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Few outsiders know of the ghosts
that haunts the Strand everyday
of the year. Many will not speak
of her fearing that she will come
and haunt them until they die a
horrible death. She is not mentioned
on the Ghost Of Galveston Island
Ghost Tour either.
"Haunted Hag Of The Strand"
in Galveston, Texas is bringer of
the most haunted experience you could
ever have. Many believe that she is
a lost soul who had died in The Great
Storm of 1900. Those who dare walk
the Strand late at night see her strange
apparition roaming the streets and
peering around corners She is said
to scream obscenities if you try to
catch her or speak to her. And if
she does not like you look out!
Over the years some locals have called
her a ghoul. Still others say she
is a vampire queen of the night that
will haunt you until you die. But
finding out the truth is reserved
only for the very brave of heart.
And so far only one team of Texas
Paranormal Investigators have ventured
out to try in recent times. Stories
often tell that she sucks the life
out of men and slits the throats of
woman with her bare teeth and long
nails. So be wary If you seek out
The story of this Hag does go back
well before the great storm. Magdalena
was her name and a supposed spurned
lover of the pirate King Jean Lafitte.
The story goes that this beautiful
Creole woman sold her soul to the
Devil to get Laffite to fall in love
wit her. But Laffite wore a very old
powerful Voodoo Charm from a New Orleans
exiled slave Voodoo Queen that protected
him from all magical spells that could
be put on him.
The voodoo hoodoo charm was given
to him for the actual trade of her
freedom, that which Lafitte granted.
Magdalena tried to seduce the great
Pirate King but his charm saved him
from her. By turning her into a creature
forever to roam the night.
The Pirate King Of
Anonymous oil on canvas
portrait of Jean Lafitte, early 19th
century, Rosenberg Library, Galveston,
After being run out
of New Orleans around 1817, Lafitte
relocated to the island of Galveston,
Texas establishing another "kingdom"
he named "Campeche". In
Galveston, Lafitte either purchased
or set his claim to a lavishly furnished
mansion used by French pirate Louis-Michel
Aury, which he named "Maison
Rouge". The building's upper
level was converted into a fortress
where a cannon commanding Galveston
harbor was placed. Around 1820, Lafitte
reportedly married Madeline Regaud,
possibly the widow or daughter of
a French colonist who had died during
an ill-fated expedition to Galveston.
In 1821, the schooner USS Enterprise
was sent to Galveston to remove Lafitte
from the Gulf after one of the pirate's
captains attacked an American merchant
ship. Lafitte agreed to leave the
island without a fight, and in 1821
or 1822 departed on his flagship,
the Pride, burning his fortress and
settlements and reportedly taking
immense amounts of treasure with him.
All that remains of Maison Rouge is
the foundation, located at 1417 Avenue
A near the Galveston wharf. When Laffite
left Galveston Island in 1820 he made
Jao de la Porta, a Jewish Texan merchant,
a full-time trader.
While the Lafitte brothers were engaged
in running the Galveston operation,
one client they worked with considerably
in the slave smuggling trade was James
Bowie. The Lafittes were selling slaves
at a dollar a pound, and Bowie would
buy them at the Lafittes' rate, then
get around the American laws against
slave trading by reporting his purchased
slaves as having been found in the
possession of smugglers. The law at
the time allowed Bowie to collect
a fee on the "recovered"
slaves, and he would then re-buy the
slaves (essentially a "slave
laundering" act) and then resell
them to prospective buyers. And many
Voodoo Hoodoo believers were so transported
to Texas because of this.
The Lafittes were also engaged in
espionage, and were, in effect, double
agents. The notion of their loyalty
to the United States, while much evoked
by their own publicity, was highly
dubious. The Lafittes (Pierre, in
particular) spied for Spain through
agents in Cuba and in Louisiana. While
often providing solid material, the
Lafittes in fact played both sides,
American and Spanish, and always with
an eye to securing their own interests.
No doubt the charm of Pierre and his
reputation as a man in the know figured
heavily in the weight he was given
by his immediate handlers, although
he was never trusted by the higher-up
of the Spanish interests. Of particular
interest it should be noted that while
running the island of Galveston for
personal benefit, Pierre Lafitte tried
to induce Spain to assault the island.
This would have enhanced his standing
with Spain while causing minimal real
losses to the Lafitte operations.
Herbert Asbury recounts his death
in The French Quarter: An Informal
History of the New Orleans Underworld.
