Winchester Mystery House has a mysterious moving chandelier

Send in the paranormal investigators. Wait, how about a building inspector instead?

Shaking Chandelier Spooks Staff At Winchester Mystery House « CBS San Francisco.

A video has surfaced showing a chandelier at the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose unexplainably shaking for several minutes. The phenomenon has spooked some people who work at the mansion.

Chris Turner, a staff member who was the only eyewitness, said the incident occurred three weeks ago before closing time. He recorded 18 seconds of video of the chandelier from behind a glass door.

Turner showed fellow staffer Lindsey Huffman, Winchester Mystery House’s Marketing Coordinator.

Huffman said there is no air conditioning at the house or evidence of a prank.

“It was very scary,” said Huffman. “Once in a while we’ll get a door closing or lights flickering but this is the most substantial experience employees have felt at this house in a few years.”

In fact, the tour guide who saw the chandelier shaking told Huffman she refuses to lead the last tour anymore.

One thing I immediately reacted to about this video; the brief clip we’re shown of the chandelier moving, it’s already in full swing. Someone could have pushed the chandelier before they started filming it and hey presto, you got video of paranormal activity. It could also be naturally moving air or loose beams that move in the floor above. But the first thing I would check is the date it was time and date it was taken and see if there actually was an earthquake. The chandeliers are perfect as pendulums. The house may be moving, people do not notice the slight shaking, but it is amplified by the hanging weight of the chandelier. Since I don’t have the date, I can’t check. Many many small quakes occur in this area every week.

Maybe if we had more information about when the chandelier starts to move all by itself, we might have something better to work with. There is no indication they investigated the event. And, note the ending comment:

The mystery has certainly generated plenty of interest: a cable network is scheduled to arrive and do a feature on the house next week.

Boom. Isn’t that always the way?

Just for fun, check out this story about the swinging chandelier in the Olymipia Washington Capitol Rotunda. Ha.

It’s worth noting this happened in the Winchester Mystery House, which is so big and oddly shaped, filled with mazes, secret passages and dead ends because the owner of the house back in the day, Sarah Winchester, kept building and adding stuff to the house after a medium told her the house was haunted and the only way to make make with the ghosts were to always keep building.

And all those twists, turns, dead ends, secret passages are deliberate, as they were Sarah’s way of trying to fool the ghosts.

So with a giant house, build specifically to fend off and confuse ghosts, maybe a moving chandelier shouldn’t surprise anyone… I mean, just look at the house.

News report from CBS San Francisco

  4 comments for “Winchester Mystery House has a mysterious moving chandelier

  1. Adam
    July 25, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    I went on the tour of the house and while it’s certainly weird, and probably a little creepy at night, at the end of the day it’s just a house built by a kook. It’s in the interests of the operators to attribute all kinds of spooky goings on for obvious reasons that have very little to do with the supernatural.

  2. William
    July 25, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    I quote Dr. Peter Venkman, “you’re right, no human could possible move that object…” ok, so this is an obvious attempt to get in more and more tourists…..I have never understood why anyone would want to tour that house anyway, save your money and go get a burger….

  3. One Eyed Jack
    July 25, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    What an utterly worthless video. The video starts with the chandelier in motion, so who is to say that someone didn’t start it swinging and then exit before the video began? Even without human intervention there are completely reasonable explanations like vibrations and harmonics to explain a swinging chandelier.

    Sounds like another case of cheap theatrics for publicity.

  4. William
    July 26, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    you know why they never see ghosts at a mc’donalds? because mcdonalds isnt hurting for business!

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