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“Most Haunted” TV Show at Winchester House Oct 19th

The television crew for the British show, “Most Haunted”, will be on site at the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose on October 19th. It will be filming and broadcasting live for 7 hours, according to the show’s website.

Ghosts of Vallco Shopping Center in Cupertino

Yesterday I received an email from a Silicon Valley resident who says that as a child, she was in the basement of The Emporium (now Macy’s) at Vallco and saw not one ghost, but a large group of them.

Here’s what she told me about it – she would love any feedback on this place that others might have:

“When I was 12 or 13, shopping at the Emporium, downstairs in the basement, I saw a group, yes group, of spirits, ghosts, I don’t know what to call them. There were about 20-25 of them, all different ages and sizes, all dressed from the previous century, and all with a far look of dread on their faces. They were standing at the glass doors that lead out to the underground parking lot, which is now Macy’s. It was the most scariest experience I have ever had, and as I fled up the escalator and looked back, they were all still there, as though something awful happened to them. Years later when I was newly married, I recounted this story to my husband who turned white, freaked out, and said the same thing happened to him and his friend when he was younger, the same exact place, too. We went together (25 yrs later) with our daughter to the exact location, not sure if we would see them again, but it was FREEZING cold and there was a foreboding in our chests.”

Has anyone else had this experience there? Or know anything of the history of that spot that might shed some light on this?

Rengstorff House in Mountain View, CA

Mountain View is an upscale, fast paced city within Silicon Valley. The bustling, traditional old downtown is full of shops and an enormous variety of restaurants of every kind.

But I always thought “Mountain View” sounded like the name of a cemetery. Kind of like Anything “Manor” sounds like a convalescent home. So to me, it just sounds like it should be haunted.

Sleeping Ghostie - art by Clair HandyBut I digress. This morning I found a pretty good source for haunted places (though it misses both the Winchester Mystery House and the famously haunted Toys R Us in Sunnyvale – both here in Silicon Valley). The site is

This site does a very thorough and balanced telling of the notably haunted Rengstorff House in Mounain View. The old mansion was indeed well known to be haunted, fell into disrepair, was later moved and restored and is now basically part of the parks system. I haven’t toured it and in fact had forgotten about it – but I’d like to go see it.  Sometimes I can feel if a place is haunted (sometimes not). So perhaps I’ll go and get a better sense if the young woman is still there. For her sake, I hope not, I hope she has crossed over! But if nothing else, the Realtor in me can feast upon the site of a beautiful Victorian.

To read about the mansion, its history and the apparitions, please visit the Haunted Houses site:

Bay Area Ghost Hunters

Los Gatos Ghost Tour by Mary Pope-HandyA few days ago, a member of the Bay Area Ghost Hunters  society, Mandy,  called me to ask about viewing a haunted spot in Los Gatos – the site of the old cemetery. Turns out the BAGH had a meeting in Los Gatos at the new Starbucks at 6:30 tonight, and I was invited to join them. I did.

What a nice group of people! I had only intended to stay a few minutes since this week, I’m a single parent (only this week – husband Jim is away on business) and I needed to get dinner on for the kids.  OK, “need” is an exaggeration. They are 16 and 18 and they could certainly fix it themselves. But last night I was showing a listing of mine until almost 8pm and dinner was really, really late – and I just didn’t want to do that again. I guess you could call it Momma Guilt. Or maybe it’s “enjoy them now, soon they’re off to college”.

Anyway, I did stay for about 45 minutes (3x what I intended!) and loved hearing how everyone else – most of whom were first-timers like I was – got interested in ghosts and things that go bump in the night. 

Some in the group were quite intuitive, some had experienced ghost phenomena, and some not intuitive and hadn’t experienced anything, but had a deep curiosity anyway. So the gamut was there. All of them simply shared a common desire to learn more and to see what could be discovered together.

Also interesting to me was the fact that several have worked with cameras and video in their professional work and several had seen “something” in the course of their using these tools too.

My contribution was to provide a list and map (of sorts) of the public spots I know to be haunted in downtown Los Gatos. I hope the members liked it!

I’ll be back! Meetings apparently will happen about once a month. 

More On Senter Road Ghost (San Jose)

Yesterday, this comment was left on the Haunted Real Estate Blog regarding a home on a street in east San Jose:

Lam Huynh Says:
July 21st, 2007 at 6:09 am e
I hear from some one said near 7 eleven store at senter road CA san jose ( one of the house leave emty more them 5 years), someone said that wes haunter house, can anyone investigate on this. cross street have a big suppert market. I for got the name is (senter food or center food), can any one update or share the information about this?

A friend of mine, Deb Wible, collects ghost stories in San Jose. So I took this question to her and this was her response today:

When my son went to a prom at the Scottish Rites center in St. James
Park, I was talking to 3 policemen on duty outside the building. I told
them I was interested in haunted sites in San Jose, and asked if they
knew of any. Two laughed, but one said there is a house on Senter that
is so haunted no one will stay in it! My husband and I drove up and down
Senter, which divides into 2 streets, but we couldn’t tell which house
it was.
Deb Wible

Anyone else have more infomation on the house on Senter Road, San Jose?

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