A few nights ago I had the pleasure of joining some friends for dinner on “The Hill” and an evening at the famous Lemp Mansion in St. Louis, Missouri. I’ve wanted to see the place for several years but just never made it there. I’d heard stories, I have driven by, I’ve read about it online, and at one point I even became fascinated with checking out the many videos and photos that visitors to the Lemp had posted online from their experiences. Then just a few years ago the Ghost Hunters filmed an episode there and its popularity has since exploded. Now it has kind of become one of those touristy ghost traps. Very cool for people who are into the paranormal, but for people seriously studying it, it’s just a side effect of the great paranormal craze.
The name of the event we attended was “The New Generation of Ghost Hunting”. When I realized this I rolled my eyes (even though I was by myself). I braced myself for having to listen to a redneck paranormal team discussing orbs, or how a flashing meter would prove the existence of a ghost in the room, or some other controversial topic that the average innocent tourist would fall for. You just never know with some of the irresponsible paranormal groups out there. I kind of decided that instead of attending as an investigator/researcher who would catch them in their gimmicks, I would zip my mouth shut and have fun as a tourist.
It turns out that the two people from the paranormal group that ran the event and tour that evening were pretty cool. Just lighthearted good fun. The cheesiest thing was that every other person got a camcorder with infrared illuminators for walking around in the dark. And the dark is probably what annoyed me the most. Not because I was afraid of it, but because I just wanted to see the place and take some pictures. I quickly handed off my camcorder to a stranger so that I could actually be present and take some really bad pictures with a flash in the darkness. But the young woman who led my tour was nice enough to allow me to follow her back through the house after it was all said and done so that I could take pictures with the lights on.
Once again, I’m definitely not a photographer, but I hope you enjoy some of these shots.
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