Meeting No. 37 – Times Beach – Meeting Minutes

Discussion: Emily joins Rissa and Heidi. Heidi tells Rissa and Emily the tale of Times Beach and dioxin contamination.

Discussion starts: (00:16:02)

Bill Pierce/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

Marilyn Leistner, former mayor of Times Beach (AP Photo/James A. Finley)

Documentary – The Missouri Ghost Town Poisoned By Toxic Waste

This Missouri town was so polluted the EPA just bought it and incinerated all the houses

Ill-Fated Times Beach

Remember Times Beach: The Dioxin Disaster, 30 Years Later

A Chemical Conundrum: How Dangerous Is Dioxin?

Atlas Obscura – Times Beach, Missouri

Wikipedia – Times Beach, Missouri

Follow Wadsworth on Instagram!

Emily and Rissa’s Mardi Gras 5K costumes

Meeting No. 26 – Dojo Pizza – Meeting Minutes

Heidi tells Rissa the hyper-local and super creepy tale of Loren Copp, a pastor, who ran a pizza joint and martial arts dojo gone very, very wrong.


Credit: Doyle Murphy – Riverfront Times

Former Dojo Pizza owner Loren Copp is accused of sexually abusing girls in his care. - STEVE TRUESDELL

Photo Credit: Steve Truesdell


Riverfront Times – December 2, 2015

Riverfront Times – April 11, 2018

Fox 2 News Article – December 26, 2016


Meeting No. 17 – Len Adams & The Mermaid House

Heidi visits with pro ghost hunter and author Len Adams at the Mermaid House and lives to tell the tale to Rissa.

Mermaid House

Located in the quaint town of Lebanon, IL.

Are you pregnant? This chair knows…

The bed that makes and unmakes itself.

Who peeks out this window?

Much like the bed, these books like to unshelve themselves.

Aunt Mary’s bed

Back stairwell to the kitchen.

The table with invisible guests.

Contact Len:


St. Louis Post-Dispatch article w/Len

Ghost Hunter Vists Glen Carbon

Haunted America Conference

Alton Hauntings Tours

Other Mentions

Leisure Family

Cahokia Mounds

Meeting No. 16 – The Monster of Florence

Discussion: Heidi tells Rissa the story of the Monster of Florence — like as in Italy! This one is extra gruesome, so fair warning.

Discussion starts:

The Monster of Florence

The Monster of Florence Biography

10 Eerie Facts About the Monster of Florence


US Highway 70

Scuba Knife

Boudreaux and Thibodeaux Jokes – origin

Fiat Panda

Sold in America Podcast

App for Hotels – battle sex trafficking

Meeting No. 13 – Stockholm Syndrome – Meeting Minutes

Discussion: Heidi tells Rissa about the bank robbery/hostage situation in which the phrase, “Stockholm Syndrome” was coined.

Discussion starts: 15:13

Links and images

Swedish Police Badge

Clark Olofsson – center. Fiance on left, policeman on right.

Credit: By Unknown – Aktuellt 1967. Malmö, 1967

Picture of the vault hostages were held in:


Eddie Rabbit, “I Love a Rainy Night”

Shaw’s Coffee

Mad Art Gallery

Dala Horses:


Clark Olofsson

What is Stockholm Syndrome?

The Birth of “Stockholm Syndrome,” 40 Years Ago


Meeting No. 12 – The Case of Andre Daigle – Meeting Minutes


Rissa tells the story of the murder of Andre Daigle, a murder case cracked by a psychic.

Discussion Begins: @ 16 minutes

Creepy Corrections, Conclusions and Clarifications

  • After revisiting one of her source articles again, Rissa concluded that Gervais confessed to the murder of Andre Daigle because he thought that Phillips had confessed. Phillips waived his rights right when they got arrested and Gervais did not. So the police started questioning Phillips. Every time they questioned him, his statement was different, so they had him write it down. Gervais was in the other room watching Phillips write his statement, so he thought Phillips was blaming it all on him. So Gervais waived his rights and asked to speak with the Chief because he didn’t want to take the rap.
  • Rissa kept saying Theresa Horne but it’s Thelma Horne.
  • Thelma Horne was convicted of second degree murder. So the court concluded that she didn’t actually murder Andre but she aided and abetted Gervais and Phillips. Unclear if she knew that Phillips and Gervais were going to murder Andre.
  • A woman named Thelma Augusta Horne, 46, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011. Not sure if this is our person.
  • A man named Charles Gervais painted a 6’6” x 4’6” oil painting of Our Lady of Fatima while in jail. Seems that he took up the Catholic faith while imprisoned. He laments to this newsletter that he is turning away from his life of crime. He says he ran away from home at age 12, was cared for by “prostitutes” and then became involved in the occult. He said he started his own cult where they killed a child and that’s why he’s in prison.


Meeting No. 11 – The Grandell Theatre – Meeting Minutes

RIssa and Heidi take a tour of the historic Grandell Theater with the St. Louis Paranormal Research Society.

Discussion Begins: 25:02

Spiral staircase to the Caretakers Area

Photo Credit: Heidi

Adorable Cats We Know

Up top: Robert J. Whiskers, Attorney at Paw and his cat Rhys Camew, Purrsonal Assistant

Sir Wadsworth. Follow this magical beast on Instagram: @sirwadsworthstl



  • Update on wildlife collector’s permit.
  • A vomitorium is a passage situated below or behind a tier of seats in an amphitheatre or a stadium, through which big crowds can exit rapidly at the end of a performance. They can also be pathways for actors to enter and leave stage. The Latin word vomitorium, plural vomitoria, derives from the verb vomō, vomere, “to spew forth”. In ancient Roman architecture, vomitoria were designed to provide rapid egress for large crowds at amphitheatres and stadiums, as they do in modern sports stadiums and large theatres.
  • A sextant is a doubly reflecting navigation instrument that measures the angular distance between two visible objects. The primary use of a sextant is to measure the angle between an astronomical object and the horizon for the purposes of celestial navigation.