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Haunted Missouri: A Ghostly Guide to the Show-Me-State's Most Spirited Spots Paperback – May 1, 2007

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Haunted Missouri offers a new take on ghost hunting. Grab a friend, pack a flashlight, and discover some of the Show-Me State's most spirited spots. --Missouri Life

About the Author

Jason Offutt is a journalism instructor at Northwest Missouri State University and a syndicated humor and paranormal columnist. He is author of On Being Dad and A Small Town.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Truman State University Press (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931112665
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931112666
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,341,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. Smith on November 24, 2007
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I came across the author's blog on the net and decided to order his book after reading some of his stories. You don't need to have any particular interest in Missouri to enjoy this book. I'm sure I will never go there myself, but then I've never been to most other locations in books about ghosts, either.

The author provided thorough a description of each setting and event and personally interviewed the percipients. He writes with a subtle humor that enhances his search to experience a haunting for himself.

This book probably isn't going to make you sleep with the lights on, but I found it absorbing and interesting - and scary enough. It was also nicely designed (something that you can't always say about ghost books any more).

I'd also like to point out that this book is not about legends, as the first reviewer implied. It's about ghost experiences. I'm extremely choosy about the ghost books I read and this book has everything I look for in a ghost book. I hope the author writes another volume on Missouri ghosts.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By www.hauntedcolorado.net on March 21, 2008
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This book is truly fantastic. I have a huge, huge, huge collection of ghost and haunting books, and I will say that this book rates among the very top. In my opinion, this is one of the better ghost books out there. All of the stories are extremely credible. A very unique feature of this book is that the author has personally visited, reviewed, and photographed every haunted location listed! You don't find that in a lot of ghost books. So, you get the authors personal experiences as well as the background and history of each haunted place. Another neat feature is that he only included in the book haunted locations open to the public. What a great idea! Each location also must be historically significant to Missouri.

Remnants of War:
Ch. 1 - 1859 Jail, Marshal's Home and Museum, Independence
Ch. 2 - Anderson House, Battle of Lexington State Historic Site, Lexington
Ch. 3 - Bone Hill, Levasy
Ch. 4 - Fort Osage, Sibley
Ch. 5 - Lone Jack Battlefield, Lone Jack
Ch. 6 - Wilson's Creek National Battlefield, Republic
Ch. 7 - Kendrick House, Carthage

This is My House:
Ch. 8 - Rockcliffe Mansion, Hannibal
Ch. 9 - Lemp Mansion, St. Louis
Ch. 10- Vaile Mansion, Independence
Ch. 11- Big Cedar Lodge, Ridgedale
Ch. 12- Grand Avenue Bed & Breakfast, Carthage
Ch. 13- 1069 Salon and Spa, St. Charles

School Spirits:
Ch. 14- Mt. Gilead School, Kearney
Ch. 15- Roberta Hall, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville
Ch. 16- Senior Hall, Stephens College, Columbia
Ch. 17- Yeater Hall, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg
Ch. 18- Central Methodist University, Fayette

Ghostly Graveyards:
Ch. 19- Workman Chapel, Maryville
Ch. 20- Hazel Ridge Cemetery, Brunswick
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By P. McCullah on August 15, 2007
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I've read some of the book and came away with the opinion that the author devoted more time to areas of Northern Missouri than the state as a whole. The author could've added more to the stories and instead kept them brief missing out on some elements of the legends.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By myworldmine on July 22, 2008
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My 12 year old even loved it. Has everything pics, websites, even phone numbers. Hope he writes another one
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Yeah,Missouri is bigger than it looks, but this book pretty much sticks to the Kansas City area, with couple of other places thrown in. If I'd known that I would not have made the purchase. That said, it's not a bad little book, just be aware of it's limitations.
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By BLee on December 9, 2012
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A brief description of each location or event. Pretty skimpy on details. I've been at some of these places and there is much more to many of these stories.
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