|The Winchester Mystery House from Wikimedia Commons|
Folklore says that after a series of tragic family deaths, Sarah consulted a Boston Medium. The medium told Sarah that she should leave her home in New Haven and travel west. Once there, she must continually build a home for herself and the spirits of people who had fallen victim to Winchester rifles. The medium claimed to have been channeling the spirit of William Winchester when she told Sarah this information. After that, Sarah came to believe that her family and fortune were haunted by ghosts. Under Sarah's day-to-day guidance, construction on the mansion proceeded around the clock without interruption (until her death on September 5, 1922). Upon her death, all work immediately ceased.