Royal Street-- With
grand balcony garden houses and the most unique
shop lined bankets, which runs through the French
Quarter, and it is more then just very haunted.
Many have reported
over the years seeing a dark haired woman dressed
in a long black dress, always ... alone pale as
the moon and solemn, rain or shine, day and night
walking on the great wrought iron balcony. And tales
from who have seen her and so have claimed to even
have spoken to her. Madame Lalaurie's ghost is said
to be very quiet and once spoken to or acknowledged
instantly disappears before your very eyes.
The majestic grand
LaLaurie House, is located at 1140 Royal Street
New Orleans, Louisiana. There is, indeed, a long
and sorted dark grim history associated with the
large old mansion, and it is all traced back to
the most evil " Devil Woman" whoever lived
of the Old French Quarter, Madame Delphine LaLaurie
So often called the
Most Haunted House in New Orleans and America by
many locals and tourist alike, many stories of it's
past hauntings still circulate. But new ones are
on the rise more and more cropping up every day.
One local ghost hunter says that since hurricane
Katrina devastated the city many of the haunting's
are now more active then ever. Especially these
of this popular most haunted spot.
The Lalaurie House
is a real place, though it is now luxury apartments.
Whatever was haunting it seems to have never left,
as there is now surfacing recent reports of new
disturbances, ghost sightings and many new ghost
photos. A recent visitor to New Orleans told of
her encounter with a period costume dressed elegant
lady atop the royal street balcony." I was
glancing up I asked her might I take her photo."
" I was thinking to myself how nice it was
to see a lady in a long old fashioned 1900's period
dress." "I snapped the photo, said Jean
Mason and then looked up and she was gone."
"The photo in question showed only the empty
wrought iron balcony and no one in the photo even
though I spied her in the view finder."
Although most of the current tenants
always refuse to talk about the actual goings-on
in the Lalaurie house, there are still worried glances
and tight lips when tour groups go by or would be
ghost hunters rush upon a resident to question them.
Ryan Colman was on a late night
time Haunted walking tour of the French Quarter.
He had taken the tour full well knowing that the
Lalaurie house was part of the haunted places they
would stop. And he wanted to see what info the tour
guide had, as well as see what others in the crowd
would say or experience when the notorious real
haunted house was in prominent view.
"As our well spoken tour
guide told the Lalaurie ghost story the nine of
us in the intimate tour group all looked up to see
a pale lady dressed in a long black floor length
1800's style dress." We all were thinking this
was part of the tour's ghost experience, a few of
us waved and I personally shouted up." "
Please smile so we can take your picture."
Well, she just nodded. The tour guide said aloud
distracting us making us all look at him at once
asking me "Who are you talking to! " "
I then looked up as did the others and she was just
gone in the blink of an eye!"
Most recently the owner of the
house was in the midst of renovating the kitchen
when he found a pit full of human bones beneath
the wooden floor. The investigating officials stated
that the bones were relatively recent in origin,
just old enough that everyone knew who put them
there. The owner had stumbled across Madame LaLaurie's
secret private graveyard.
Although it is known that Delphine
murdered quite a few people, an accurate account
has never been made as records of how many slaves
were owned at the time are sparse. The discovery
of the hidden burial pit does raise the deep question
of how many lost souls had suffered under her evil
dark hellish devil woman ways.
The haunted French
Empire house of Madame Lalaurie. French Architect
Pierre Edouard Trastour. Madame Lalaurie used the
house of horror to torture, murder and ghastly scientific
experimentation on her own hidden in the attic slaves.
In 1834 her elderly cook set the house on fire to
end the horrific satanic devil woman's secret ordeals
and actions. When New Orleans firefighters and towns
people arrived they too soon discovered the tortured
manacled starved slaves chained and dying in the
tall attic, a angry mob of people ransacked the
great Lalaurie house from top to bottom forcing
the Lalaurie's hidden atrocities into the light
of day. Lalaurie and her Husband were forced to
flee the city and fade into eternities obscurity.
