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5 of the Most Haunted in Missouri USA: Phantoms of the Show Me State!
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The phantoms of five of the most haunted places in Missouri are eager to tell their spooky stories. Here are our spine-chilling picks from the Show Me State!

Missouri State Penitentiary

Jefferson City, Missouri

Haunted Missouri State Penitentiary

As one of the longest-running maximum-security prisons in the U.S., it began housing inmates in 1836. It was once referred to as the "Bloodiest 47 acres in America", it started using prisoners to provide the labor for building several mansions near the prison. This included the warden’s mansion and the quarry stone wall that still surrounds the prison today. Yes, these inmates were essentially treated like slaves and the conditions were extremely brutal. Within this building is a basement of dungeons, referred to as the “Hole.” This was used to house post Civil War criminals.

With its chilling and gruesome history and spiritual remnants left behind, it should come as no surprise that this property is one of the most haunted in the nation. Tales of ghostly visitors began long before the prison closed with both prisoners and guards reporting having seen apparitions. A-Hall, the prison’s oldest building is said to be the most intensified hotspot of unearthly activity. Inside the massive stone building are four tiers of cells with catwalks that crisscross its width. In this building, paranormal reports have included the feeling of having been touched by ghostly hands, an overwhelming smell of body odor. Many have seen an apparition of a man spied on the catwalk, and movements in the darkness and shadows of the building. Equipment often malfunctions here, chilling disembodied voices have been captured on recorders, and some have felt an invisible force breathing down their necks.

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Haunted Castle House

Brumley, Missouri

Haunted Castle House

History of the site goes back to 1812 with various buildings on the property, but the current home wasn't built until around 1850 by Dr. Walter Dixon. This was when it was called the Castle House due to its unusual style. On a given Saturday, Mrs. Dixon was preparing for her a large party but passed away before her guests arrived. Her husband found her body at the head of the stairs. In 1862, Union troops camped near the house. After Confederate troops attacked, a truce was called, and injured soldiers from both sides were brought to the Castle House for treatment. Later it was sold to Dr. Myron D. Jones in 1912. He also had his office in the house. In 1918, when the flu pandemic hit Brumley, he put tents in the yard to house the hundreds of sick patients.

Multiple reports of "a woman in an old fashioned party dress" lingering at the top of the stair have been reported. There have been reports of disembodied screams on the second floor as well.  There was a field hospital set up on the south side of the house. It is said that there are at least 20 known graves on the property, which are thought to be casualties from this skirmish. The rest could be the victims of the flu epidemic. Most are unmarked, found by cadaver dogs.

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Epperson House

Kansas City, Missouri

Haunted Epperson House

This beautiful structure was completed in 1923 by Uriah Spray Epperson. Mr. Epperson died only four years later in 1927. Epperson's adopted daughter, Harriett Evelyn Barse, died a couple of years after the house was built at the age of 47 of a perforated gall bladder. Harriett had designed the custom organ for their 48-foot living room. Eventually. Mr. Epperson's widow donated the property and it is now part of the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

The building is well known for paranormal activity and has many secret passageways and tunnels. Many people, including students and security guards, have reported seeing Harriett's ghost. She's wearing an evening gown that one might wear to a recital. Reports have included seeing Harriett accompanied by strange lights and unexplained organ music. Another time security guards saw what they believe was a partial apparition of Mr. Epperson himself in a hallway.

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Pythian Castle

Springfield, Missouri

Haunted Pythian Castle

This castle is steeped in history. The Pythian Home of Missouri, also known as Pythian Castle, was originally built as an orphanage and a rest home in 1913 by the Knights of Pythias. Its foundation and exterior is constructed of "Carthage Stone", an especially hard variety of (spectral conduit) limestone commonly quarried in the Ozarks. During World War II, German and Italian prisoners-of-war were imprisoned here for medical treatment and as laborers.

Many mysterious noises have been heard throughout the building such as male or female voices, doors shutting or boxes being moved when no one is around. Temperature changes, orbs, voices, and ghostly images have all been documented at Pythian Castle.  The castle is divided into different areas of ghostly themes. According to the owner, Tammy Finnochiaro, the ghosts who reside on the second floor are friendly, probably for the reason, this served as the entertainment center for the complex. Apparently they enjoy festivities and parties.  The basement phantoms are darker and not as light-hearted. Tammy feels that perhaps down in the lower level could have been where homeless men died in the basement.  The ghosts here have grabbed people. You can hear them screaming or dropping chains


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Lemp Mansion Inn and Restaurant

St Louis, Missouri

Haunted Lemp Mansion

The Lemp Mansion was built in the early 1860s and was subsequently purchased by William Lemp as a residence and auxiliary brewery office for his Lager Beer enterprise. America's first lager beer brewers met their untimely demise beginning with the mysterious circumstance surrounding the death of Frederick Lemp, William's favorite son, and the heir apparent to the brewery presidency. Death seemed to stalk the Lemps as the family continued in tragedy with four self-inflicted mortalities.  In 1949, the mansion was sold off and transformed into a boarding house.  It was during the home’s extensive renovations that reports of strange occurrences unquestionably began to surface.

The mansion is said to be haunted by members of the Lemp family. After the property was sold off to become a boarding house, residents spoke quickly about the haunts experienced there.  Residents complained about hearing footfalls all over the mansion, and knocking on walls and doors as well. There were reports of inexplicable burning sensations, cold spots, slamming doors, and other mysterious sounds. In the William Lemp Suite, a white apparition of an older gentleman has been seen with a two inch beard. He is in seen in the suite's sitting room by the window.  Many have declared this is Mr. Lemp himself.  With all this, many have contributed that the haunting are not limited to the four Lemps who committed suicide haunt the rooms of the mansion. Many would argue there are many more. There is also a story of a “monkey-faced boy” (who could have been a child with Down's Syndrome) who can be seen around the attic. Guests and staff have heard him speaking, “Come play with me.”  People on the street have seen him peeking out of the tiny window in the attic. This was supposedly Billy Lemp's hidden son.  Paranormal investigators have left toys in the attic bedroom in a marked spot. When they come back, the toy is always found in another part of the room. Another paranormal investigator felt something tugging on his hair in the attic hallway, just outside the boy’s room.

Discover more about this property by reading the details in our extended listing HERE.      

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More chilling reads about Haunted Missouri

Haunted Missouri: A Ghostly Guide to the Show-Me-State's Most Spirited Spots Paperback – May 1, 2007 by Jason Offutt  (Author)     Haunted Missouri: Ghosts and Strange Phenomena of the Show Me State (Haunted Series) Paperback – March 1, 2012 by Troy Taylor  (Author)     Missouri Hauntings Paperback – December 28, 2008 by Lee Prosser  (Author)


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