By Keith E. Domke
Missourian Staff Writer
The paranormal world can focus on St. Clair Sunday night when a one-hour Discovery Channel television show centers on a local home that some say is haunted.
Destination America’s “A Haunting: House of Sorrows” is scheduled to air at 9 p.m.
Author, producer and former Franklin County resident Steven LaChance helped put the show together. According to his biographical information, he started the Missouri Paranormal Research group but he since has been working on private investigations and research.
Among his investigations are “The Union Screaming House.”
Through emails, LaChance would not confirm the specific address of the “House of Sorrows,” but he told The Missourian that “Everyone knows the story is about St. Clair.”
The city, house and case also were mentioned when LaChance was interviewed on Tuesday during the “Dave Glover Show” on FM News Talk 97.1
LaChance also told The Missourian that the show is “about the family who currently lives in the home and events which happened to them.”
“It is not a live broadcast, and the real house is never shown or used in the re-enactments about the current owners,” he said. “An investigation was not filmed for the show inside the house. The show is made up of interviews and re-enactments which will tell the story of this one family.”
Information released by Destination America about the show states that “Sometimes real evil lurks in the darkest shadows and in the most ordinary places. This is where nightmares become reality.
“ ‘A Haunting’ showcases some of the scariest stories of supernatural activity known to man. Through spellbinding first-person accounts, each episode profiles the story of one family traumatized by forces unknown. As the mystery and origin of each case is unraveled, audiences are left with a lingering sense that life after death is much more powerful — and sometimes more possessive — than anyone could have possibly imagined.”
About this specific episode, Destination Imagination stated, “In 2012, a young couple move into a home with a tragic history — years earlier four people were found dead in the house of carbon monoxide poisoning.
“Soon after moving in, Darrin and Jamie hear strange sounds and Darrin sees a ghostly woman. They suspect the spirits of the people who died in the house are trapped there.
“But then the haunting takes a dark turn, and Darrin and one of the family dogs are attacked. Paranormal investigators determine a demonic entity is in the home and cleanse the house, but Darrin unwittingly invites dark entities back into the home that threaten the safety of his wife and new baby.”
In December 2010, The Missourian reported that four individuals — two adults and two children — were found dead in a home in St. Clair on North Commercial Avenue, and examinations led officials to believe the cause was carbon monoxide poisoning.
Reports from the case stated that law enforcement was called to the scene by two concerned individuals who went to the home attempting to contact the man who lived there because he had not been at work the previous couple of days. When the individuals arrived at the residence, they saw the man inside the home through a window. They called police, and forced entry was made.
Law enforcement said they were told that the individuals living in the home had been complaining about feeling “sick and nauseated” the few days before their deaths. The last time any friends or family members had contact with them was two days before they were found.
The man had moved into the residence about a month earlier and was renting it. There were no carbon monoxide detectors in the house.
The tragedy was one of the St. Clair Missourian’s top 10 stories of the year for 2010.
According to information from the Discovery Channel’s website, LaChance has been interviewed and filmed for inclusion in numerous paranormal documentaries. He also has begun directing his own projects.