𝗦𝗣𝗢𝗢𝗞𝗬 construction 𝗛𝗢𝗥𝗥𝗢𝗥 stories

To celebrate Halloween, we’re sharing some of the creepiest jobsite stories we were able to dig up. From ghoulie superintendents to unwelcomed finds underground, these misfortunate jobsites are full of crazy claims and even crazier sightings– enough to scare the bravest contractors.

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To celebrate Halloween, we’re sharing some of the creepiest jobsite stories we were able to dig up. From ghoulie superintendents to unwelcomed finds underground, these misfortunate jobsites are full of crazy claims and even crazier sightings– enough to scare the bravest contractors.

Winchester Mystery Mansion

In 1881, Sarah Winchester became exceptionally wealthy seemingly overnight after inheriting nearly 20.5 million dollars (500 million today) following the death of her husband, wealthy rifle business owner William Winchester. Already grieving after the unexpected passing of their only daughter,  Sarah was now childless, widowed, and completely alone. 

Unsure of her next steps, she turned to a psychic medium — who is the driving force behind this bizarre story. The psychic advised Sarah to move out West to make amends with the many restless souls murdered by Winchester Rifles. 

This sparked a 38 year construction on a mansion made up of seven floors, 300 rooms, 13 bathrooms, two ballrooms, six kitchens, 47 fireplaces, two basements, and three elevators. It also boasted 10,000 panes of glass and 2,000 doors.

According to legend, Sarah’s intention was to confuse and mislead the angry spirits who haunted her. She used a Ouija board to communicate with the spirits, who advised her on what changes to make to the house — resulting in doors like this opening to nothing but the air.

It’s rumored that her carpenters worked all day, every day, rotating in shifts to meet her ever-changing demands. However, Sarah payed her workers 50% more than the average wages of the time so the staff was more than happy to satisfy her commands.

Today, after many earthquakes and much-needed renovations, only four stories and 160 rooms remain. But all of the original mystery is still intact. Was Sarah trying to escape the spirits she believed haunted her, or did she simply get lost in her own blue prints?

The Ted Bundy House

You have probably heard some of the horrific acts committed by the hands of Ted Bundy, but according to one contractor, there’s something especially spooky about the childhood home of this infamous serial killer. 

Casey Clopton, a home remodeling contractor in Washington, was hired to do some renovation work on the house in October of 2016, according to the New York Post.  Shortly after entering the property, Clopton started noticing some strange happenings, all before he even knew the history of the house, he claims.

Clopton told the Post that several electronics, like cell phones, began to die or get unplugged without an explanation.  Some of the furniture would also fall over without anyone in the house.  Perhaps most frightening were the messages he found written in drywall dust on the floors and windows that said “leave” and “help me.” 

The Post explains that, “Things apparently got so bad that Clopton penciled Bible verses on the walls, and called in two pastors to bless the house before continuing work. The pair reportedly went from room to room, reading scriptures and saying blessings.” After the renovation was complete, the house reportedly sold for $335,000.

Human Specimen Excavation 

As if tales of ghosts and hauntings at the famous Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas isn’t disturbing enough, a landscaper at the hotel recently discovered something pretty creepy buried on the grounds — calling for a full blown archaeological excavation to take place.

Among the many tales about the history of the hotel, is one about Norman Baker, a self proclaimed medical “doctor” who secured fame as well as state and federal prison charges by promoting a supposed cure for cancer in the 1930’s.

The team found some bottles containing what appear to be tumor and tissue samples preserved in alcohol while others hold a tincture once marketed as a cancer cure. Together, the vessels tell the story of a sinister chapter in the state’s medical history. 

The discovery is identical to those that appeared on an advertising poster of the late Norman Baker, which remains on display in the hotels museum to this day. 

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