May 5, 2011
For once, I beat the FoF team somewhere. Last year (mid-2010), I was down in San Diego with my wife. While she attended a conference, I searched the net for local haunted spots and found Whaley House, supposedly the only haunted house certified by the US Government! I packed my gear into the car and drove on over.
In 1852, "Yankee Jim" Robinson was hanged for grand theft riverboat. Attending the hanging was wealthy merchant Thomas Whaley, who later realized that he could buy the site of the hanging cheap. After all, who else would want it? There were consequences, though. According to the Whaley House's web site, Whaley was haunted the rest of his life by the sound of heavy boots tromping around his home, and believed he was being tormented by the late Yankee Jim. (Ignore the stock gallows photo on the show. They improvised a gallows for Yankee Jim out of some wooden beams, a mule, and a cart.)