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Reporters Seek Tryst With 'Tapper'

Posted Wednesday, April 27, 2011, at 11:15 PM

The Lorimier pagoda at Old Lorimier Cemetery, circa 1950. (G.D. Fronabarger)
Apparently the tale of the man who felt the seven mysterious tappings while walking through Old Lorimier Cemetery was too much for a couple of Missourian reporters, who naturally had to go and see if they could feel the taps themselves. Notably absent is the byline, or any mention at all of who the reporters were

The headline on Jan. 27, 1938, reads "Reporters Seek Tryst With 'Tapper'" -- "Pay Early Morning Visit to Cemetery to Keep Appointment"

And my favorite part, the second subhead: "Teeth Chatter 'in cold' as Newsmen Try to Find Source of Reported Arm Tapping."

Clearly, the headline writer didn't quite believe the cold was the only force at work.

"To historic Old Lorimier cemetery, where lie buried the high and low of Cape Girardeau's early days, went two Missourian reporters early this morning to keep an appointment with a "tapper", but found only that it was colder in the graveyard than it would have been in bed."

The two reporters settled down near the grave of Don Louis Lorimier to keep their lookout. They didn't attempt to contact the tapper at all; it seems like they just wanted to sit and wait for it to come to them. The story goes on about their teeth chattering, with the two of them poking fun at each other, until one of them decided it was time to leave.

"Evidently having about enough of the catacomb stay, my partner, thoughtless like, tapped me on the arm, evidently about to say we should go. Right then and there this reporter started to 'walk' off just like the discoverer of the 'tapper' did, but with a sharp 'where are you going; wait for me' stopped progress toward town."

During investigations we often just sit and be still and observe what is going on in the environment. In that way you can just as easily identify the source of a noise or light as you can something paranormal, like a shadow with no source.

I suppose it was brave of the reporters to try to get the scoop, be it normal or paranormal. And even though they didn't find anything, they still conceded at the end of their article, "perhaps it was the wrong day to look for" the tapper.

Further reading

Read the full story of the reporters' excursion.

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Katherine is a former copy editor at the Southeast Missourian who has had a lifelong interest in the paranormal and enjoys going with her small group to investigate allegedly haunted places. She lives in Cape Girardeau with her husband (who investigates with her) and two dogs (who don't).
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