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Captive Of The Labyrinth

Author : Mary Jo Ignoffo
ISBN : 0826272312
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Media Kit Since her death in 1922, Sarah Winchester has been perceived as a mysterious, haunted figure. After inheriting a vast fortune upon the death of her husband in 1881, Sarah purchased a simple farmhouse in San José, California. She began building additions to the house and continued construction on it for the next twenty years. A hostile press cast Sarah as the conscience of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company—a widow shouldering responsibility for the many deaths caused by the rifle that brought her riches. She was accused of being a ghost-obsessed spiritualist, and to this day it is largely believed that the extensive construction she executed on her San José house was done to appease the ghouls around her. But was she really as guilt-ridden and superstitious as history remembers her? When Winchester’s home was purchased after her death, it was transformed into a tourist attraction. The bizarre, sprawling mansion and the enigmatic nature of Winchester’s life were exaggerated by the new owners to generate publicity for their business. But as the mansion has become more widely known, the person of Winchester has receded from reality, and she is only remembered for squandering her riches to ward off disturbed spirits. Captive of the Labyrinth: Sarah L. Winchester, Heiress to the Rifle Fortune demystifies the life of this unique American. In the first full-length biography of Winchester, author and historian Mary Jo Ignoffo unearths the truth about this notorious eccentric, revealing that she was not a maddened spiritualist driven by remorse but an intelligent, articulate woman who sought to protect her private life amidst the chaos of her public existence. The author takes readers through Winchester’s several homes, explores her private life, and, by excerpting from personal correspondence, gives the heiress a voice for the first time since her death. Ignoffo’s research reveals that Winchester’s true financial priority was not dissipating her fortune on the mansion in San José but investing it for a philanthropic legacy. For too long Sarah Winchester has existed as a ghost herself—a woman whose existence lies somewhere between the facts of her life and a set of sensationalized recollections of who she may have been. Captive of the Labyrinth finally puts to rest the myths about this remarkable woman, and, in the process, uncovers the legacy she intended to leave behind.

The Possession Of Sarah Winchester

Author : Jim Duggins
ISBN : 9781467094764
Genre : Fiction
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On October 22, 1844, thousands of men, women and children, dressed in Ascension Robes, gather on a desolate, freezing hillside outside Boston to greet the end of the world. Among the crowd is terrified five-year-old, Sarah Pardee, for whom this is the beginning journey to extraordinary fame and notoriety. That night, Sarah is rescued by the cult’s founder, William Miller, and by Caty and Maggie Fox, who become her friends as they travel their own path to become America’s most distinguished “spirit rappers” interpreting rapping sounds in haunted houses. As for Sarah, she will go on to become Mrs. William Wirt Winchester, of Winchester rifle fame, one of the richest women in America. She will lose a daughter after only 42 days of life, an event that blights all her remaining days. Guided by an obsession with the spirit world, she will move to the San Jose, California and build one of America’s strangest and most famous structures. But first she will attend—and completely disrupt—the Charles Street School and then Mary Lyon’s Mount Holyoke Female Seminary (later Mount Holyoke College), she will meet Edwin Booth, America’s most famous Shakespearean actor, brother to John Wilkes Booth, who presides over a spiritualist meeting where Sarah first communicates with her deceased daughter. Thereafter she will be visited by a spirit guide who directs her building of the massive, controversial monument on the west coast. The Possession of Sarah Winchester tells this compelling story in her own words, revealing child/woman caught in the web of the rise of spiritualism in nineteenth century America. It portrays a brilliant woman’s mind inundated by repression, grief, and guilt over her family’s creation of a weapon that destroyed Native American lives and culture.

The Inscrutable Mrs Winchester And Her Mysterious Mansion

Author : Lisa L. Selby
ISBN : 1424113741
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Mrs. Sarah Winchester, heiress to the Winchester Repeating Arms fortune, lost her one-month-old daughter to a rare disease. Fourteen years later her husband passed away from tuberculosis. Seeking a psychic for answers, she was told a curse was put on her family by those killed with the Winchester rifle. The psychic told her to move west and build continuously on a house to appease the spirits. She would do as the psychic instructed, and over the 38 years she lived in San Jose, California, she built a 160-room Victorian mansion, with stairs that lead nowhere, a door that opens onto a 15-foot drop into the garden, and skylights in the floor. This biography starts with Oliver F. Winchester and his invention, then follows Sarah Winchester from her marriage to her death. It explores the myths surrounding her, as well as the facts that rarely come to light.--From publisher description.

Sarah Winchester My Neighbor

Author : Edith Daley
ISBN : 1986728986
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Learn the truth about Mrs. Sarah L. Winchester, one of the most interesting and mysterious women in American history. The story is told by one of Mrs. Winchester's neighbors: librarian and poet Edith Daley. Ms. Daley shares a wealth of material and personal insights about this unique woman, who built the Winchester "Mystery" House in San Jose, California. In a sympathetic, accurate manner, Edith Daley tells the real story of Sarah Winchester, who kept a room in her home with walls, carpet, and ceiling of white satin, which no one entered but herself. Ms. Daley also shares previously unrevealed information about Mrs. Winchester's everyday life, her habits, her humor, and her little-known generosity. Though this story was written in 1922, upon the death of Mrs. Winchester, it remains as interesting today as it was nearly a century ago. This is a short read, about 10,000 words long.

