Haunted Lemp Mansion in St. Louis Was Home to Many Tragedies

posted: 02/28/17
by: Sasha Brown-Worsham

The Lemp Mansion in St. Louis, Missouri is one of the most haunted houses in all of the United States with one of the most tragic pasts imaginable. Over the years, four suicides have taken place behind the walls of this grand residence in the Midwest.

The house was built in the early 1860's and was purchased by William Lemp both as a residence and a place where his brewery could continue to grow and thrive. The home was stately with 33 rooms, a Victorian look, and a basement as well as three floors and an attic room, which had been made into two bedrooms.

The Lemp family enjoyed success from their brewery and at one point controlled all the beer in the Midwest. They were charming and lived in the house grandly. But their lives were also full of tragedy. In 1901, William Lemp's favorite son Frederick died and with him the dreams that he might take over the business. His death sent William Lemp Sr. spiraling. Eventually he killed himself in the home in 1904. A few years later, William Lemp's wife died of cancer in the William Lemp Suite.

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William Lemp Jr. inherited the business, but was a womanizing, money-spending cretin (according to reports). He fathered a son out of wedlock who had down syndrome and allegedly kept him hidden in the attic for years.

In 1922, William Jr. was so depressed about selling off the brewery and the death of his sister, Elsa (also by suicide but not in the Lemp family home), that he shot himself in his first floor office in the mansion, which was the same room that his father killed himself.

Charles was another brother who developed obsessive/compulsive disorder. He shot his dog in the basement and then shot himself in his second floor room.

The tragedies just kept coming and finally the home fell into disrepair. In 1949, it was sold off and was transformed into a boarding house. Soon after, the hauntings started. Witnesses claim they have seen the locked away son who asks those who see him to "come play with me." Others report burning sensations and slamming doors and cold spots and other sounds.

This turned people away and the Lemp Mansion turned into a flop house. In 1975, the place was saved. It was renovated, restored and turned into an upscale bed and breakfast with a fine restaurant and a place to hold events. Every Sunday night they have a Murder Mystery Dinner Theater and the place is, of course, very popular with ghost hunters.

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