Friday, August 12, 2011


Inaugural Ball, Underground. See Fletcher, Thomas C.

"Jack-the-Stabber." St. Louis had its own lesser-scale "Jack the Ripper" type criminal, as recounted in Jones, J. E. Review of Famous Cases Solved by St. Louis Policemen (1924), pp. 100-102.

King Edward I. A St. Louis man, Edward C. Schafer, was elected King by the grateful people of Biffeche, a tiny African country to which he had made numerous charitable donations. Nine Magazine (March 1998): 18.

Koch, Albert. See Missouri Leviathan.

Lake of the Ozarks Monster. See Sea Serpent- Lake of the Ozarks.

Missouri Leviathan. A 19th century entrepreneur named Albert Koch assembled the skeleton of a huge prehistoric beast that he called "Leviathan Missouriensis" (the huge beast from Missouri). For a time he sold tickets to persons interested in viewing the unknown creature. Koch later sold the skeleton to the British Museum (which was able to assemble it correctly- Koch had made a number of crowd-pleasing but anatomically inaccurate modifications to the skeleton). Beveridge, Thomas. Geologic Wonders and Curiosities of Missouri (1978), pp. 394-395.

Muir Mansion Ghost. This mansion near Boonville, Missouri, is supposedly haunted by Nancy Muir, daughter of the mansion's first owner, Howard Muir. Collins, Earl. Folk Tales of Missouri (1935), pp. 125-128.

Murder Rocks. The name given to a rock formation in Taney County, Missouri, which had eroded so oddly that it offered a perfect hiding place for Civil War bushwhackers, who used it to ambush Union troops and Union supporters. Beveridge, Thomas. Geologic Wonders and Curiosities of Missouri (1978), pp. 227-228.

Mystery Star. A mysterious bright light, described as a "star" by family members, appeared repeatedly to the Davidson family of Columbus, Missouri. The head of the household finally went out to investigate the phenomena and mysteriously disappeared, never to be heard from again. Collins, Earl. Folk Tales of Missouri (1935), pp. 114-116.

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