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America's Most Haunted Places: Whaley House

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Whaley House, San Diego

Built on the site of San Diego’s first public gallows in 1856, the Whaley House’s most famous ghostly resident is Yankee Jim Robinson, a drifter and thief who was hanged four years before the house was built. He can allegedly be heard walking in the halls, opening and closing doors, and making chairs rock and chandeliers seem to swing of their own accord. Many guests have also felt a sadness in the home, attributed to Whaley’s daughter, Violet, who committed suicide here. When Regis Philbin visited in 1964, he remarked: “There was something going on in that house.” It remains open for day and evening tours and ghost hunts.



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