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The Sunnyvale Toys'R'Us is a store erected in 1970 over an old ranch that existed in the 1800s. It is located in Sunnyvale, California. The ghost of Johnny Johnson haunts the land around Sunnyvale Toys'R'Us, not just the building itself. The popular toy store was built on the land where he had died.
Staff and customers alike have reported multiple incidents of what they believed to be a haunting. The ghost-busting community online is chock full of stories, from clerks and shelf-stockers hearing their names whispered to them, or feeling cold breezes and seeing objects moving around on their own. The women’s bathroom, in particular, seemed especially spooky because the sink’s faucet taps would turn on by themselves. And some female employees said they experienced what felt like some invisible being playing with their hair.
A 2007 piece on Snopes.com, the fact-checking site, featured a women named O’Brien, who had worked at the store 18 years stocking shelves. “I don’t believe in ghosts,” O’Brien said “But you feel a breeze behind you. Someone calls your name and there’s nobody there. Funny things happen here that you can’t explain.”
The report talked about dolls and toy trucks leaping off shelves, balls bouncing down the aisle and children’s books falling off racks. “Baby swings move on their own,” it said. “The folks at Toys ‘R’ Us say they’ve tried to explain it logically but can’t.
In 1978, psychic Sylvia Browne held a séance there for the first time. The ghost haunting the store allegedly reveled himself as "Johnson". Johnson’s ghost told Browne that he was a preacher and ranch hand in the 1880s on what was then the Murphy family farm. “He spoke with a mild Swedish accent, and his first name was John, Yon, or Johan,”. “Ten of sixteen people assembled there for the séance said they heard a ‘high buzzing noise’ when Browne was supposedly listening to the ghost.”
“The ghost told her he had been in love with Murphy’s daughter Elizabeth, who ran off with an East Coast lawyer. Old news clippings say Johnson accidentally hacked his leg with an ax while carelessly chopping down trees. Another story said Johnson was found dead in the orchard with an ax wound in his neck. Both stories say he bled to death.”
- Snopes, Haunted Toys ‘R’ Us, by DAVID MIKKELSON, 16 January 2007
- The Mercury News, This Bay Area Toys R Us is about to vanish like a ghost, By PATRICK MAY | firstname.lastname@example.org | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: March 23, 2018 at 9:29 am | UPDATED: March 24, 2018 at 7:29 am