Sunday, April 5, 2015

A Walk Through the Haunted Whaley House

Our friend Anne Marie recently went to the Whaley House Museum in San Diego and caught an orb (the most  simple form a ghost can take) in one of her photos looking down the main stairway. 
 
The orb is at the bottom of the stairway
Whaleyhouse.org said the earliest documented ghost at the Whaley House is "Yankee Jim." James (aka Santiago) Robinson was convicted of attempted grand larceny in San Diego in 1852, and hanged on a gallows off the back of a wagon on the site where the house now stands. Heavy footsteps were heard moving about the house. Whaley described them as sounding as though they were made by the boots of a large man.

Then there's the ghost of Mr. Whaley: Many visitors to the house have reported encountering Thomas Whaley himself. .

- The website says: The specter of Anna Whaley has also been reported, usually in the downstairs rooms or in the garden. In 1964, Mrs. Whaley's floating, drifting spirit appeared to [television personality Regis] Philbin.Other visitors have described seeing or sensing the presence of a woman in the courtroom.  The site also says there's a ghost of a young girl and a spotted dog. There's a LOT going on in there!!!

Yankee Jim's Grave
Anne Marie said:    Violet committed suicide in the “privy” (a.k.a. outhouse) after her husband, whose intent was to marry her and then run away with the money she’d inherit, left her. He bailed on her and never got the money. She’d been prone to depression, and of course at that time, with no true understanding of depression, and then this having happened to her, and she was in her early 20’s (when a lot of mental illness decides to emerge), she took her father’s gone, went out into the “privy” and shot herself. So tragic!
I stood over Yankee Jim’s grave and asked him to show himself to me there. He didn't.  I don’t think he was the orb in the house. The archway that you see in the salon is the spot where he was hanged. The thing about Yankee Jim was that he was 6’3” or so, and the gallows were not set up for such a tall man, so when the bottom was released to hang him, his neck never broke, and he hung there for about 40 minutes or so, strangling to death. 
My gut instinct tells me that the orbs were women of the house. Possibly Violet, Anna, or someone else. The feeling I get when I look at these are not one of fear or happiness or really anything. They’re just kind of there. Not good, not bad… just there. Like maybe a mother and 2 daughters??? Not sure.
The courtroom gave me some pretty significant feelings. The feeling within the courtroom was not a happy feeling. It’s hard to describe – it was like a feeling of severity and harshness. Justice may have been carried out, but not always, and I don’t think people’s outcomes there were necessarily fair. The feeling was “stern” if that makes any sense. 

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

Great Books by our friends

Great Books by our friends
Check out these great books (yeah, Rob's are in there, too)

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

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