We would like to introduce you to Steven LaChance, a paranormal researcher who has studied some of the most haunted sites in the St. Louis area. Working with the St. Louis Paranormal Research Society, Steven visited the Fox to conduct an investigation before the Fabulous Fox Ghost Tours on October 16-17. We caught up with Steven to ask him five fabulous questions about his work in paranormal research and why he thinks that Fabulous Fox is the perfect setting for a ghost tour!
How did you first become interested in paranormal investigation and research?
I moved into a haunted house in Union, Missouri on May 18, 2001. My experiences in that house led me to research the paranormal. My first book, “The Uninvited” and my newest book, “Blessed Are The Wicked” share stories from that haunting. I began helping people with their personal haunting situations in May 2004 and have helped hundreds of people around the country.
I was the first paranormal researcher to investigate some of the most high profile cases in the St. Louis area; including Union Missouri Screaming House, Zombie Road, Tri County Truck Stop, Pythian Castle, Morse Mill Hotel, as well as locations surrounding the St. Louis Exorcist Case, which no other investigator has accessed.
What other cases have you and the St. Louis Paranormal Research Society investigated around St. Louis?
The St. Louis Paranormal Research Society runs some of the top paranormal and historical tours in the St. Louis area. They are responsible for the weekly paranormal tour at the Lemp Mansion, one of the most haunted locations in the country. The St. Louis Paranormal Research Society helped bring that recognition to our city.
The Society also leads a weekly Haunted Cherokee walking tour. They are responsible for tours of the Alton YWCA in Alton, Ill. and organize paranormal events at the Casa Loma Ballroom. The St. Louis Paranormal Research Society is the most respected group of paranormal investigators in the St. Louis area and around the nation.
Why did you and the other members of the St. Louis Paranormal Research Society want to investigate the Fabulous Fox?
I always wanted to investigate the Fabulous Fox after working for the theatre in the early 1990s. While working late one night, I had one of my first haunting experiences. I could hear someone walking around, whistling and making a noise that sounded like keys jangling. I was the only one in the theater at the time.
I can't answer for my fellow team members, but I am sure they wanted to investigate the Fox because of the long history of the theatre. We are historians first. The paranormal comes second to that history. Besides, who can resist a theatre ghost? I have never stepped into a theatre without a ghost story.
What was the most remarkable event that occurred during the investigation of the Fabulous Fox?
When I started a ghost box session at the beginning of the Fabulous Fox investigation, the box started to whistle. It was the same whistle I heard when I worked at the Fox years ago. I had a feeling of being welcomed back. It was a very strange, but very cool moment for me.
I know others heard the whistling throughout the theatre at different times during the investigation. It is always good when your investigation is validated.
What kinds of ghosts did you encounter while investigating the Fox?
I believe there are two types of ghosts at the Fabulous Fox. The first is known as a Residual. A Residual is a replaying of a memory or emotion over and over again. In the case of the Fox, the whistling guy could be a Residual. He follows the same behavior and never tries to make contact. He could be a replay of an emotion or behavior. Maybe he walked the halls of the theatre every night and occasionally the sound plays out for us. We get a glimpse of the Fox of the past through these occurrences.
The second type of haunting is interactive. These are the spirits that can move things and interact with their environment.
The Fox is a happy place. The theatre is full of special moments and wonderful memories of great performances. Some of that positive energy remains and is roaming around the theatre. The positive energy shows that the Fabulous Fox has a history which cannot be replaced and should never be forgotten.
Bonus Question: What is your favorite show you have seen at the Fox?
I was at opening night for the first national tour of Phantom of the Opera. My seats were fourth row on the aisle of the center orchestra. Nothing can beat that.