Mary Jo Ignoffo, Author
Captive of the Labyrinth:
Sarah L. Winchester, Heiress to the Rifle Fortune
Rarely is one individual assigned as many incarnations as Sarah L. Winchester, the reclusive heiress to the Winchester rifle fortune.
She has been variously described as a sedate Victorian lady, an obsessive adherent of Spiritualism, a moderately successful fruit farmer, a dabbler in the paranormal, an amateur architect, and a quirky neighbor.
But according to archival records unearthed by historian Mary Jo Ignoffo, much of the second half of Winchester’s eighty-three years was aimed not at dodging ghosts but at funding a tuberculosis hospital, the disease that stole her husband.