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SHOW ME COSTUMES
DRESS UP AS A MISSOURI ICON THIS HALLOWEEN.
If you need a bit of costume inspiration for All Hallows’ Eve, how about adding in a little Missouri flavor? We’ve put together some iconic Show-Me State figures for you to emulate, along with lists of what you’ll need to pull off the costume. Enjoy representing your home state, and may you receive many more treats than tricks! Tag us on social media or send us photos of your Missouri-centric costumes and we may share them in a future issue.—Evan Wood
Mark Twain is probably the most recognizable Missourian of all time. Aside from the wig and mustache, this costume can be assembled from clothes you already have or could borrow from a friend. You might also find the suit and tie at a thrift store for a reasonable price. If you really want to go the extra mile, add a steamboat captain or gold prospector twist, making your costume specific to a couple of Twain’s most famous books. Yes, some Philistines are going to mistake you for Albert Einstein, but that just means you’ll have an opportunity to illuminate them about Missouri’s most beloved author.
Before landing in the Windy City for the Cubs, Harry Caray called games for a vastly superior team, the St. Louis Cardinals. St. Louisborn, Harry spent 25 years calling, cheering, and singing his way through Cardinals highs and lows, longer than his tenure with any other team, including the Cubs. Frustrate and confuse your Cubsloving friends by donning Harry’s famous oversized glasses and a Cardinals cap, and then crack open a can of Budweiser.
WHAT YOU NEED: White curly wig | White mustache | Light-colored suit | Bow tie | Cigar or pipe BONUS: ”Hello My Name Is Samuel Clemens” name tag | Captain’s hat | Notebook and pen | A longstanding hatred of that hack James Fenimore Cooper
WHAT YOU NEED: A blazer or suit jacket | Oversize glasses | Tie | Dress shirt | Khakis | Old-timey microphone BONUS: Cardinals hat | Bewildered friend from Chicago | A thorough study of Will Ferrell’s classic Saturday Night Live impression
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Perhaps you’ve already binged the third season of the Netflix hit Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. The sitcom has already earned 11 Primetime Emmy Awards. The show stars Missouri-born Ellie Kemper, and this costume is the perfect tribute to one of the biggest shows in the 2010s.
Here is a great couples, best friends, or group costume. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark had many traveling companions, so, in theory, a whole gaggle of folks could dress up as old-timey explorers for this one. The pair set out from St. Louis to explore the Louisiana Purchase, later called the Missouri Territory, in 1804. They were among the first to document the state, and as a little bonus Missouri tie-in, they were both among the first territorial governors of Missouri. Drop that miscellaneous fact on some unsuspecting partygoers this Halloween, and you’ll come off like a certified history buff!
WHAT YOU NEED: Yellow sweater | Pink pants | Brightly colored sneakers | Floral shirt | Backpack
WHAT YOU NEED: Coonskin or tricorn hat | Tan jacket with fringe | Fake musket or large knife in a sheath | Boots
BONUS: Map of New York City subways | Infectious happiness | The ability to escape a Dooms Day cult
BONUS: Spyglass | Walking stick | Working knowledge of native flora and fauna | Experience fighting grizzly bears
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COURTESY WIKIMEDIA COMMONS, NETFLIX
Lewis & Clark
P R IS O N E R S O F P Y T H I A N World War II prisoners left their marks on the dungeon walls and history of Pythian Castle. During World War II, at least 70 men were held as prisoners of war in the basement and outbuildings of Pythian Castle in Springfield. The ghosts of the German and Italian POWs are said to still wander the halls, calling out the names of visitors to the Gothic castle.
Then the US military took over the
as well as those who died by their own
Originally intended as an orphan-
property in 1942, using it as a rehabil-
hands. The castle, listed on the National
age and retirement home for fami-
itation center with bowling and danc-
Register of Historic Places, has been
ly members of deceased Knights of
es, movies and music. But just past a
featured on television shows such as
Pythias, a fraternal order established
barred door to the basement “dun-
Haunted Collector and Ghost Lab and in
in 1864, construction wrapped on the
geon,” the castle held and housed
the documentary Children of the Grave.
building in 1913. Until World War II, chil-
POWs. The prisoners’ paintings and
Today, the castle is privately owned, and
dren lived and labored in the castle
writings still adorn the walls.
visitors can attend events and ghost
under severe rules. Siblings were kept strictly separate by gender for years.
