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San Hauntse

San Hauntse

By Manuel Ávalos & Carmen Sánchez
Explore the mysteries, legends, and tales of San José, California with podcast hosts Manuel Ávalos and Carmen Sánchez every Friday. Listen to us on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or Anchor. Follow us on Instagram @SanHauntsePodcast for extra content. ** Have a personal spooky story to share about something that's happened in the South Bay? Message us at or tweet us @SanHauntsePod! **
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Episode 35: Joseph D. Grant House

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Episode 42: Hotel Sainte Claire
This iconic hotel located right in the center of San José is said to be haunted by a number of ghosts.
July 30, 2021
Episode 41: Moss Beach Distillery
This former speakeasy along the San Mateo County coast is famous for its Blue Lady ghost. But is she completely made up?
July 23, 2021
Episode 40: Peninsula School (Menlo Park)
Formerly known as the Coleman Mansion, this private school has been said to be haunted by Carmelita Parrott Nuttall.
July 16, 2021
Episode 39: Tor House (Carmel-by-the-Sea)
Carmel is a popular day-trip spot for locals—and for good reason! There's lots of local art, wine, and ghosts.
July 9, 2021
Episode 38: Fourth of July Special (Ft. Erik Escobar)
Happy Fourth of July! This week, we listen to some listeners' stories and interview comedian Erik Escobar.
July 2, 2021
Episode 37: Court of Mysteries (Santa Cruz)
It's not a court but it is mysterious. Is it spiritual or is it a tax evasion scheme?
June 25, 2021
Episode 36: Hellyer Park
Not to be confused with Hellyer House! This park is famous for its velodrome but also for the spooky things that happen here.
June 18, 2021
Episode 35: Joseph D. Grant House
This house located on Mt. Hamilton Road was once owned by the Grant family—but is now claimed to be haunted by their ghosts.
June 11, 2021
Episode 34: Cryptids of Monterey Bay
This week, we talk about a few sightings of mysterious creatures in Monterey Bay.
June 4, 2021
Episode 33: Pacheco Pass
Also known as "Bloody Alley," this stretch of road is known for ghosts, cryptids, and even time warping.
May 28, 2021
Episode 32: Mt. Madonna Inn
This inn (which has been closed and locked up since 2004) is supposedly haunted by the ghost of Sarah Alice Miller and possibly the ghosts of the many people that have been murdered around it. 
May 21, 2021
Episode 31: Rispin Mansion (Capitola)
This week, we check out the legend of the cursed Rispin Mansion that continues to cause legal controversy even today.
May 14, 2021
Episode 30: Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum
This acclaimed museum was started by Rosicrucians—a centuries old group that studies alchemy and Egypt amongst other things. But are they actually a cult?
May 7, 2021
Episode 29: Brookdale Lodge
This week, we wander down into the Santa Cruz Mountains to research the many hauntings of the Brookdale Lodge.
April 30, 2021
Episode 28: Haunted Hiking Trails of the Bay Area
As the weather gets warmer, we are getting into the spirit of spring by taking you all on a spooky walk through some of the Bay Area's most haunted hiking trails.
April 23, 2021
Episode 27: Valley Medical Center
The largest hospital in Santa Clara County is famously haunted and for good reason: it sits on top of hundreds of bodies. 
April 16, 2021
Episode 26: White Witch of Niles Canyon (Fremont)
This is the second part of our two-part series on the legends of Niles Canyon! Learn about the mysterious ghost that has been seen time and time again in this area but be sure not to offer her a ride if you see her...
April 9, 2021
Episode 25: Secret Sidewalk (Fremont)
This episode is part one of our two-part series on the legends of Niles Canyon. In this episode, we discuss the old Spring Valley Water Company aqueduct (AKA Secret Sidewalk) and the many legends associated with it.
April 2, 2021
Episode 24: Happy Hollow/Kelley Park
A family-friendly park and zoo next to a historical park or a ghost haven? Find out on this week's episode where we cover Happy Hollow Park & Zoo as well as Kelley Park.
March 26, 2021
Episode 23: Great America
Although fun and memorable, this amusement park is supposedly haunted by a number of ghosts seen by visitors and employees alike.
March 19, 2021
Episode 22: Bigfoot
From Alaska down to LA, Bigfoot has been spotted all along the West Coast but did you know that there have been reports here in the South Bay/Santa Cruz area?
March 12, 2021
Episode 21: The Town of Drawbridge
This week, we explore the ghost town of Drawbridge—located at the bottom of the San Francisco Bay, just north of San José.
