Wednesday, June 22, 2011

MISSOURI ODD PHENOMENA FILE, PART 2

Cave Dwellers. An article in the local newspaper told about homeless veterans living in some of the old natural caverns beneath the city of St. Louis. St. Louis Post-Dispatch, January 20, 1991, p. 3A.

Caves. See Fletcher, Thomas C.

Censorship. During the Prohibition era, St. Louis Public Library was asked by the Women's Christian Temperance Union to remove books and pamphlets about home production of alcoholic beverages from its shelves (I’m pleased to report that we declined to do so). St. Louis Globe-Democrat, November 20, 1919.

Chain, Falling. An 18-inch length of heavy chain fell from the sky onto a bulldozer in Rock Hill, Missouri. Brandon, Jim. Weird America (1978), p. 125.

Clairvoyant Rapist. This case is recounted in Jones, J. E. Review of Famous Cases Solved by St. Louis Policemen (1924), pp. 109-112.

Cougar Sighting. A cougar was reportedly sighted in Belleville, Illinois, in May 1976. Brandon, Jim. Weird America (1978), p. 80.

Creve Coeur Lake. A "witch fish" in the lake is supposedly the bewitched form of an Indian princess who threw herself into the lake. Collins, Earl. Folk Tales of Missouri (1935), pp. 113-114.

Dancing Ghost. The ghost of a convicted horse thief sits (and sometimes dances) on his own grave in Boliver, Missouri. Collins, Earl. Folk Tales of Missouri (1935), pp. 123-125.

Devil, Places in Missouri Named for the. A list of place names in Missouri which include the word "Devil" or one of its derivatives. Beveridge, Thomas. Geologic Wonders and Curiosities of Missouri (1978), pp. 405-407.

Devil's Promenade. The Devil's Promenade is a place in Newton County, Missouri, where a mysterious light is sometimes seen. The light is also often referred to as the Hornet Spook Light. Beveridge, Thomas. Geologic Wonders and Curiosities of Missouri (1978), p. 397. See also Hornet Spook Light.

Disappearing Town. See Spring Garden, Missouri.

Dissection Riot. A riot ensued after boys playing with a ball had to climb over a wall to retrieve it. As it happened, they were in the courtyard of the St. Louis University Medical School, and a vault door had been carelessly left ajar. The boys peeked in, and saw the bodies of cadavers that anatomy students had been dissecting. The boys reported this sighting to their elders, and soon a crowd gathered to witness the spectacle. By nightfall, the crowd had swelled to a reported three thousand angry persons. The militia was called out when angry mob members threatened to destroy the medical college, but the mob had destroyed everything but the building itself and moved on before the militia could contain the rioting. The mob next moved to the Missouri Medical College, where forewarned faculty and students had carefully hidden anything that might incite the mob. Mob leaders were given a tour of the "sanitized" facility, and pronounced it inoffensive and undeserving of destruction to mob members. Hyde, William, and Howard L. Conard. Encyclopedia of the History of St. Louis (1899), vol. IV, pp. 1913-1914. See also Bodysnatching.

Dogs, Police. See Police Dogs, Cultured.

Dream, Prophetic. See Houseman, Angie.

Dream That Freed a Murderer, The. An accused murderer was freed when his accuser saw someone else commit the murder in a dream. Jones, J. E. Review of Famous Cases Solved by St. Louis Policemen (1924), pp. 92-94.

Durgin, Bertha. Mrs. Durgin was murdered in 1916 by her husband, who told police she "looked too beautiful to live." Jones, J. E. Review of Famous Cases Solved by St. Louis Policemen (1924), pp. 109-112.

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