Ghost Adventures: Westerfeld House
Zak and the crew head to San Francisco to investigate the historic Westerfeld House, which played host to satanic rituals performed by underground occultist filmmaker Kenneth Anger and Church of Satan founder Anton LaVey.
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The Westerfeld House is a historic building in the heart of San Francisco with a dark past. The location has been home to satanist rituals, murders and unexplained experiences for decades.
Satanic rituals were often performed throughout all rooms of the house.
Anton LaVey, the founder of the Church of Satan, thought the house had the ability to connect with dark currents of energy. Those currents are felt even today by all who live in or step foot in the house.
Spirits Enter Here
The owner of the building, Jim Siegel, shares his experience in this dining room involving a Ouji board and an electric shock that went through his body as he tried to contact the spirits in house.
Coffins in the Parlor
Seigel bought the house in 1986, enchanted with it's resemblance to the Addams' family house. He keeps relics from its dark past around like this coffin which sits in the parlor.
The Westerfeld House is full of pictures, drawings and needlepoints of its own image. Many who visit the house become affected by its haunting presence.
Kelly Edwards, the property manager, tells the crew there is one man who will often sit across the street from the house and draw it all day, haunted and fascinated by the dark presence of the house.
The parlor and the ballroom were host to many parties held at this storied house. Celebrity guests often attended, intrigued by the wicked history surrounding the location. Harry Houdini once attended and performed telepathic mind tricks on party guests.
Connection to Kenneth
Filmmaker Kenneth Anger moved into the house in the 1960s. He filmed satanic rituals and parts of his film, Invocation of My Demon Brother, in the house. He was intrigued by the wicked past of the house and perpetuated the location's propensity to harbor dark spirits.
Blessed or Cursed?
Though the owner had the house blessed in 1988, the house has been unable to rid darkness from its history, and the wicked energy remains just as these old chairs and wallpapers do.
The ballroom was used for many social gatherings when William Westerfeld first built this 28-room mansion in 1889. Westerfeld died in his bedroom, as did the next owner, John Mahony. The current owner has had many experiences in that same bedroom, which he now also stays.
One of the 28 rooms in the house — previous owners of the house died in bedrooms like this one.
The First Floor
The first floor of the house, including the ballroom, dining room and parlor, were host to a Russian nightclub in the early 1900s. The first floor staircase landing was also used in Kenneth Anger's film Invocation of My Demon Brother, which features scenes of satanic rituals. The dark history of the house and the rituals that have been performed there inform the eerie and wicked occurences that continue to haunt those who enter.
The Animal Room
This room, called the "animal room," features taxidermied animals and animal skins. Chairs in this room have been said to move unexpectedly.
The Second Floor
The property manager of the house, Kelly, says one night he went upstairs to get something out of the fridge and heard two men talking — they were the only ones in the house at the time. When he returned, his girlfriend said she saw a shadowy figure cross the the TV while he was gone.
Many people over the years have fallen victim to dark powers within these walls, including one young man who fell under the spell of Charles Manson after meeting him first in the house. The young man would go on to commit one of the first Helter Skelter murders in 1969.
The Tower Room
The tower room is the most infamous room in house, host to satanic rituals and broadcasts throughout the house's history. It is those rituals that have left a satanic stain on the house to this day.
The tower room is high enough to offer great views of the city.
Spooky in San Fran
Undoubtedly one of the spookiest homes in all of San Francisco.
We’re ready to lockdown Westerfeld House. Don’t miss the investigation, Saturday at 9|8c.