The 10 most haunted places in Missouri and why.
What are the Top 10 Most Haunted Locations in Missouri?
It's not possible to answer that question definitively without visiting every haunted site in the state, which is impossible; however, after being involved with paranormal investigations over the past twenty years, I do have a definitive list of places that represent outstanding cases for different reasons.
1. Zombie Road
The level of paranormal activity is incredibly high. You never know what will happen there -- the type of activity is very unpredictable, from subtle things such as experiencing a ravenous appetite, to rocks or shards from marble headstones being thrown at you. While capturing video and photographic evidence at most haunted locations is sporadic, Zombie Road is an exception -- video footage of cold spots in summer, spooklights moving through the trees, photos of figures standing on hillsides, unexplained voices -- this place consistently has it all. Video
2. Ballwin Manor
Although you may never have heard of this location, most of the greatest paranormal photos we have ever captured originate from this site. It's really incredible when you think about everything that has been documented here; these ghosts are mobile, with the ability to visit the neighbors' homes (based on resident interviews) and to be seen drifting along the street. One of these ghosts actually smashed out a window ten feet away from me; it's wonderful encounters like this that keep me ghost hunting. On one trip something rounded up all the chemical glow sticks placed throughout the home and buried them behind the house under a pile of leaves, but not before some of us witnessed at least one of these glowing sticks being carried off through the woods by nobody! Video
3. Tri-County Truck Stop, Villa Ridge
Home of the blue ghost, caught on video and witnessed by law enforcement. Tons of activity here, the EVP voices are the most desperate sounding of any haunting with "help us!" and "help me!" turning up on almost every investigation. Unexplained lights, moving like scurrying rodents across the floor. People being scratched, including myself. Objects thrown ranging from toys and pennies to lightbulbs, saw blades, we even had a reporter witness a rusty old knife being thrown. Stories of murder and poisoning are linked to this site. There are also shadow figures running around the building.
Strange events like an entity that plays tug of war with people from the other side of closed doors. One of these ghosts repeatedly
tapped me on the shoulder to get my attention. Video
4. Six Flags, Eureka
We conducted three consecutive overnight weekend investigations at Six Flags. This venue has multiple hauntings -- both The Palace Theatre and Empire Theatre are haunted, along with the Mine Train Transfer House, the Bugs Bunny National Outdoor Area, and their Haunted House really is haunted. Especially worth noting is the haunting out in the fields on the east side of the park. Activity includes manipulation of camcorder equipment, photos, and very high quality EVP voices, some of which have identified themselves by name. I could spend years just investigating this site, no doubt other areas are also haunted but the park is so vast, we just scratched the surface of what's in here. If only they issued season passes for ghost hunters after hours. Video
5. St. Barnabas Cemetery, St. Louis
I changed its real name to guard against possible vandalism at this site. Apparitions in every form are prominent, shadow figures, luminous mists and phantom specters accompany the more typical paranormal activity. One shadow figure appeared to be luring me over to a freshly occupied grave. This cemetery is very strange in that it produces numerous paranormal photographs with bazar self illuminating fogs of light that appear green to blue in color, ranging in shape from a hovering blanket of mist, to wispy patches, even human like figures. This is the most haunted cemetery I have ever investigated when it comes to ghosts showing themselves. Video
6. St. Vincent's Hospital, Normandy
One of several locations in St. Louis tied to the infamous 1949 exorcist case. People often ask me whats the scariest place I have ever gone ghost hunting, I would give this site the blue ribbon. I've never felt it wasn't safe being alone until I ran into something up here pounding on the ductwork trying to get me to leave the 5th floor. Members of the security staff are afraid to go up their and I don't blame them. Its a very unpleasant haunting. We documented the ghosts switching the lights on and off; footsteps; unexplained voices; two members of our group saw a ghost that was so solid they thought was a human, until it vanished; another saw a trail of footprints walking across the insulation covering the floor; and all the decapitated bird heads lined up in a row added to the strangeness. Video
7. Charbonier Bluffs, Florissant
It's a difficult climb with a backpack full of equipment, but worth it. This is no residual haunting; the ghosts here are intelligent, manipulating electronic equipment as one of their ways of communicating, along with the more common EVP's. They can also generate ground tremors, and drop large stones creating a thud or booming sound in the woods. When these spirits manifest, the air gets colder and your camera images appear fogged. We brought a psychic up here to get their impression of what was going on. She described an evil gnome-like creature to be leery of wandering the paths. Its erie to note she warned us not to go too close to the edge of the cliff, this entity wanted to push people over. Much later we found out that someone jumped from this site to their death. These bluffs were originally occupied by the Indians, followed by French settlers. Because of the language differences, in a future investigation we need to attempt EVP communication with someone fluent in French (as an experiment.) Video
8. Austin-Milam-Lucas-Store, Potosi
Accounts of visitors being touched at this site are common, I saw this happen to a man who spun around, he describing it as feeling like he had snagged his arm on something, I was standing 3 feet behind him, there was no explanation for this. The ghost on the second floor correctly identified the contents of a box I brought during a EVP test, confirming that this is an intelligent entity, not a residual haunting. This location is often accompanied by banging and knocking sounds, and cold spots are not uncommon, even in summer. The suicide room is the most active, however on the stairway people have seen a figure, and heard it going up the stairs. Others have watched it peering around the corners through doorways looking into rooms. Video
9. Pythian Castle, Springfield
The ghosts seen here range from soldiers, to those of children. People report seeing these apparitions, and I have photographed one of them.
