What happens when a multiplicity of events occur on the same plot of land over hundreds of years in the middle of rural Missouri?
The answer to that question lies 50 miles southwest of St. Louis in a 72 and a half acre area known as Union, Missouri. Here lies perhaps one of the most active and dangerous houses in the country. It was built in 1932 along the St. Louis-Kansas City and Colorado railway. It was common in those days to built these kinds of homes with kits from Sears and Roebuck. Needless to say, it was easy to load up a rail car with all the parts, ship them anywhere along the line, and then erect a home in a short period of time at a lower cost than building from scratch. But it isn't necessarily the house itself that tells the horrible stories of apparitions, demonic oppression, animal death and brutality or EMF meters registering off the charts. It is the land and what happened on it. Below is a photo of the house as it is today. But before we delve into the extreme hauntings linked to this property, let's go back in history and discover the reasons why the land is so incredibly active.
"The town of Union, Missouri was built on donated land in 1826...by 3 farmers who had built log cabins on the land. The county courthouse was completed in 1828 and within the first 15 years, the town added a blacksmith, two general stores, a wagon maker, a cabinet maker, a shoe maker, a hotel, a tavern, and a four story flour mill. The post office was opened on July 20, 1827. By 1887, the population had grown to 610 and the town was experiencing a boom due to the completion of the...railroad through Union."
At some point in the early 1800's John Thomas Crowe, captain in the Civil War, and his second wife Minerva Breckenridge settled in the Union area. Quickly John became a man of status, being the Sheriff, Judge, School Board President, and Head of the Town Morals Committee. He was a 33rd degree mason and also best known for starting the first Missouri Militia. Minerva came from the wealthy line of Kentucky and St. Louis Breckenridge families and it was her and her father who owned the slaves who worked on the Crowe property. It has been documented that Captain Crowe had a violent temper and was known for doing terrible things to his slaves and to Confederate soldiers. "One story had him lining up four hundred Confederate soldiers and executing them. By the time he was done, the town was covered in a thick blanket of smoke." (The Uninvited, 120) There are many whispered rumors which were spread that Crowe had sold himself to the Devil, a hanging had taken place on his estate, a large Indian chief who lived on the land was executed, six Union soldiers were executed on his property, and also that a friend of his performed abortions "to the whores of Moselle" and possibly "to Crowe's wife Minerva when she became pregnant by a slave." (The Uninvited, 121-122) The slaves feared him greatly because of his mistreatment and many of them turned to voodoo as a means of protection. In doing so, they may have opened up at least one of the three portals which still remain active on the property today.
Another contributor to the paranormal activity lies on the land where a nursing home currently stands near the Union house. During the Civil War this building was used as an infirmary and later in the early 20th century it was converted into the Franklin County Poor Farm. It had been reported that many of the residents of this farm were buried in unmarked graves in the surrounding land. It has been speculated that there are a few of these grave sites directly underneath the Union house.
The neighborhood which surrounds the Union house also has many stories which further contribute to probable causes to explain the intense paranormal activity. In the late 1800's there is a claim that a slave killed his wife with an axe. Behind the Union house stands the General Store and town Saloon. It was very well known that numerous brawls and shootings frequently broke out resulting in several deaths. Directly across from the house are two older homes. In 1973, a woman shot her husband fatally in one of these homes, and them shot herself, taking her own life. In 1999, in the other home, a man took his young son in the house and committed suicide in front of him.
Those of us who investigate these kinds of properties understand that the historical events, personal activities, and natural resources (example, limestone caves) which exist on the land, are strong determinants for paranormal activity. Many times the entities are simply the people who had died and now are tied to the land. In the case of the Union house it became so much more than that.
The hauntings began in 1965. As time has progressed these hauntings have become so intense that today no one is able to live in the house. From 1999 to January 2002, seven families had lived here. All of them left in a short period of time with no explanation as to why. Some of them took quite a bit of time in returning for their belongings, others left their belongings at the house, never to return. The author of The Uninvited, Stephen LaChance, moved into this house in 2001. He had no idea what he was getting into or what horrible things were about to happen to his family.
In my next blogs, I'd like to relay some of the haunting experiences that he, his family, and subsequent families had gone through in this house and then look at them subjectively. Steven and his family experienced an extremely rare negative and harmful haunting. Although these kinds of activity are very scary and dangerous, I believe it is important to understand why they exist and to never take lightly anything that deals with the spiritual world, especially when it involves the dark side. I am a bit appalled by some posts I have seen recently that seem to view Oiuja boards as simply a game or a feasible tool for anyone to use. I know from my own personal experiences that they are not games. Portals can be opened inadvertently or even intentionally. The consequences of doing so are the life story of the Union house.
Over this past summer I had an opportunity to not only meet Steven LaChance, but also to do an investigation with him after his book signing. It was an experience I'll never forget and I want to thank him for sharing his time with us, his books, and all the information and pictures used from his websites.
LaChance, Steven. The Uninvited. Llewellyn Publications, 2008