'Ghost Hunters' Investigate Wolfe Manor in Clovis, California

The creepy old house on Clovis Avenue that has been at various times a sanitarium, a convalescent home and a Halloween attraction has found yet another incarnation -- a paranormal destination.

Wolfe Manor, a few blocks south of Shaw Avenue, is the site of popular spirit-seeking tours and a Web-based ghost investigation show.

This week, it will be featured on an episode of the Sci Fi Channel's "Ghost Hunters," the leading paranormal investigation show on TV. It airs at 9 p.m. Wednesday.
With all this growing clout in the paranormal world, the plan is to turn the property into a haunted hotel that would attract people to Clovis.

"I get e-mails every day from people," says owner Todd Wolfe. "They're asking 'How do we get reservations?' "

Attracting attention

Getting on "Ghost Hunters" -- a show Wolfe calls the paranormal equivalent of "Oprah" -- is no easy task.

The team behind the show, The Atlantic Paranormal Society (or TAPS), gets "about 1,000 requests per day," says investigator Amy Bruni. Since "Ghost Hunters" has become the most popular paranormal investigation show on TV, people often seek it out to prove or disprove people's belief that a location is haunted.

So while Wolfe Manor's owner and its devotees were writing letter upon letter, trying to get "Ghost Hunters" to Clovis, they also started their own Haunted Wolfe Manor Live, a streaming Web show that airs at 7 p.m. Sundays. (Go to wolfemanorhotel.com for more information and links to the show.)

Now in its second season, Haunted Wolfe Manor Live has a different take from most: Rather than a team of investigators going from site to site looking for spirits, it brings paranormal investigators from various shows and Web sites to the Wolfe Manor, which has boosted its name and reputation in paranormal circles.

It wasn't long before Bruni and TAPS' West Coast team were at Wolfe Manor. After the initial investigation, Bruni sent word back to "Ghost Hunters" lead investigators Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson.

"We told Jay and Grant, 'You guys need to come check this place out. We had some crazy results,' " Bruni says.

That's the type of endorsement that got "Ghost Hunters" top investigators out to Clovis for four days in September.

"It definitely delivered," says Bruni, who took part in the investigation. "I can tell you that something happened in the basement to Jason and Grant that they have never experienced in all their years of investigating."

History and haunts

When Todd Wolfe bought what would become Wolfe Manor in 1997, he had no idea what kind of history the house had. All he saw was the potential for a scary Halloween haunt.

As part of his popular "Scream If You Can" attraction, Wolfe and his crew created their own past for the house, calling it Andleberry Estate.

It wasn't until the city shut down "Scream If You Can" after seven years that Wolfe and paranormal investigators from the area started to unfold more of the house's history.

Through research, they've pieced together that the house was constructed in the early 1920s in a competition between brothers-in-law trying to build the better house. After the Great Depression, the house became both a sanitarium and a convalescent home before becoming dormant until Wolfe bought it.

It was during the run of "Scream If You Can" that Wolfe started to realize there was more haunt to the house than what he had created. He says he was touched by something once while decorating. A few more similar experiences turned a skeptical Wolfe into a believer.

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