St. Louis, Missouri
In the 1800’s St. Louis was a hotbed for German immigrants and beer brewing, and no story is more crucial and messed up than the Lemp Family and their cursed house. By 1840, the family patriarch, Johann, had formed Western Brewery, which was one of the first breweries to produce German Lager in the US. After the Civil War, his son William took over, making the brewery one of the largest in St. Louis. In 1876 William and his family moved into the mansion, and it was hoped that their fourth son, Frederick, would take over the business when he was older. In 1901, he passed away from heart failure. William was so distraught, he shot himself 3 years later.
Consequently, the oldest son Billy, took over the business and fell into hard times during Prohibition. He too, shot himself.
That wasn’t it. Then the youngest child of William, their only daughter, went through a divorce, and shot herself. Finally Charles Lemp, William’s third son, moved into the mansion in 1929. In May of 1949, he shot his dog, then himself. He was the last Lemp to live in the house. Now it’s a restaurant and inn, and a local hotspot come Halloween.