The Lady In Black

The Lady In Black

De Soto, Mo

A mysterious lady in black often appeared on the street corners at night. No one seemed to know anything about this strange woman. She wore a long, black hat with a dark veil covering her face. She often appeared and disappeared from the vicinity of Boyd Street, anywhere from Main to fifth for a period of six years or more. So who was this intriguing lady in black? Some amateur sleuths believe it was simply a woman in disguise spying on her unfaithful husband. She supposedly was never seen again after 1921. Whatever happened to her remains a mystery. There’s also some conflicting reports of a woman who dressed in black that haunts East Kelley near the old depot. Some believe the woman’s name was Shrum. She is often seen at the old depot or walking near the old bridge on East Kelley.

 

Ozark Madonna

Ozark Madonna

Laurie May Maumsey haunts the counties of Ozark and Taney alongside the Arkansaw border, allegedly in the Ozark Mountains. She is seen as a barefoot woman holding a baby on the ridge tops. She lived in the hills in a log cabin during the 1930’s. Her drunken husband threatened to beat (or kill as some stories go) their baby unless she gave him money. In the struggle that followed, her child fell from her arms and onto the store floor. The baby died from head trauma. Laurie May ran from the cabin and committed suicide shortly after. (Though some accounts have her husband killing her.) To this day, if you venture into the Ozark Hills, you may hear the sound of her crying or glimpse her walking through the woods carrying her dead baby.

Laurie May’s feet have been seen completely bare. Her maiden name was Laurie May Comshaw and she married John Maumsey when she was thirteen. John was much older and very abusive. She became pregnant several times but always miscarried because of the beatings she endured from her husband. She became pregnant again right before John went to jail for an unknown reason. (Abuse?) She then was able to have her baby whom she named Luke. When John was released from jail, he and Laurie May argued over money and a struggle ensued with Luke being dropped and dying instantly. John ran off scared but Laurie May buried Luke out back of the shack she lived in. The next day she committed suicide by hanging herself. John came home a few days later and found her. he disappeared and was never heard from again. People started seeing her ghost six months after she died.

Knoorp House

Knoorp House

De Soto, Mo

Located off of Vineland And Knorpp Roads, near the railroad tracks. You must walk about a quarter mile down the driveway, past two old barns and an old silo to reach the house. This house was once owned by a slave owner. Voices and strange lights have been reported Orbs have also been reported here. There is an urban legend about the columns at the beginning of the driveway. When you pull up to them, you are not to go between or through them or you will not get out. The house is in very bad condition. The plantation was originally settled in 1806, by a very well known and prosperous family of slave holders. The family at its height owned in excess of 100 slaves, and from all accounts, they were not treated in the best of manners. Even the most minor infractions would result in severe beatings, and more often than not, being hanged, and the body allowed to remain as a warning to others who may be contemplating an insubordinate act. This went on until the Yankees occupied DeSoto, which was a pro Confederate town. (I was raised in a home built on the actual foundation of the Yank encampment on the south end of Wilsons Hollow Road). Hearing that a Union garrison was heading to the plantation, the owner decided that, rather than allow his property to fall into Yankee hands, he had each slave hung along the border of the property to protest the incursion. This would have been in early March of 1862. The Yank officer in charge, taken aback by such a display, ordered the owner taken into Federal custody, a summary court convened, and a conviction ensued. The owner was bound, hanged from the same tree used to “dispatch” his slaves, and his body sat ablaze. Sometimes you can still see the bodies hang from the branches and you can even hear the sounds of the screams. There are times, early in spring on moonless nights when the silhouettes of the hanging slaves still swing from the trees lining the road leading to the “big house”.

9 Mile Bridge

We’re starting out with a good one.

9 Mile Bridge, Auxvasse, Mo

A bridge that was once used to hang black women and children off it. There is a legend that says that if you shut your car off, you can’t start it up again until after you push it nine miles. That legend has never worked out and is probably an urban legend. But on starless, cloudy nights, you can see peculiar lights like sets of eyes that blink every now and then, under the bridge, in the trees along the creek, and in the cemetery up on the hill by the creek. Also, if you go out on a dark night, when there has been no running water…in forever, stop your car on the bridge, and roll down your windows, you can hear what sounds like water running in the creek, but also strangely, foot steps in the weeds and leaves. Some are even in the water, where they used to drown the babies. You can also hear strange noises in the middle of the night by the bridge. When you sit in the ledge of the bridge, take your shoes off, and dangle your feet above the creek, you can feel a weird tickling feeling on your feet. Myth says it’s the slave children drown there tickling your feet. If you stay and hang out for a while, when you come back to your car, there are what appears to be foot and hand prints on your hood and windshield. – There’s also the ghost of a woman seen walking on the bridge at night.

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