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St. Louis also has a more recent history of paranormal activity. For a number of years, a strange concentration of paranormal activity has been documented in some of the city's oldest and most historic buildings. For example, the Lemp Mansion - once home to a famed brewing family - proved to be a harbinger of death and insanity. Four members of the Lemp family committed suicide in the strange network of caves that lie beneath the Lemp Mansion (and neighboring brewery). When subsequent family members (understandably) refused to continue to reside at the address, the Lemp Mansion was sold and used as a boarding house until it was sold again and reopened as a restaurant in 1977. During renovation, construction workers reported numerous strange sounds, slamming doors, and frequently complained of the strange, discomforting sensation that they were being "watched". At one point, this sensation became so pronounced that some laborers even refused to come to work. Since then, the owners, as well as numerous customers, have reported various strange phenomena in the Lemp Mansion Restaurant. Though I have not had the pleasure of dining there, Slimer seems awfully anxious to check it out with me.
Finally, no case study of creepy St. Louie would be complete without mention of the case of Ms. Pearl Curren and the ghost of Patience Worth. In the summer of 1913, an illiterate woman named Pearl Curren claimed to have conjured the ghost of a young girl named Patience Worth while playing with a Ouija board. Patience Worth had been killed by local Indians centuries earlier.
Over the course of the next ten years, Ms. Curren held regular Ouija sessions during which - it is claimed - Patience Worth dictated 29 volumes of stories, poetry, and essays that were transcribed by Mr. Curren and edited into numerous bestselling books. The most popular book, "Telka," (a novel about medieval England) was studied by experts and found to not contain any words that entered the English language after 1700. Considering that Ms. Curren couldn't even spell her own name, this was quite a strange occurence. The national sensation caused by Patience Worth was evident in the magazine and book clubs that were started and run by her fans. Whether you believe Ms. Curren's story to be true or not, the legacy of Pearl Curren and Patience Worth is still with us today - as the point of origin of the term "ghost writer".
This concludes our look at creepy, creepy St. Louis. Thanks for stopping by. If you ever find yourself in St. Louis, try to get a Spectre Detector reading on that Arch. I've got a hunch that thing is actually a giant antenna for a Level 5 phantasm.
Dr. Egon Spengler
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