Historic Haunted Mortuary For Sale in California

By on December 22, 2015

An historic home is for sale in Dunsmuir, complete with mortuary, human remains, and ghosts.
Historic haunted home and mortuary for sale in Dunsmuir, California
The Old Mortuary home for sale in Dunsmuir, CA

Behind the imposing facade of this historic Dunsmuir, California home is a dark history that has haunted the sleepy town for many years with tales of a dead mortician, his troubled wife, and a house full of restless spirits. Now, the house that inspired local author Maralee Lowder’s best-selling novel The Mortician’s Wife can be yours.

The property has changed hands several times in recent years. Some have claimed to witness ghostly phenomena in the house, while others have denied experiencing anything out of the ordinary. For current owner Brad Warner, who bought the house with his wife in 2010, strange things began happening almost immediately.

Living room

Lowder, a friend of the Warners, described their first encounter with whatever otherworldly inhabitants seem to have taken up residence in the home:

The current owners, Nancy and Brad Warner, readily admit to experiencing quite a variety of spiritual activities. As an example let me tell you about the very first night they stayed in their newly acquired home. They had brought all of their furniture in, but had not set up their bed yet. So, they placed their mattress on the main floor, in the living room. There was a roaring fire going in the fireplace, they had the lights turned on and were watching a DVD on their computer. Suddenly, everything went off—the lights, the computer…and the fireplace!

Brad spoke into the darkness, “We are going to be living here…this is our home now. We are not going to try to make you leave. All we want is to live here in harmony with you.” At that moment everything came back on. The lights turned on. The computer came back on. And, yes, the fire in the fireplace suddenly relit itself.

Since then, the sounds of footsteps, pages of a Bible turning by themselves, and other unexplainable happenings have become regular occurrences for the Warners. If you are wondering why, the answer can most likely be found in the basement.

The Old Mortuary Inn

Sometime in the early 1900s, the Young family moved into the house and opened a mortuary. While most of the house was remodeled when the Warner’s decided to open a “dead and breakfast,” the basement remains largely untouched. The bolts that once held the embalming table can still be found in the wall. The faucets used to wash bodies are still working. There is a long hallway once used by the horse-drawn hearse.

Bedroom belonging to the mortician's wife

According to local legend, Mr. Young died at the kitchen table. His wife was so distraught, she left him there to rot for weeks, locking herself away in her room where she felt safe from the spirits.

To add another layer to the mystery to the house, the Warners believe that architect Julia Morgan may have had a hand in the design. They think she came to know the Young family while she was working nearby on William Randolph Hearst’s Wyntoon estate. Though there is no documentation to support the claim, it is said that Morgan helped the Youngs remodel after a fire in the 1920s.

Haunted stairway

So what does the $899,000 price tag get you? Nearly 9,000 square feet of creepy. The three level home includes 7 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, the mortuary, and a casket in the basement containing the skeletal remains of a 17-year-old girl.

More on the house right here.

The house is located at 5957 Sacramento Ave, Dunsmuir, CA 96025

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  1. Former local & rational thinker

    September 2, 2016 at 11:32 am

    Brad Warner is the kind of creep you know would be selling stolen used cars in some backwoods sleepy town if he hadn’t married so many rich women. I had the misfortune of meeting him & his wife several times. I also know this property intimately & know when they bought it there was no coffin or human remains or remaining evidence of the mortuary’s embalming table. Further, Mr Young did NOT die in the house & his wife was not disturbed. One of their daughters lived in the house until her death in 1992. Since then a barrage of theives, con artists & liars have come & gone and not one has made any effort to care for or maintain this once-beautiful property. The house had been foreclosed on & the electricity shut off when Warner bought it & the fireplace chimney had collapsed on the third floor so there is no way they built a fire in the fireplace or had the lights on for his little fairy tale in this article. The roof remained tarpped for years after they bought it because they let the house continue to fall into disrepair. They never lived there, the power could not be restored & the city would not turn the water back on until the building department issued a new occupancy permit which I’m sure still hasn’t happened because the property is not suitable for occupation as a dwelling. There were 99 broken windows thanks to vandals & these frauds never saw fit to make any effort to replace a single one–thus the reason there are no pictures of the front of the building–the city has boarded the broken windows up and placed a lien against it because it’s a nuisance! Btw, they bought this property for less than $150k, their insane price tag is aimed to sucker some unsuspecting victim with more money than brains.
    Lastly, Julia Morgan had absolutely NOTHING to do with this property ever.

  2. Lost Buck

    June 15, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    You too could be the next investing sucker in these two criminals newest Bed & Breakfast Investing Ponzi scheme at the Old Judges Mansion in Yreka!

  3. John Smith

    May 11, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Did these weirdos, “Brad” and his goony wife, “Cousin It” know the 17 year old girl? Is there a 17 year old girl missing in Siskiyou County?

  4. John Smith

    May 11, 2016 at 10:41 am

    The house is actually condemned. It is sliding off its foundation. I’m a local psychic. I’ve been in the house. It is not haunted.

  5. Truth has to be said

    February 24, 2016 at 3:31 am


  6. Truth has to be said

    February 24, 2016 at 3:29 am


  7. Truth has to be said

    February 24, 2016 at 3:25 am

    I think you should know that the current owner bought the house for lass than 70,000 dollars and now he’s selling it for 899,000 dollars. What a joke!
    The house is falling apart! The furniture was put there just for the photo shoot! All the furniture are in the old house in Yreka Northern California. I repeat that property is falling apart!
    And I’d like to add the info here: Brad Warner (Harold Bradford Warner) is a criminal!
    He’s been arrested multiple times in California and also in Virginia where he was living before fleeing to California.
    You can get access to his arrest records and he’s mugshots just by looking him up on Google.
    Read Warner and he’s soon-to-be ex-wife Nancy Brown are nothing but con artist.
    Brad Warner also grows pot inside the old empty house with his son James Warmer. And they don’t even have a license to grow: The operation is completely illegal!
    Fortunately these people are leaving Dunsmuir and we’re letting everybody know about who they are!
    The community doesn’t need this kind of human garbage living amongst us!

  8. Donna

    January 1, 2016 at 9:47 am

    I want the Girl in the Basement, ‘d keane’ can have the coffin, I have my own. She would be MOST WELCOME in my home in New Orleans 🙂

  9. RC Hill

    December 28, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    She needs to be put to rest, but I think it’s bullshit! I’m a mortician so I will call the ME for that county.

  10. marihill

    December 24, 2015 at 7:19 am

    A house that beautiful inside and out…those spirits could pull off all the Beetle Juice crap they wanted I’m not leaving!! Why is there remains in the basement? Get rid of those your good to go.

  11. DJ

    December 23, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    Why in the hell are there remains of a 17 year old girl in the basement? What is wrong with these people?

  12. ted

    December 23, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    It will never sell for that,besides it only has parking for 1 car.

  13. d keane

    December 22, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    I’d sell my house if only it came close to the asking price. How much for just the casket in the basement?

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