Lemp Mansion in St. Louis
By Heidi Glaus
St. Louis (KSDK) -- Steven from Brentwood wanted to know if the Lemp Mansion in St. Louis is really haunted, so NewsChannel 5's Heidi Glaus went inside to find out the history and who has spotted ghosts in the mansion in this week's Hey Heidi segment.
Let's face it, the Lemp Mansion is kind of creepy even before you hear the door creak behind you, much less after you hear the family's terribly tragic story.
"This is actually the room in 1922 where William Jr. shot himself. He shot himself right in the chest, he didn't die instantly, but that was the second suicide in the house here," explains Matt Bell.
The first was by his father, William Sr. in 1904.
"That was upstairs in his bedroom, we call it the lavender suite now," Bell says.
The third was Charles Lemp in 1949 who shot his dog, then himself. It's these three events that have put the Lemp Mansion on many lists as one of the most haunted houses in America.
"Oh, there's no doubt in my mind this place is haunted, there's no doubt in my mind," says one guest.
"Oh, absolutely, absolutely," says Mary Saputo.
And well, it's not hard to find someone who believes that.
"I think I was a skeptic until this happened," Saputo adds.
You see, Mary reluctantly visited the house back in 1982.
"I made the sign of the cross, being the good Catholic, Italian girl that I am walking up the stairs and everyone walked in before me and I walked in hesitantly. I used to wear this 18 karat gold braided cross all the time," Saputo goes on to say.
When she later left the house, she took off her coat and...
"And somebody across from me said oh my gosh what's wrong with your cross? My cross had been bent up and over completely," Saputo continues to say.
Strangely enough some of the most common stories revolve around a dog.
"I was getting my hair cut one day and we started talking about this place and she said you know the weirdest thing happened to me when I was there. I was in the ladies restroom and I swear there was a dog in there with me. I laughed and said well you know the story about Charles and his dog and she had no idea what I was talking about," Bell says.
Believe in ghosts or not, there are lots of hard to explain pictures.
"Right over there there's someone standing in the window! This was yesterday when we checked in and all the rooms were empty," a guest says.
So enter at your own risk and pass by knowing someone from the past might be peering out, watching you.
You can find out how you can take a Lemp Mansion tour, by visiting its website.