Winchester Mystery House

Author : Michael Ferut
ISBN : 9781612119434
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Secret passageways, stairways to the ceiling, and doors that open to walls. The Winchester Mystery House is full of tricks and traps. The heiress of the Winchester Rifle fortune built the house to confuse the ghosts that haunted her. Young readers will be amazed to discover how long she worked to escape her ghosts in this eerie title.

There Is No Lovely End

Author : Patty Templeton
ISBN : 0692231242
Genre : Ghost stories
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1884. Nathan Garlan hears and sees the dead. Using his uncanny aptitudes to assist society and its specters, he has become the most acclaimed medium in Boston. But not all esteem him. Nathan's own mother craves her boy butchered ... New Haven. Sarah Winchester is the heiress to the Winchester Rifle fortune and a haunted woman. She has searched for release from familial phantoms for two decades, yet found no respite. However, she has heard of a medium in Boston who regularly administers miracles... Will Sarah Winchester find serenity through Nathan Garlan's services? Or will Hester Garlan find her son first?

The House Built By Ghosts

Author : Caitlind L. Alexander
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It has over 160 rooms, 40 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, but only one shower. It has stairs that lead to the ceiling, and doors that, when stepped through, will drop you a story or more. It has 10,000 windows, a number of which are placed on inside walls, including a stained glass window made by one of the most expensive companies in the world, Tiffany. This is the Winchester Mystery House, the house built by spirits; and here is the story of how it came to be. Find out about this strange place and how it was built in this fun 15-minute book. Ages 8 and up. Reading Level: 6.9 LearningIsland.com believes in the value of children practicing reading for 15 minutes every day. Our 15-Minute Books give children lots of fun, exciting choices to read, from classic stories, to mysteries, to books of knowledge. Many books are appropriate for hi-lo readers. Open the world of reading to a child by having them read for 15 minutes a day.

The Winchester Mystery House

Author : Matt Doeden
ISBN : 9781515725855
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Experience the Winchester Mystery House as you've never seen it before„up close and personal! YOU CHOOSE the path you take through this haunted house's twisted stairways and hidden hallways. Follow the path of a modern-day visitor in this thrilling nonfiction title.

Goddess Of Love Incarnate

Author : Leslie Zemeckis
ISBN : 9781619026568
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Lili St. Cyr was, in the words of legendary reporter Mike Wallace, the “highest paid stripteaser in America.” Wallace was so fascinated by Lili that out of all the presidents and celebrities he interviewed over a long career, towards the end of his life, she was the one he remained fixated on. Her beauty had that kind of effect. Lili St. Cyr, the one time queen of burlesque, led an incredible life –six marriages, romances with Orson Wells, Yul Brenner, Vic Damone, a number of suicide attempts, all alongside great fame and money. Yet despite her fierce will she lost it all; becoming a recluse in her final decades, she eked out a living selling old photos of herself living with magazines taped over her windows. Goddess of Love Incarnate will be the definitive biography of this legendary figure, done with the cooperation of Lili’s only surviving relative. But the book does more than fascinate readers with stories of a byone era. St. Cyr was ahead of her time in facing the perils and prejudices of working women, and the book offers a portrait of a strong artistic figure who went against the traditional roles and mores expected of women at

The Murder Of Marilyn Monroe

Author : Jay Margolis
ISBN : 9781510702356
Genre : History
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A New York Times Best Seller! Since Marilyn Monroe died among suspicious circumstances on the night of August 4, 1962, there have been queries and theories, allegations and investigations, but no definitive evidence about precisely what happened and who was involved . . . until now. In The Murder of Marilyn Monroe: Case Closed, renowned MM expert Jay Margolis and New York Times bestselling author Richard Buskin finally lay to rest more than fifty years of wild speculation and misguided assertions by actually naming, for the first time, the screen goddess’s killer while utilizing the testimony of eye-witnesses to exactly what took place inside her house on Fifth Helena Drive in Los Angeles’ Brentwood neighborhood. Implicating Bobby Kennedy in the commission of Marilyn’s murder, this is the first book to name the LAPD officers who accompanied the US Attorney General to her home, provide details about how the Kennedys used bribes to silence one of the ambulance drivers, and specify how the subsequent cover-up was aided by a noted pathologist’s outrageous lies. This blockbuster volume blows the lid off the world’s most notorious and talked-about celebrity death, and in the process exposes not only the truth about an iconic star’s tragic final hours, but also how a legendary American politician used powerful resources to protect what many still perceive as his untarnished reputation. Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in history--books about World War II, the Third Reich, Hitler and his henchmen, the JFK assassination, conspiracies, the American Civil War, the American Revolution, gladiators, Vikings, ancient Rome, medieval times, the old West, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

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