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Ever have that feeling that you are being watched? Do you hear footsteps going up and down the stairs when no one is around? Could it be a ghost? A ghost may be the spirit of a person after his or her death. St. Louis is considered one of the most haunted cities of the American Heartland.

Ghosts of St. Louis : the Lemp Mansion and other eerie tales
Bryan Alaspa.
Atglen, Penn. : Schiffer Pub., c2007.
St. Louis is a modern metropolis still rich with legends dating back to the early Native Americans, and a history that lives on through many spirits that refuse to die. Visit the infamous Lemp Mansion and discover its scandalous history ; a tragic tale of a wealthy family plagued by multiple suicides, madness, depression, and public ridicule. Read about the Gehm House , if you dare, where footsteps fall where no man walks and visitors are attacked as they sleep. Learn about Building 28 at the haunted Jefferson Barracks. See spirits of children floating on the lawn of the haunted Rock House. And dont forget to peer back into the past to see the ghost-infested McDowell Medical College! A ghost-lovers paradise, these and other tales will haunt you.
     
Haunted St. Louis : history & hauntings along the Mississippi
by Troy Taylor.
Alton, Ill. : Whitechapel Productions Press, 2002.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 273-274).
     

Perhaps the most haunted place in the city of St. Louis is the infamous Lemp Mansion. It was once home to the Lemp family, the first makers of lager beer. The history of four family suicides still hangs ominously over the mansion. Today the mansion is opened to the public with a restaurant and bed-and-breakfast. Staff members and visitors speak of their own odd experiences of doors locking and unlocking on their own and glimpses of apparitions who appear and vanish at will.

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Guests at the Chase Hotel can catch a glimpse of a beautiful redheaded woman in a white dress. She has be seen looking out the window or vanishing through the door.

Jacob Goldman came to America and settled in St. Louis. After becoming a prosperous businessman and having a successful life, family tragedy struck. First his wife passed away and left him to care for their four children. The youngest, Hortense, the apple of his eye, died two years later and left him grief-stricken. He bought a tract of land, which he named Hortense Place, after his daughter. "The Castle" is the nickname the house came to be known as. Decades after new ownerships and renovations the ghost of Hortense appeared. The owners had houseguests from out of town, who arrived late at night. They went to bed, but were awaken by little girl calling out "Daddy, Daddy." The next morning, they told their hosts they didn't realize they had a little girl. And of course, the hosts didn't have a little girl.

Paranormal experts believe ghosts tend to haunt the places they enjoyed most in life. So the next time you have a supernatural experience it could be a lost mischievous spirit.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff