Monday, April 14, 2014

Hauntings: LaLaurie House

LaLaurie House (New Orleans, Louisiana)

In 1832, Dr. Louis Lalaurie and his wife, Delphine, moved into a mansion in the French Quarter of New Orleans.  Madame LaLaurie and her husband became renowned for holding lavish parties in their ostentatious house.

However, there were dark secrets behind the fine fa├žade.

On April 10, 1834, the house caught fire. When the fireman arrived, they discovered a secret attic where dozens of slaves were chained to walls or in cages. Madame Lalaurie had been experimenting on them, mutilating them, and removing body parts. When the police came to arrest her, she escaped and was never caught.

Since that time, many have reported supernatural experiences in and around the house, such as:
~  A slave girl who Madam Lalaurie once chased onto the roof with a horse whip, leaped off the roof to her death.  For years after, neighbors reported seeing the girl’s ghost screaming and repeating her death leap every night.
~  In the early 1900s, an Italian immigrant living in the house was attacked by a black man wearing chains.  When the Italian shouted for help, the man vanished before his eyes.
~  At one time, the house was remodeled into a furniture store, but the owner kept finding his merchandise covered with a foul-smelling liquid.  Even when the man stayed late at night, waiting for the vandal, he never saw anyone, but the nasty fluid kept showing up on his furniture.  He sold the business.
~  Madam Lalaurie’s ghost was once seen standing over the cradle of a resident’s child, and she was also seen chasing ghostly children with a whip.  Once, a black servant reported being chased through the house by her spirit. The story goes that when she caught him, she tried to strangle him.

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