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Haunted Hannibal

Ghostly figure in a hounted house
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Have You Heard of ‘The Poltergeist of Philadelphia, Missouri’?

According to the 16 Sept 1923 edition of the Oakland Tribune, the Swisher house was “bombarded with rocks, potatoes, tomatoes and chunks of coal” each night. They also heard “weird music” and other “strange noises.”

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Brown's Drug Store on North Main Street
Deena West Budd

Victim of Hannibal Serial Killer Haunts Town in 1901

In 1901, residents on the South Side of Hannibal claimed that the ghost of Frank Nesenhoener was haunting the “hills of Riverside Street,” after he was poisoned by his wife on July 14, 1900.

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Woodland 2
Deena West Budd

What Entity Haunted the Small Community of Woodland, Missouri in 1900?

Although Christmas is usually a time of joy and good cheer, in the year 1900, for the small neighborhood community of Woodland, Missouri, the happiest of holidays were marred by a terrifying and noisy creature...

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South Arch Duplex
Deena West Budd

An Apparition on South Arch in Hannibal

A fire on the night of last December 17 that destroyed the vacant duplex located at 326/328 S. Arch brought to my mind a time years ago, when my friends lived in the home...

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Rockcliffe Mansion
Deena West Budd

Does Mr. Cruikshank Still Roam the Rooms of Rockcliffe Mansion in Hannibal?

Most of us who have grown up in Hannibal have had an opportunity to tour our beloved historical Rockcliffe Mansion at least once over the years. Tourists to our hometown usually include a visit to Rockclilffe Mansion as well. I have talked with many people over the years who are adamant that the historical home is haunted.

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Apparition in doorway
Deena West Budd

Hannibal’s Favorite Urban Legend: Screaming Johnny’s

Anyone growing up in Hannibal during the late 1950's, 60's and 70’s has heard the tale of Screaming Johnny’s. According to the local legend, a young boy suffered a tragic death in the church building long ago, and his screams can still be heard coming from inside the abandoned Bear Creek Baptist Church late at night.

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Deena West Budd
Deena West Budd

Carpet Bagger Antiques in Hannibal – Home to Unique Items and Lingering Spirits from the Past!

Carpet Bagger Antiques at 1408 Market Street in Hannibal is a fascinating place to spend a couple of hours on an idle afternoon, perusing an assorted array of antique furniture and items used by citizens of Hannibal in past years…possibly by our very own grandparents or great-grandparents. People have always loved their “stuff.” Is it possible that some of us are even reluctant to leave behind certain beloved items when it is our time to pass on from this plane of existence? Perhaps, a departing spirit leaves a piece of themselves behind – attached to the item.

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600 Block SS Broadway
Deena West Budd

The Haunted Block of Broadway in Hannibal

The Mary Ann Sweet Shop, once located at 613 Broadway in Hannibal, is still talked about to this day by those who were fortunate enough to experience their bittersweet hot fudge sundaes and other ice cream delights. Unfortunately, I did not have this privilege as I was born just a little too late. As a paranormal researcher, though, I did have the opportunity to learn about some of the spooky activity that current owner, Bobbie Altiser, has been experiencing.

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Java Jive Exterior
Deena West Budd

Java Jive – A Comfortable Gathering Place for Locals, Tourists…and Spirits

Java Jive in downtown Hannibal is a favorite gathering spot for locals to talk about topics ranging from politics to the paranormal. Tourists in the Main Street area are also drawn to the relaxing ambience and tasteful décor of the building. I first heard about a haunting at this location during the time that it was part of Haydon’s Hardware, and the ghost lingering at the location was known to be Percy Haydon.

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Deena West Budd
Deena West Budd

Spirits of a Different Sort…at Finn’s on North Main

Most of the buildings on North Main in Hannibal have existed since the town’s beginning. In addition to businesses offering butchering services, lumber, groceries and other sundries and necessities of the time, there were also many taverns, houses of prostitution and gambling halls lining both sides of the street. Is it any wonder that so many spirits have decided to linger on in such a lively area full of so much activity?

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