OK, Knob Noster Residents, is This Old Ghost Story True?
Don't tell the boss, but sometimes we goof around here at the radio station. For no reason whatsoever, I decided to do a Google search on "most haunted places in Missouri." Just so you know, there are 1,450,000 results that come up from this search. I looked at about five of them, and was surprised to see Knob Noster listed more than once.
Knob Noster shows up on several haunted Missouri lists because of a legend of an old hermit who was suspected of murdering his slave. The hermit was found dead, with his face "frozen in terror," following a lightning strike. It is said that lantern light was seen moving along the hill right before the lightning struck, and to this day lantern light can be seen bobbing up and down the same hillside on stormy nights. None of the websites I looked at specifically named the hill.
So the question is, has anyone in Knob Noster ever actually witnessed this spooky light, or is it just an old story?
If you ain't afraid of no ghost, and would like to visit some of Missouri's most haunted locations, I found a few that are within a reasonable driving distance of our area. The old Missouri State Penitentiary and the Governor's Mansion in Jefferson City are both supposedly haunted. So is Thespian Hall in Boonville.