CAPS Investigates The Morse Mill Hotel – Hillsboro, MO

CAPS left Charlotte on Thursday – July 12th, headed by car to Hillsboro, Missouri.  After staying overnight in Clarksville, TN, we arrived at the hotel around 3:30 in the afternoon of Friday July 13th.  We stayed overnight at the historic property, and left the following morning around 11am.  One personal experience that was shared by all was a very loud bang that we could not account for. We will post any evidence collected from this investigation after proper review.

About the hotel (from website

  • Built originally in 1816, as 1 room house then expanded to what it is in the early 1800’s by John Morse Master Bridge Engineer of his time. Mr. Morse was also a suspected warlock, as well as a Confederate Officer. Directly connected to the James Gang by the confederate effort.
  • Jesse James and his Brothers stayed here, and registered their Marks into the existing Register. They are known to associate with Mr. Morse, and that a lot of their actions could be traced to them stealing for the Confederate Army gain. One of them was a cartoonist, drawing in the register.
  • Bertha Gifford lived, worked here-1st female serial killer in the Nation. She killed numerous kids, and as well as many adults w Arsenic Chocolates for the kids. She worked at the Hotel, and is buried within walking distance. She was an exceptionally gifted cook, go figure!
  • Al Capone rumored to use this as a rest house, speak easy, gambling. The Historians traced his movements to here at the time that he was building his gambling & whiskey operations. He served great Whiskey from here, some of which still exists on the shelves of local grandparents that say it never ran dry at the Morse Mill Hotel. It is also a undisputed fact that Police would never dare to enter this neck of the woods, knowing it was out of their reach.
  • Some evidence suggests hotel may have helped the effort to return rebels back to the south. It is referred to as “the Secession Railroad” or “the Chip Trail.”
  • Built of Maple, and Limestone . The structure is 4 stories tall. 5,300 sq. ft.
  • In front of the Hotel the Stone Wall was built by freed Slaves, hand carved of course.
  • Charlie Chaplin marked his stay here! He was a known ’Womanizer’. A nearby elder woman says when she was a child her Mom would complain about this Chaplin man carrying on with young girls.
  • This place has been a private home, speakeasy, brothel ,half way house, Confederate Hospital, Underground Railroad, Indian Burial, Post Office, multiple murder scene spanning decades, hanging scene and several known murderers have visited and stayed here.