In 1826, Lafitte entered the little
Indian village of Teljas, on the mainland,
and died of fever after a few days'
illness in a native hut. He was 47.
All the Voodoo Hoodoo Magic and riches
he had Could not save is life.
Tales Of Black Magic
And The Devil On Galveston Island
I questioned the Local ghost guide's
a well respected psychic partner the
beautiful lady back in 2004. She told
me that The Galveston Hag was a evil
witch that wanted immortal life and
beauty. But in her love tryst with
the Pirate Lafitte she became pregnant
with child. The baby in her womb is
said to possess the powers that the
Devil had given her. Not the hag.
You see the devil had tricked her
because he knew she was trying to
trick him into giving her all she
wanted with no strings attached. Amy
also said she had seen the old Hag
on several occasions and sometimes
she followed her late night ghost
tours looking to capture a straggler
I asked why and she said, "To
capture the youth she long ago lost."
You see when her infernal Devil Baby
was born she immediately dried up
and aged to the figure of a 80 year
old woman. Her child, a girl was said
to be very alert an had all the abilities
of an adult at birth. And at once
ran off into the night with umbilical
cord still wrapped around her neck
from where the hag tried to strangle
it at birth. The child is said to
have run to Laffites home on the Island
and nearly killed him stealing the
charm bag from around his neck as
In early 1821, the U.S. Navy ran
Lafitte out of Galveston, according
to French Quarter: An Informal
History of the New Orleans Underworld.
While leaving, Lafitte burned his
compound and the ruins that were left
is where the Devil Child is said to
hide from the Hag at.
Lafitte's spirit walks the the homes
ruins on nights of full moons it is
said waiting for his Magdalena to
be whole again.
Thus, despite the great heights to
which Lafitte rose, began his decline.
He left with three vessels, and left
the once beautiful creole, now wretched
The beastly evil child is said to
have lived in the ruins of Laffite's
mansion until it grew to womanhood.
Amy would tell me no more then this.
She said to speak of it means the
old Hag or worse the devil's child
will seek you out and kill you.
I pushed her for a few more details.
The Hag was transformed into a living
Vampire she said until she died and
was buried in the Old City Cemetery
which is in the group of 7 on Broadway
between "Broadway, or Ave J as
it is also known" and Ave L,
and 40th to 43rd St. She is buried
or was in an unmarked grave. But she
did not stay their long. The Great
Storm is said to have set her free
and since then she roams the streets
seducing men and killing woman until
she finds her Devil child. Once she
can kill the child her offspring from
Satan it is said she will regain her
beauty and be whole again to live
out her life as a normal woman.
"If Seeing The Old Galveston
Hag Is Believing?" "Then
I want to keep my eyes closed."
I just went back to Galveston Island
this spring of this year. Sadly the
beautiful young lady is no longer
with the tour company, So I asked
the nights ghost tour Host. What could
he tell of the Galveston Hag? His
face seemed to turn a shade or two
paler then his normal color. He said
" Who Told you about that?"
I told him I heard on his tour in
2004. " Well that explains it
he said." "Some stories
only need to be told once." I
wanted to know more about it I asked.
He then asked me to tell him the story
I knew, so I told him.He then said
"I wouldn't go looking for no
Hag if I was you." Case Closed
he said I can give you no more then
what you already know." He also
said that that story is not part of
his tour for obvious reasons."
So I set out with my camera and equipment
to question the locals about the Hag
and what they knew. Many of those
that I talked to said they knew of
the many ghosts that haunted the little
Island. But as far as stories go they
could give me no more then what I
I was told about the ghostly woman
who sucked blood. And that she preyed
on the many homeless people that frequented
the Island in the summer months. Also
about the old woman ghost that frequented
the homes of new born's and watched
over them to protect them from the
But it wasn't until 3:00 AM one night
when I saw a shadowy figure roaming
the strand dressed in black with long
gray blond hair, that I realized the
Old Hag of Galveston might just be
real! I followed her to one of the
many large service alleys where she
disappeared into the darkness. I still
wonder was I lucky to have seen her?
Or just "Lucky" she did
not see me?
About Leslie Danielle
Ferryman is a Paranormal Investigator
from Franklin, Tennessee. She heads
up The Franklin Ghost and Paranormal
Investigation Team. Ferryman is very
active in pursuing real Urban Legends
and finding out what truth lies hidden
in the stories told.
Her 15 member group has investigated
many haunted locations all over the
United States since it's founding
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