When it comes to scary stories from Missouri, the state lives up to its moniker as the Show-Me state. While you may know the state for the large rivers flowing through it, its lesser-known ghost stories and urban legends deserve just as much press. The state hosts no shortage of unsettling tales, which bleed from Missouri's own history. In the case of Missouri urban legends, many stem from historical accounts while others take the supernatural route. Stories of poltergeists, cryptids, and even Satanic activity all combine together to show creepy Missouri for what it really is: terrifying.
Located near the center of America, Missouri may just be in the right place for all nefarious and scary elements to converge upon themselves. As such, it makes for some great ghost-hunting, and many of the stories below feature areas you can explore to this day. As a forewarning, approach each one with caution. The heavy history associated with many of these areas should be enough to dissuade you from testing your luck. If you desire to know more about these hotbeds of horror, then keep reading. But don't be surprised when you visit them in your nightmares.
A Mark Twain Book Transcribed Via Ouija BoardPhoto: Skeeze / Pixabay
In St. Louis in 1916, a group of women used a ouija board to contact dead relatives. Imagine their surprise, then, when instead they allegedly came into contact with the spirit of deceased American author Mark Twain. When "Twain" said he had another story to tell, freelance writer Emily Grant Hutchings, an attendee at the seance, took it upon herself to write them. With the help of a medium, she transcribed Twain's supposed next novel letter by letter via ouiji board.
The published novel, called Jap Herron, was largely denounced as terrible. Twain's daughter and publisher sued Hutchings on copyright claims, forcing her publisher to end publication and sending Hutchings into obscurity. To this day, no knows whether this was some sort of sincere spiritual attempt or an outright scam.
The Voodoo Witch Who Was Chopped To PiecesPhoto: Malcolm Lidbury / Wikimedia Commons
Allegedly a freed slave of Caribbean descent, Molly Crenshaw supposedly lived in St. Charles and practiced voodoo. For a time, the town came to Crenshaw for her charms and spells. But after severe weather ruined the year's harvest, the town blamed Crenshaw, saying she used her magic to bring about misfortune. An angry mob stormed her house, causing Crenshaw to curse many in attendance. The gatherers lynched the alleged witch, and to prevent her body from rising, cut her into different pieces and buried them apart from each other. Now, they say, anyone who finds her true grave will meet with an untimely end. In one tale, two high school football players went in search of Crenshaw's grave. Authorities found their bodies impaled upon the graveyard's fence.
Today, doubts remain about the authenticity of Crenshaw's tale. Though she definitely existed, she likely wasn't Haitian or Jamaican, and the negative stories surrounding her likely stemmed from her spinster status in town.
The Unsettling Residents Of Upper Blackwell RoadPhoto: Haunts Of Missouri
Though only 3.6 miles long, Upper Blackwell Road nonetheless exudes an evil quality detectable by those who traverse it. Due to its negative energy, the road also allegedly attracted the likes of Satanists, who apparently run a restaurant along it ,but they're hardly the spookiest residents of this road. Folklore says the old iron bridge on the road, called the Black Tram Bridge, used to be the site of many hangings. At times drumming can be heard coming from beneath the structure as well, something many attribute to the road lying on Native American land. If you stop in your car on the bridge and flash your lights three times, allegedly a ghost car will appear and chase you away. As you travel down the road, watch out for a 1950s ghost couple trying to flag down cars.
MoMo, The Missouri Monster
In the summer of 1972, the city of Louisiana experienced a number of strange occurrences centered around a monster they called "MoMo," or Missouri Monster. According to the various sightings, MoMo looked humanoid in stature, but stood at nearly seven-feet tall and covered in black hair. It first appeared to two young boys and their dog, who made note of its vile smell and the dead dog it carried with it. From that day onward, other reported sightings occurred more and more frequently, and townspeople claimed to hear growls and screams late in the night. MoMo became so famous that people from out of state began descending upon Louisiana.
As a result, authorities organized a full-scale manhunt for MoMo. During their searches, they came across deep hand-prints and three-toed footprints, pressed with great strength into the ground. They also continued to detect the same stench as before, which sent the town's dogs into uproar whenever they smelled it. The final trace of the creature ever found was a collection of tracks located in a resident's backyard. The tracks appeared 20 away from all other standing objects, ending as mysteriously as they begun, suggesting the creature appeared and vanished from the same spot.