rifle company. According to the house's web site, following the untimely deaths of her daughter and husband, a psychic told Winchester that the tragedies had been caused by the spirits of those killed by the family's guns. She was told to build a large home for the ghosts to ensure her safety, with one stipulation: Construction could never stop. At the time of her death in 1922, the sprawling house had 160 rooms, 2,000 doors, and 47 stairways.