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The Definitive Guide To All Things Haunted And Creepy In Missouri

Missouri’s rife with tales of the paranormal – from real haunted mansions and haunted prisons to haunted houses and haunted roads. Both amateur and professional ghost hunters have an abundance of opportunities to experience the paranormal in Missouri. Those who are brave enough can check into one of the haunted hotels. Or, you can simply keep it short and tour a haunted museum. If you prefer your hauntings manufactured, you’ll love fall in Missouri with its haunted hayrides, haunted corn mazes, and terrifying haunted houses. Missouri has no shortage of haunted places, abandoned sites, and mysterious tales, making it an ideal destination for anyone interested in the paranormal.

5 Creepy Facts About Missouri

  1. Missourians have told of seeing the Ozark Spook Light, which is said to come from Oklahoma, since the 1880s. Local legend tells of a miner or an Indian who has been beheaded, holding a lantern and searching for his head. Some who have seen the light also claim to have experienced a rush of heat at the same time.
  2. The Missouri Monster, Momo for short, made his first appearance in the small town of Louisiana, in July 1972. A strange creature covered with dark hair, Momo was even seen holding a bloodied dog. Visitors arrived in Louisiana in droves that summer, but they and Momo disappeared when winter came.
  3. The popular film The Exorcist is actually based on real-life events that happened in St. Louis in 1949. A teen believed to be possessed underwent an exorcism in a hospital. Dozens of priests worked with him and three months later he went back home, his spirit no longer possessed.
  4. A portal to hell, or at least that’s what some called it, appeared in Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery in St. Louis in 2017. Lightning hit the tree, now known as Devil’s Tree, splitting it in half. A few hours later, visitors would discover the tree was on fire – from the inside. No fire was seen outside; only smoke.
  5. One of Missouri’s deadliest murder sprees happened in the 1980s when cattle farmer Ray Copeland hired panhandlers to work on his farm. Over time, 12 were hired to purchase cattle for Ray, a shady character who couldn’t buy his own livestock. Locals became suspicious the farmhands were tied to Ray, so he began to kill them. He’d hire a farmhand, have him buy cattle, kill him, and start the process over again. All told, he murdered 12 farmhands.