Tragedy runs through the castle’s history—natural and accidental deaths,
tours that include trips down the winding, haunted tunnels underneath.
The site of a Civil War battle along Wilson’s Creek stands as a vivid, sometimes unearthly reminder of lives lost in 1861.
As first light hit the hazy air of Wilson’s
momentum to Southern sympathizers
Creek on August 10, 1861, Union forces
throughout the state.
launched a surprise attack on the gath-
Today, many say that the restless
ered Confederate troops. A shot rang
spirits of a war-torn Missouri still haunt
out, and so it began—the first Civil War
the area. While visiting the site of this
clash between Union and Confederate
designated National Battlefield, many
soldiers west of the Mississippi.
have reported seeing the ghostly ap-
For more than five hours, the battle
paritions of those long-ago soldiers,
at Wilson’s Creek raged. Fighting was
hearing noises that can only be de-
brutal and bloody and often at close
scribed as guns and cannons, feeling
quarters. Casualties were heavy on
cold spots that raise goosebumps, and
both sides—more than 2,500 killed,
at night, hearing the sounds of sol-
diers walking and talking in the near-
Nathaniel Lyon, the first Union gen-
by woods. The battleground has been
eral killed in battle. Known solemn-
preserved by the National Park Service
ly as the “Battle of Bloody Hill,” the
and is open to the public throughout
costly Confederate victory brought
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COURTESY JO NAYLOR
THE BATTLE OF BLOODY HILL
A HIDDEN HISTORY (cont.) of time; many left behind accounts of un-
A F AM I L Y H AUNTE D B Y TR AGE DY
explained noises, voices, and sights within
regulations as a personal attack on his
In his resulting investigation, Steven
deaths and suicides, and many
family. A failing business and a messy
consulted paranormal investigators, psy-
believe their spirits are still
divorce led Billy into a deep depression.
chics, and priests. He says the Catholic
trapped in the family mansion.
He killed himself in his office inside the
COURTESY LEMP MANSION
Church released a 156-page report classi-
Lemp Mansion on December 29, 1922.
fying the case as demonic infestation, op-
The Lemp family’s story begins in
Charles Lemp, the third son of
pression, obsession, and possession.
1838 when a German family set sail
William Lemp Sr., moved back into the
Finally, after one particularly scary
for America. By the dawn of the 20th
Lemp Mansion, a now decrepit, dilapi-
night when the door to the children’s room
century, the family had hit it big with its
dated skeleton of what it used to be, in
wouldn’t open and the house was report-
German lager, a signature brew called
1929. Charles was a reclusive but sen-
edly shaking with booms and crashes,
Falstaff Beer. Yet the American Dream
timental man, and soon an illness ren-
they left for good. Steven says he saw a
proved elusive for the Lemps. The fam-
dered him unable to care for himself. On
ghostly figure that’s been referred to as the
ily faced tragedy after tragedy, leaving
May 10, 1949, Charles committed suicide.
Screaming Man roaming the house after
behind a legacy of distress, torment,
they fled to the car.
Built on land owned by Captain John T.
Johann “Adam” Lemp settled in St.
Crowe, first captain of the first Missouri mi-
Louis in the mid-1800s. By 1868, he’d
litia in the Civil War, the house was erected
opened a grocery store and brewery
in 1932. It was set on the portion of land
near the riverfront, prompting the Lemp
where slaves of Captain Crowe’s wife,
Minerva, had lived. Historical documents
Adam’s son, William, took over the
suggest Minerva had affairs with at least
family brewery after his father’s death.
one of the men, which may have led to her
Tragedy first struck when William’s son
death and the deaths of all the young men
Frederick died suddenly of heart failure
who were slaves on the property.
on December 12, 1902, at the age of 28.
He was the only Lemp suicide victim to
Crime and death seemed to sur-
When his good friend, Frederick Pabst—
leave a note: “In case I am found dead,
round the Screaming House. Most nota-
of Pabst Blue Ribbon—passed away on
blame it on no one but me.”
bly, in 1974, a murder-suicide took place
January 1, 1904, William was overcome.