The worst cases have been when individuals have experienced scratching attacks. One man brought his girlfriend along, she didn't believe in ghosts, she was very shaken by the experience when it attacked her leaving scratches on her body. We have documented excellent EVP voices at the Pythian. Activity in the basement and in the upstairs rooms behind the stage is particularly intense. People who were down in the tunnel were disappointed that they didn't get to experience anything. I knew how to improve their chances and turned off the lighting at the beginning of the tunnel. They went down to the end and waited. Finally they heard something walking towards them, as it grew closer and closer they started to get nervous when it was almost on them. They broke down and turned on their flash light and aimed it at the approaching footsteps. It all came to a stop, there was nothing there to produce these footsteps! The area behind the stage is where a human figure is seen, we have documented a lot of activity in these rooms behind the stage. Video
10. Jefferson Barracks
We have conducted several ghost hunts here. So many investigators were having exceptional encounters with phantom mists, strange figures of light, invisible figures illuminated by laser pointers, and excellent EVP voices qualify this site for inclusion in my list of the top 10 most haunted places in Missouri. If I had to pick a site where people would most likely encounter a ghost, Jefferson Barracks would get my vote, I suspect the sheer number of ghosts roaming the grounds is enormous. Known hot spots are the Old Labor's House, the Powder Magazine, the Old Ordnance Room, even the ladies restroom by the Veteran's Ampatheater, so many other buildings are haunted you could write a book about whats going on at each location. Video
2016 update! Its been 5 years since I wrote the original top ten list. I am going to add two more locations,making it the 12 most haunted, the two additions are just as haunted as the others on the list, hence the need to expand it.
11. The Long Banta Mansion, Potosi The activity documented here has gone on for so many years that these ghosts know who we are, and what were doing. They interact with strangely high levels of intelligence. People have been pushed here, and the ghosts of little girls have been seen upstairs. Active spots include the attic room, objects have moved, crashing sounds, and doors slamming. There is also one ghost that comments when people arrive. The kitchen has weird sounds that when you go to investigate the source it stops. The stairways, people have been pushed and voices are common. Several of the bedrooms are haunted, one likes to rock the baby crib.
12. Ray County Museum, Richmond We have done two full investigations at the Museum, and will conduct a third overnight ghost hunt on Oct 1 2016. Update! After conducting a third ghost hunt here its very clear the ghosts can both communicate with people and scratch them if provoked. Their skill at speaking through a PSB-7 ghost box is almost unreal. This place has all the expected paranormal activity, cold spots, the feeling of being watched, EVP voices, but it also has activity that is less common, like disembodied voices, these are paranormal voices that don't require equipment to be heard. There is also a large white orb of light in the basement that people report seeing. When they pass their arms through it the air inside is very cold, this activity I hope to document on camera! Hot spots are almost to numerous to list, every floor is active. Some of the ghosts here are clearly intelligent, interacting with people. There is something in the Indian artifacts room that is very strange. One sensitive who experienced the ghost of a young girl following them around the second floor wouldn't follow him inside this room, it has an odd feeling about it, apparently there are things even a ghost will not mess with.
The following sites were excellent examples of hauntings, but unfortunately have since been torn down.
Misty Manor, Fenton
Sadly, this site has been destroyed along with The Book House, Manchester Rd.
Special Category list includes:
Most haunted town -- I have changed my mind on this one, it use to be the tiny town of Blackwell, now I give the title of most haunted town to Potosi MO.
It's because of the large numbers of well documented hauntings, sites like the Long Banta Mansion, Lucas Store, the old Presbyterian Church and its Cemetery, along with the Sweet Memories Sandwich Shop. There are many others, along with sites like the Bust Mansion which no longer exist.
Best well-known haunting: The Lemp Mansion, St. Louis.
This site isn't in league with the others on this list because it's spotty on activity, but it can put on a good show some nights. I had rented out a room during one investigation, and locked it up with our equipment; and upon returning, the door was wide open!
And the Caverns beneath the Lemp Mansion, closed off to the public are a special place. Video
Most overlooked haunting: The Lehmann House B&B; Video. Why no one mentions this place, I don't know -- it's a solid haunting. (check out the attic)
For my friends on the Illinois side of the boarder looking for an outstanding local haunt, I strongly recommend the Mineral Springs Hotel at 301 East Broadway, Alton IL. My favorite spot in the Hotel are the long hallways behind the Men's Pool and Williams Garage.
Most suspected haunted places I want to investigate, but haven't been able to. A few on this list: Calvary/Bellefontaine Cemeteries -- I have never encountered anyone with the contacts to get permission to conduct an overnight investigation here yet.
The same applies to the Military base at Fort Leonard Wood, and the private residences they maintain. I receive so many letters reporting paranormal activity occurring at the base, and their homes, this site is just screaming to be investigated.
As you may have noticed, there are no private residences included on our list of most haunted locations. We keep the locations of private residences investigated confidential. We do however post the evidence collected from these homes.
The level of paranormal activity collected from these homes wouldn't be enough to make our Top 10 Most Haunted list. The closest case is an interesting situation in St. Louis involving a haunted cemetery where we have documented activity.
It’s the homes lined up adjacent to this graveyard that tell an incredible story.
We were called in (we didn't know any of the owners; they contacted us) to investigate unusual activity. We have been called back by multiple home owners who don't even know each other – all of their homes just happen to border this cemetery!
There are over 6 million people in Missouri -- why are the home owners along one street that’s less than a 1/4 mile long requesting to have their homes investigated?
There has to be a wandering spirit in that graveyard.