March 5, 2021
Episode 20: San José Improv Comedy Club
This week, we take a look at the history of San José's Improv Comedy Club (formerly José Theater) and it's supposedly haunted history as San José's oldest theater!
February 26, 2021
Episode 19: Birthday Special
Celebrate our birthdays with us! This week, we take a look at a number of topics that our fans have requested, including UFOS and and Almaden Winery Park PLUS a special announcement towards the end! 
February 19, 2021
Episode 18: Vampires of Northern California
**This episode contains graphic explanations of true crime. Listener discretion is advised** This week we do things a little differently and look into some vampire legends and true crime stories in NorCal. 
February 12, 2021
Episode 17: Marsh Road
** Content warning for discussions of real sexual assault and murder** This week, we reflect on the tragic murder of Marcy Renee Conrad and her connection to the legend of Marsh Road. 
February 5, 2021
Episode 16: Hotel Del Monte (Monterey)
This week, we go down to Monterey to discuss the supposedly haunted Hotel Del Monte—now known as Herrmann Hall at the Navy Postgraduate School.
January 29, 2021
Episode 15: Quimby Road Jogger
This is a well-known San José legend that was surprisingly difficult to research. Nevertheless, we present some related information that may help us document the history of the story.
January 22, 2021
Episode 14: Haunted Schools of San José
Many of the schools in San José have spooky stories behind them. This week, we briefly explain all of their stories and read some San Joséans' own spooky school experiences.
January 15, 2021
Episode 13: Mission Santa Clara
This week, we look into the supposedly haunted Mission Santa Clara and its racist history. This is your reminder that San José is Ohlone land and the state of California/the US would not exist without the deliberate and intentional enslavement, displacement, and decimation of the Indigenous peoples that have lived on this land for centuries—and continue to do so today despite the threats to their existence. 
January 8, 2021
Episode 12: Hayes Mansion
Happy New Year! This week, we researched the supposedly haunted Hayes Mansion and the history of Mary Hayes Chynoweth and her family.
January 1, 2021
Episode 11: Christmas Special
Merry Christmas! This week, we discuss the mysterious monoliths, the Zodiac killer, the ghosts of the first state legislature, La Forêt Restaurant, and Bert Bertram's arm, and then play our listeners' stories! Stay safe everyone and please, wear a mask.
December 25, 2020
Episode 10: Toys R Us
This week, we researched the  Toys R Us in Sunnyvale said to be haunted by the ghost of Johnny Johnson.
December 18, 2020
Episode 9: Holy City
This week, we explore the ghost town of Holy City - unincorporated territory between San José and Santa Cruz with a history of cults.
December 11, 2020
Episode 8: Evergreen Cemetery (Santa Cruz)
This week, we take a trip down to Santa Cruz to explore an old cemetery with multiple ghost sightings and discuss Santa Cruz's influence on popular media.
December 4, 2020
Episode 7: Hellyer House
Happy Thanksgiving! This week, we researched 553 Hellyer Ave. also known as the "Senter of Hell." Hope your Thanksgiving was as good as the Doordash the ghosts there were eating!
November 27, 2020
Episode 6: Agnews Developmental Center
It's mental health awareness season—please be sure to take care of yourselves and each other! This week, we discuss both campuses of the Agnews Developmental Center and the history of mental health in California.
November 20, 2020
Episode 5: Friday the 13th Special
Happy Friday the 13th! This week, we're doing things a little differently by talking about the origins of Friday the 13th, 3 mini discussions on 3 haunted places (Trials Pub, Le Baron Hotel, and Splash Video Dance Bar), and sharing our listeners' spooky submissions!
November 13, 2020
Episode 4: Dottie's Pond
This week, we dive into the tale of Dottie's Pond located in Santa Teresa County Park and propose new theories about the connections between different legends we've discussed before.
November 6, 2020
Episode 3: Winchester Mystery House
Happy Halloween! This week we cover San José’s #1 tourist destination: the Winchester Mystery House and present our “thesis,” Winchester Mystery House: Feminism, Capitalism, and Post-Civil War Spiritualism. 
October 30, 2020
Episode 2: San Felipe Road
This week we discuss San Felipe Road, its haunted schoolhouses, and the mysterious white truck that appears on San Felipe Road. 
October 23, 2020
Episode 1: Chuck E. Cheese
Welcome to our first episode! This week we will be looking at the story behind the haunted Chuck E. Cheese off Tully Road.
October 16, 2020