Getty Images file photoKitschy-kitschy coup: Thomas Kinkade’s girlfriend says the late painter’s family has been pillaging his home near San Jose after finding cars vandalized and footprints in the attic.

Getty Images file photoKitschy-kitschy coup: Thomas Kinkade’s girlfriend says the late painter’s family has been pillaging his home near San Jose after finding cars vandalized and footprints in the attic.

Is Thomas Kinkade haunting his mansion?

Could the late “Painter of Light” Thomas Kinkade’s mansion be haunted? Is there danger lurking behind those glowing, candlelit cottage windows?

The Mercury News reports some strange activity at his mansion in the San Jose suburb of Monte Sereno, like cars being vandalized, doors being tampered with and a break-in in the attic that left ghostly footprints in the dust.

Has Kinkade returned from the grave to try and find those last hidden bottles of hootch he stashed, or could it be his ex-wife and children rifling through the joint, as his girlfriend Amy Pinto-Walsh alleges? She has been staying at the home and is trying to lay claim to half of the alcoholic artist’s fortune, citing a pair of barely legible handwritten notes of his that supposedly bequeath her the house plus $10 million. She’s staying put, despite being ordered to pay $11,000 a month in rent.

A security guard is also on hand 24-7 to make sure she doesn’t take any Kinkade masterpieces to the pawn shop.

This is gonna make one hell of a Hallmark Channel Christmas special.

Murder, she read

This just in: Sarah Palin has reportedly read a book.

Sources can confirm that the ex-governor of Alaska has completed Errol Morris’ “A Wilderness of Error,” about convicted family-murderer Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald.

Currently serving three life terms for the 1970 deaths of his wife and children, MacDonald was made famous in the Joe McGinniss book “Fatal Vision.” Morris’ book offers a new approach to the case and suggests that MacDonald could be innocent.

Enter Palin, who jumped at the chance to review it for Breitbart.com, probably because she despises McGinniss, who wrote an unflattering book about her last year.

“[He] is a stone cold manipulative liar,” she told the Hollywood Reporter. “He has viciously and cynically lied about my family and me, and I’ve no doubt that he has lied about others in his other books.”

Ergo, Morris’ new version has received a rave review from her. (We’d ask her what her other favorite books are, but we don’t want to trap her in a “gotcha” question.)

QUICK TAKES

  • Olympic snowboarder Shaun White was arrested for public intoxication and vandalism after allegedly going berserk at a Nashville hotel.
  • John Stewart will debate his nemesis, Bill O’Reilly, in a live-stream forum at George Washington University next month.
  • Author Candace Bushnell has settled a lawsuit with her former manager for past royalties that she owed him for her “Sex in the City” franchise.
  • Julio Iglesias’ luxurious Spanish home was engulfed in a forest fire, which also took the life of his dog, Chaplin.  
  • Freddie Highmore — the former child star who played Charlie Bucket in Tim Burton’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”— will play Norman Bates in the new A&E TV series based on the movie “Psycho.”


HAPPY BIRTHDAY

  • TV carpenter Carter Oosterhouse (“Carter Can”) is 36.
  • TV host Jimmy Fallon is 38.
  • Kim Richards of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” is 48.
  • Singer Trisha Yearwood is 48.
  • Chef Mario Batali is 52.
  • TV host Joan Lunden is 62.
  • Model Twiggy is 63.
  • Actor Jeremy Irons (“The Borgias”) is 64.
  • Actor Adam West (“Batman”) is 84.
  • TV host James Lipton is 86.

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