Regulars claim ghost of hanged prostitute terrorizes Missouri bar

Patrons of a Missouri bar claim that the spirit of a murdered woman haunts the establishment, causing bottles to mysteriously spin behind the bar and shelves to inexplicably crash to the floor at all hours of the day and night.

"I'm a Christian and I don't believe in ghosts, but this one's real, that's all I'd say," Becky Ashley, a bartender at Ron's Roadhouse, told WDAF.

Ashley said that the epicenter of the paranormal activity is on the bar's second floor, which is home to a ghost named Elizabeth and is not open to the public.

The owners of Ron's Roadhouse, Ron and Jenelda Woolery, claim that the haunting stems from an event that took place in the 1950s when the building used to be a brothel.

According to legend, a woman named Elizabeth was a madam at the brothel and was hanged by one of her Johns in the infamous upstairs room. Her spirit is said to terrorize the premises ever since. 

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The spookiest ghosts in American history

Abraham Lincoln

Perhaps the most famous American ghost of all, legend has it the former U.S. president never left the White House following his assassination. His spirit supposedly remains to complete the business of his abbreviated second term and to be available in times of crisis.


Dolley Madison 

Dolley proved she's not one to mess with even after her death. Woodrow Wilson's wife Edith ordered White House gardeners to dig up Dolley's garden, but it never happened after her ghost supposedly scared the staff away.


Andrew Jackson

The ghost of former president Andrew Jackson is believed to still be in his old bedroom -- the Rose Room -- at the White House. Twenty years after Jackson’s death, Mary Todd Lincoln, a devout believer in the spirit world, told friends that she’d heard him stomping through the corridors of the White House.


Abigail Adams

Former U.S. president John Adams and his wife Abigail were the first inhabitants of the White House. It turns out Abigail never left! Supposedly the ghost of Abigail has been seen hurrying toward the East Room where she used to hang her laundry. 


The USS Constellation 

The first sightings of ghosts started as soon as the USS Constellation was decommissioned and permanently docked in Baltimore in 1955.


Theodosia Burr

The wife of wealthy Governor Joseph Alston of South Carolina, left her husband’s plantation and sailed north on the Patriot to visit her father in New York City. After her ship was raided, Burr was never seen again. Legend says that she survived and was taken care of by a Banker fisherman and his wife. 

Years later, Burr was on her deathbed. A doctor was called but Burr didn't have any money to pay the doctor -- he wanted the painting of Burr hanging on the wall as payment instead. She refused and ran out the door with the painting. The painting was found washed up on the shore and Burr was never seen again.

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Sarah Soule

There’s plenty of ghost ships in sea mythology.

One is the Sarah, named after a woman two sailors had fought over.

The one who won her heart named his ship Sarah, but ill-fortune had it lost at sea of Potts’ Point in Sydney. 

Some believers say they have spotted the ghost of the ship off the coast.



As a result, almost anyone who visits the second floor at Ron's Roadhouse wants out of there as quickly as possible.

"I've had firemen come in here and look it over and I have had them leave white as a ghost," Ron Woolery told WDAF. "They didn't really want to go back up either."

Woolery told the station that he, too, has had scary run-ins with Elizabeth.

When he first bought the bar, Woolery said he was climbing up a ladder to replace the sign outside when he began to feel uneasy.

"I got down and was going to tie the ladder off," Woolery explained. "As I got halfway up it felt like someone jerked the bottom of the ladder out from under me. Next thing I know I'm on the ground in the ladders on top of me."

Luckily for female patrons, Jenelda Woolery maintains that Elizabeth only seems to mess with men.

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