The Winchester Rifle is the Gun that Won the West. It was the innovative firearm that went into the hands of every lawman and lawless criminal who set out into the frontier to find their claim.
The inventor died a wealthy man, and his wife inherited much of his fortune and continuous pay, but at a cost.
Sarah Winchester’s name has dual infamy to it. She was the magnate’s wife who created a product that killed uncountable numbers of people while she was alive.
Her name was synonymous with death itself. Because of that, she became paranoid and believed the dead spirits that were put down by the Winchester rifles haunted her.
That is why, from 1886 to 1922, she built a house. A house that never ended. A maze of hallways, doors, and windows that led nowhere. It was not a living place but a labyrinth for the dead.
10 Before The Madness
Sarah Winchester, born Sarah Lockwood Pardee, married William Winchester in 1862 as the famous Winchester Rifles’ sales continued to increase without end.
They had a very comfortable life in Connecticut, across from the entire continent, where she would later end up with her decades-long construction project.
9 The Winchester Deaths
Sarah gave birth to a daughter, Annie, in 1866. Unfortunately, the infant child died just a few weeks later of a malnutrition disease.
Sarah was left scarred by the incident and never had another child. She remained distraught until 1881 when her husband died of tuberculosis. At that point, she believed her curse had started to manifest.