MPR Investigation and Ghosts & Haunts in MO Follow Up of April 21, 2006 - 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
In attendance were Greg of Missouri Paranormal Research and Terry and Tom of both Missouri
Paranormal Research and Ghosts & Haunts in Missouri.
Local weather conditions for this investigation for the time period of 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. were
partly cloudy to fair, winds from the NW ranging from 5 to 8 mph, temperatures started at 73 degrees
Fahrenheit and dropped to 63 degrees Fahrenheit by 10:00 p.m., dew point ranged from 38 to 43 for
the duration of this investigation, barometric pressure ranged from 29.91 rising to 29.95 during this
investigation. Relative Humidity Ranged from 27% rising to 48%.
Lunar data was a Waning Crescent Moon at approximately 32 percent Full. Solar X-Rays were normal
and the Geomagnetic Field was unsettled.
This property was once part of the 999 acre historical St. Stanislaus Seminary which was originally
started in 1823 in the then Louisiana Territory by 8 Belgian Jesuit missionaries, including Father De
Smet, under the encouragement of Bishop DuBourg and President James Monroe. This first
started as a log cabin residence and Indian School near the present intersection of Howdershell
and Charbonier Roads in Florissant, Missouri. In 1840 the log cabins were replaced with a much
larger four level stone building which became the longest running Jesuit novitiate in the United
States until 1971 when it became a Museum of Western Jesuit Missions with the rest of the
remaining associated property being sold to United Pentecostal Church International. Also in that
year 351 Jesuit burials were exhumed and moved to Calvary Cemetery for burial. The oldest grave
site, some of it being on an old Native American burial mound, remained until 2003 along with the
now Jesuit Museum.
In 2003 the museum was closed with the items being located to a newer Museum on the St. Louis
University Campus and the remaining burials of the "pioneer" Jesuits were removed and reentered
into Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri, the 11 historic Jesuit burials were placed in individual
graves in Section 33 and the remaining 110 non-historic burials were placed in one mass grave.
Back in its day, the St. Stanislaus Seminary was totally self sufficient on its 999 acres and included
an orchard, chicken ranch, cattle barn, wheat fields, vine-yards, butcher shop, bakery, creamery and
The 1840 stone and other associated buildings still stand today off of Howdershell Road and are
currently used as the Gateway College of Evangelism.
The property we investigated, now called the St. Stanislaus Conservation area, was once used by
the Mission and called the St. Stanislaus Villa as it sat upon the Charbonier Bluff area near the
Missouri River. The Jesuit Seminary students would spend their day off (Thursday) there every
week. This was also the place that the Jesuit Brothers who worked the Seminary farms got their
Locals to this area and teens have reported hearing odd unexplainable voices and experiencing
unexplainable cold spots when visiting the old ruins in this area.
Brought by Greg of MPR; Cell Sensor EMF Detection Meter, La Crosse IR-101 Infra-Scan IR
Thermometer, Panasonic RR-US360 IC Recorder, Sony DSC-F828 8.0 Mega pixel Digital Still Camera
(Cybershot), Sony CCD-TRV-98 Camcorder with 17 hour battery, Sony HVL-IRM IR Light for above
cameras, Radio Shack motion sensor alarm, ghost catchers/wind chimes and an Engineer
Directional Compass (Standard Magnetic Type)
Brought by Terry of MPR and G&H in MO; Extech 403250 Laser Thermo Meter, Camcorder, Sony
CCD-TRV-98 with optional Sony HVL-IRC Range extender for outdoor night use & 17 Hour batteries,
EMF meter, hand held Multi detector Pro. made in Germany, Tri-Field Natural EM Meter with audio
alarm & illuminated for night work. Mini Alert motion Detectors, Minolta DiMAGE 7 HI Digital camera
with Sunpak 4000AFexternal flash, Extech 45320 Hydro-thermometer, Sony ICD-MS515 Digital voice
recorder and Apple iMac running Panther OSX for all analog audio & video conversion to digital
Brought by Tom; Pentax Digital SLR IST D Camera.
Terry, Tom and Greg arrived at 7:00 p.m. and hiked into the area containing the old ruins of this
historical site. Two video cameras were placed within the area to capture video and several
passive and interactive EVP sessions were conducted. Equipment was packed up at 10:00 p.m. and
all investigators hiked back out to their vehicles and departed.
1. An odd visual distortion was witness by Greg while still light outside. It is best described as a
human size oval shape which was translucent and appeared as an optical illusion with heat wave
patterns like heat waves off of a highway on a very hot summer day. It only noticed for about one or
two seconds before moving quickly into the nearby wooded area.
2. The ground shook slightly during part of the investigation and was noticed by all three
investigators. Possible seismic activity for the duration of the investigation still needs to be
3. Odd sounds were heard by investigators at times during the investigation. One such sound was
a deeper toned rattle noise.
Several digital pictures, approximately 3 to 5 hours of video and 1 to 2 hours of audio were
collected during the investigation. All collected video, pictures and audio are in need of further
analysis to determine potential evidence.
Final Analysis & Results
A couple of audio clips were extracted, but were not remarkable after analysis. Video and
photographs were also on the most part unremarkable and in most part explainable.
Although there were a few remarkable experiences, there was also a lack of captured evidence as
well and not enough to substantiate this area as paranormally active or experiencing a haunting.
However, with the few remarkable experiences we feel that further follow up investigations in
hopes of obtaining more evidence and experiences would be warranted.
Gregory Myers, President
Paranormal Task Force
| Links For Further Information
Here are some links for further information concerning the St. Stanislaus
Seminary and its history.
The Museum of Western Jesuit Missions
Jesuits of Missouri Province History
The Angelus - The Raising up of Fr. DeSmet
Pater De Smet (1801 - 1873)
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|April 21, 2006
|St. Stanislaus Seminary & Villa
|MISSOURI PARANORMAL RESEARCH
INVESTIGATIVE REPORT OF ST. STANISLAUS SEMINARY 04/21/2006
(Also a Ghosts & Haunts in Missouri Follow Up)
|History and Profile of Home and Property
|Human Experiences and Oddities
|Potential Evidence for Analysis and Evaluation
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