San Diego June 20, 2020, 09:06:18 PM San DiegoOne California location recognized by the State of California as an Official Haunted House is San Diego's Whaley House (2482 San Diego Ave., San Diego 92110. Phone: 619-298-2482). It was built in 1857 by Thomas Whaley, who also rented out part of the house as a county courtroom and records depository. But the $65-per-month rent never made up for all the grief he received because of it. His beautiful home became the center of a power struggle between people in Old Town, where the mansion was located, and the New Towners, who wanted the county records kept in their section of the growing city. One day while Thomas was out of town, a gang of New Towners broke into his house, terrorized his wife and daughter, and stole all the records. For nearly twenty years Thomas tried to collect damages from the County for his ransacked house, but he died without ever receiving a dime. Almost a century later, when the County bought the house and started restoration, strange things began to happen. Workmen told of ghosts walking on the second floor, windows that opened by themselves, and alarms which went off for no reason. Visitors to the house have reported seeing the ghosts of Thomas and his wife in the hallways and descending the staircase, as well as the ghosts of his dog, little girl, and baby son (who died at 17 months). Several people have reported seeing a man hanging in a doorway in the house. He is thought to be the ghost of Jim Robinson, who was caught stealing a boat and sentenced to death by a drunken judge. When he was hung on a gallows on the Wharton property, the noose failed to snap his neck, and he hung flailing in the air for nearly an hour, cursing and screaming, before he finally strangled to death.