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Behind Every Cloud is a Kindred Spirit (BECKS)I lost my grandfather when I was 17. I had a VERY difficult time getting over it. How could I still communicate with him? I loved him so much I didn't think I could live without him. I read everything I could get my hands on to do with the "afterlife" and that started it all...the love of Ghost Hunting and the Paranormal. I have been researching the paranormal for over 37 years!! It is my way of staying in touch with my grandfather. Being a Ghost Hunter is not always as exciting as it seems on TV. Many nights I have sat in the dark and not a thing happened. BUT it is those times you DO get that one voice, that one explainable picture or have an experience that sends chills down your back that makes it sooo worth it all!!! My purpose of this blog is not to make people believe in ghosts but maybe to open their minds just a little bit... I LOVE this crazy thing called Ghost Hunting. It is as much a part of me as breathing. I am just a girl that refuses to accept we can't still contact our loved ones after they die. My grandfather won't let me.



The Lamp Mansion is a beautiful mansion that is also a restaurant up in Saint Louis.  The outside is breathtaking BUT the inside although beautiful it is believed to be the home to several of the Lemp Mansion family members that have no problem making their selves known!

The demise of the Lemp empire is one of the great mercantile mysteries of St. Louis.  The first major fissure in the Lemp dynasty occurred when Frederick Lemp, William's favorite son and the heir-apparent to the brewery presidency, died under mysterious circumstances in 1901.  Three years later, William J. Lemp shot himself in the head in a bedroom at the family mansion, apparently still grieving the loss of his beloved Frederick.  William J. Lemp, Jr. succeeded his father as president.

Tragedy continued to stalk the Lemps with startling ardor.  The brewery's fortunes continued to decline until Prohibition (1919) closed the plant permanently.  See the Lemp's were the owner's of a VERY SUCCESSFUL brewing company in Saint Louis.  William Jr.'s sister Elsa, who was also considered the wealthiest heiress in Saint Louis, committed suicide in 1920.  On June 28, 1922, the magnificent Lemp Brewery, which had once valued at $7 million and covered ten city blocks, was sold at an auction to International Shoe Co. for $588,500.  Although most of the company's assets were liquidated, the Lemps continued to have an almost morbid attachment to the family mansion.  After presiding over the sale of the brewery, William J. Lemp Jr. shot himself in the same building where his father died eighteen years earlier.  His son, William Lemp III, was fourty-two when he died of a heart attach in 1943.  William Jr.'s brother, Charles, continued to reside in the house after his brother's suicide.  An extremely bitter man, Charles led a reclusive existence until he to died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  The body was discovered by his brother, Edwin.

In 1970, Edwin Lemp died of natural causes at the age of ninety.


So, I was lucky enough to get to tour the Lemp mansion on a cold and rainy night last weekend.  It was only me and one of the SWEETEST family of 6.  They are going to kill me because I took their picture and said I would send it to them but I can't find the card that the Dad gave me and I forgot their names....so sorry.  
 Let me tell you, these were the nicest people and they made my tour of the mansion so much fun.  I also have to give a BIG SHOUT OUT to Betsy our tour guide.  She was great and made the tour great with such a small group.

Now, to the good stuff.  Did we see any paranormal activity???? Well........I can tell you this.....that when you first go in the mansion and to the left if a beautiful room with a fireplace that had some lighted Christmas decorations on it.

Betsy started saying that she felt like someone was in the room with us.  She wasn't sure who but she didn't think it was a spirit that belonged their.  She was asking for protection for the group and the lights started to FLICKER!!!!!  Now, I saw this and didn't really say anything thinking....well...that could have just been a power surge or something but then...they DID IT AGAIN!!!! So now the rest of the group is noticing it.  I ask Betsy is this something that normally happens and she said no.

The one thing I notice it the house over all felt very "pleasant".  But when we went to the second floor that Betsy said their was a spirit of a young boy that had been bulled by groups coming in the house on the tour and taunted because he was a special needs child that supposedly lived in the house, THIS floor for some reason didn't feel the same as the rest.  Not really bad....just different.  Made me a little uncomfortable. 

Upstairs it seemed a couple of times like I saw shadows.  But not human shadows, this is going to sound weird but like a cat.  I kept seeing this shadow under Betsy leg that had movement like a cat.

Past those experiences, I didn't really see or feel anything but what a GREAT PLACE this is.  And maybe....it was just to COLD for the spirits that night. LOL

Would I go here again??? You bet!!  I loved this old house and the spirits I feel enjoy the company. :)

Here are some of the pictures I took.  Not anything to exciting but a couple of orbs.

I found this to be a little interesting the shadow in the center.  Seems
awfully tall.  But it could be just double exposure.  I'll let you decide.

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