Alameda Paranormal Researchers

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On the Road with APR

Posted by Sommer on April 10, 2012 at 7:55 PM

On the Road with APR


After seeing many paranormal hotspots on ghost related TV shows, people may be planning on visiting said locations to get a similar experience as what they witnessed by their favoriteTV Ghost hunting crews.  APR travels to many of the “as seen on TV” locations and will give an honest review so you know if it is worth your time or not worth a dime.  These are our opinions so take them for what they are, just an opinion.  Our hope is to save you time and money!


Many locations have terrific history and could be worth a visit but for some don’t expect the place to be crawling with any type of true paranormal activity. Sadly, many locations are not what they seem.


First stop, Winchester Mysteryhouse located in San Jose, CA.  Many people have taken the infamous tours that claim Sarah Winchester was haunted by the spirits of the people killed by Winchester Rifles.  The house itself has many architectural curiosities like doors that lead to nowhere and a bizarre fascination with the number 13 (ex: 13-bathrooms).  But was Sarah really tormented by ghosts and did she really have séances every night to keep them satisfied?  Is the Winchester house cloaked in mystery or was Sarah L. Winchester just living in misery after the death of her husband and daughter?


All stories true or false aside, the home itself is nearly impossible to have a true paranormal investigation.  Each room is sealed off so you may only look from a distance and some areas are protected by a piece of glass that you may not go behind.  You are not allowed to touch any “artifacts” and most recently they have decided to not allow any photography or recording devices. Here is the most outrageous part, the cost! 


From the Winchester House:


“Paranormal research may be done during ournormal operating hours (9am to 5pm) for $1,000/hour, and must work around ourongoing public tours. For private after hours (night) investigations, the costis $2,000/hour. Research activity must be concluded no later than 1am. Noovernight stays are permitted.

The investigating party must also provide a certificate of insurance, showing$1,000,000 general liability coverage, with the Winchester Mystery House® listed as additionally insured.

Unfortunately, no photography or videography is permitted inside the mansion.Your investigative equipment would have to be limited to devices that do notrecord images.”

It is clear by the outrageous cost of conducting any type of paranormal investigation that the Winchester House is not paranormal investigator friendly.  Any location that has a TV show ghost hunting team coming in to summon ghosts from another paranormal spot across the country essentially proves there is nothing to investigate there.


In short, the Winchester house is not worth a dime when it comes to anything paranormal.  It is however, a great location to visit to see some odd architecture and look at some old Winchester Rifles in their museum.


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