Longtime Lemp Mansion historian
in the house across the street from the
He committed suicide in the Lemp fami-
Betsy Burnett-Belanger says the spirits
Screaming House, and the suicide rate of
ly mansion on February 13, 1904.
of Billy and Charles have made them-
Union climbed to above the national aver-
Within a couple of decades, the fam-
selves known in the house to visitors
age. Historical documents note that several
ily experienced another traumatic loss.
and staff alike. Various people have
men and women committed suicide near or
Elsa Lemp-Wright, William’s youngest
complained about hearing ghostly
around the Screaming House.
daughter, died soon after re-marrying
knocks and phantom footsteps. There
Today, the Screaming House has ap-
businessman Thomas Wright. At the
are tales of glasses in the bar flying off
peared on the Discovery Channel’s A
time, authorities suspected—but never
the shelves, doors locking and unlock-
Haunting, and in the Booth Brothers’ Syfy
proved—foul play from Elsa’s husband;
ing by themselves, and lights that turn
and Chiller documentary, The Possessed.
her death was ultimately ruled a suicide.
on and off with no one at the switch.
Steven LaChance frequently speaks and
William “Billy” Lemp Jr. had become
The Lemp Mansion frequently lands
writes about his experiences in the house,
president of the brewing company af-
on lists of the most haunted places in
among other paranormal topics. The house
ter the death of his father, William, in
Missouri. It operates as a restaurant,
is still used as private property.
1904. Billy took the rising Prohibition
bed-and-breakfast, and event space.
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picture This H I G H -T E C H U LT R A S O U N D H E L P S C L E A R U P T H E PUZZLE IN THE BATTLE AGAINST BREAST CANCER. Dr. Megha Garg STORY Kathy Casteel
Late last year, Ellis Fischel began offering
mammogram was inconclusive, and the doc-
automated whole-breast ultrasound exams
tor would like to order further tests. These
as a supplemental screen. The new machine
days, that call includes information about
features a robotic arm that automatically
breast density and options for supplemen-
moves an exterior probe in parallel rows over
tal screening. Those options could include
the entire breast, collecting thousands of im-
the newest tool in a doctor’s screening arse-
ages in less than 30 minutes. Studies have
nal—automated whole-breast ultrasound—for
shown the painless, radiation-free procedure
is about 14 percent more sensitive than a 3-D
Dense breast tissue—occurring in 40 to
mammogram, Dr. Garg says. “It can find up to
50 percent of women—contains a higher ratio
seven additional cancers per 1,000 patients
of fibrous tissue to fatty tissue. In a mammo-
screened,” she adds. “These are generally
gram, this dense tissue shows up as a white
mass, which is similar to how some tumors
She cautions that information is not yet
appear. It’s difficult to differentiate between
available on how the automated whole-breast
benign fibrous tissue and cancerous growths;
ultrasound screenings affect survival rates
some radiologists liken it to looking for a
because “the technology is still so new.”
rabbit in a snowstorm.
Whole-breast ultrasound is most useful for
“Dense breast tissue is not a condition or
screening women with dense breast tissue
abnormality,” says Dr. Megha Garg, an assis-
or those at moderate risk of breast cancer,
tant professor of radiology at the University of
Dr. Garg notes. “For high-risk patients, we
Missouri and director of the breast imaging pro-
have breast MRI. The ultrasound bridges the
gram at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center in Columbia.
“It simply refers to the ratio of fibroglandular tis-
Whatever the diagnosis, preventive care
sue to fat in your breast. If your mammogram
starts with self-exams and basic mammo-
reveals you have dense breast tissue and risk
grams, she says. “I tell people it’s very import-
assessment shows overall high risk for breast
ant to know this is a supplemental screening. It
cancer, you could benefit from supplemental
does not replace a mammogram. You still need
screening in addition to mammograms.”
that basic screening before anything else.” 84 / MISSOURI LIFE
KNOW YOU R S C OR E MAMMOGRAMS SCORE BREAST DENSITY INTO FOUR CATEGORIES: 1. Fatty tissue 2. Scattered fibrous tissue 3. Heterogeneously dense 4. Extremely dense Missouri is one of 31 states to require that patients receive notification after a mammogram if their density score is 3 or 4. Learn more about breast density and associated cancer risks at AreYouDense.com.
? COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI HEALTH CARE
It’s a phone call every woman dreads: The
Published on Sep 8, 2017