But the actual ghost and hauntings began the day
the Lalaurie house died. At first in hushed tones,
they grey louder then faded, Again the hushed tones
have resurfaced and in truth have never ended to
this very day!
story originally appeared in The Times-Picayune
on Jan. 28, 1941. It is reprinted in its entirety.
of 'Haunted' House Owner Found Here
and cracked by time, the copper plate bore the inscription:
"Madame Lalaurie, nee Marie Delphine Maccarthy,
decedee a Paris, le' 7 decembre, 1842, a l'age de
6 --. "
Marble Cutter's Discovery Starts New Talk of Madame
Legends of New Orleans' famed
"haunted house" at 1140 Royal Street,
which since 1873 has served as a refuge for homeless
men and boys, were revived Monday with the announcement
of the "discovery" of an epitaph-plate
of one of the former owners of the residence.
The plate was discovered by Eugene
Backes, 53-year-old marble cutter, four or five
years ago in the No. 4 alley of St. Louis cemetery
No. 1, where he served as sexton from March, 1923
to January, 1924.
Backes, who is engaged in polishing, grinding and
cutting stones at his little shop at 807 St. Peter
Street, decided to delve into the conflicting history
of the "haunted house," which is now known
as the Warrington House, and of Madame Lalaurie,
its early mistress.
Historians are in conflict over
the story of Madame Lalaurie and her once-imposing
residence at 1140 Royal Street, but, they are agreed
that she fled the mansion on April 10, 1834, after
a fire swept the building and led neighbors to discoveries
in the slave quarters.
Newspapers of the day pictured,
rightly or not, the Lalaurie slaves, chained in
the cubby-holes as tortured and half-starved creatures
and the mistress of the mansion. Newspapers reported
that she and her husband went by carriage to Lake
Pontchartrain, boarded a sloop at Bayou St. John,
deposited gold with the captain, and sailed for
There is disagreement whether
Madame Lalaurie sailed for France from Mobile or
New York; and another school of thought maintains
that Madame Lalaurie never left New Orleans, that
she died and was buried here.
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They are agreed, however, that
she was born Marie Delphine, daughter of Louis Barthelemy
Chevalier de Maccarthy, whose name was later simplified
to Macarty, and then on June 11, 1800, she was married
to Don Ramon de Lopez y Angulo.
Her first husband died on March
26, 1804, at Havana, Cuba, and she married in 1808
to Jean Blanque, who died in 1816. Madame Lopez-Blanque
on June 12, 1825, became the wife of Dr. Leonard
Stanley Arthur, president of the
board of curators of the Louisiana State Museum,
is staunch in his support of Madame Lalaurie.
"I have always thought,"
he said, "that Madame Lalaurie was the first
victim of yellow journalism. There is nothing in
the record to indicate that she was the type of
a woman pictured by them. One must remember that
there was much social jealousy in those days, and
that Madame Lalaurie occupied an enviable position
He revealed that he had found
a record of Madame Lalaurie granting permission
for the emancipation of a slave in the early 1830s,
which contradicts the tales of her cruelty.
Mrs. L.R. DeBuys, 1417 Delachaise
Street, whose husband is a fifth descendant of Madame
Lalaurie, concurs with Mr. Arthur and believes that
the mistress of the "haunted house" has
been unjustly accused and mercilessly victimized;
and Mrs. Debuys intends to prove it through exhaustive
search of the records. The family had long known
of Madame Lalaurie's burial place here, she said.
But to passengers in the sight-seeing
busses, the mansion will still be pointed out as
the "haunted house," where the ghost of
tortured slaves walk the halls at night.
1140 Royal Street
In the 1830s, Madame Delphine Macarty LaLaurie,
a member of the social elite and wife of respected
physician Leonard Lewis Nicholas LaLaurie, had a
reputation for throwing wonderful parties. Her reputation--her
good reputation, anyway--ended on April 10, 1834
when a fire broke out in the mansion's kitchen.
When firemen arrived and found a barred door in
the mansion's attic, they entered the room and were
horrified by what they saw. Slaves were around the
room, some tied down, others hung, and still others
put in cages. They were the victims of sickening
"medical experiments"--their bones were
broken and reset at strange angles, some had limbs
amputated, and others had skin grafts; any number
of grotesqueries. Not long after the fire, the LaLauries
barely escaped a lynch mob that set out to kill
them. Rumor has it they either moved to northern
Louisiana or abroad to France. In any case, they
were never seen again.
According to accounts of the time,
Mme. Lalaurie was whipping a young slave girl when
the girl escaped and ran upstairs and out on the
balcony. Seeing Mme. Lalaurie approach, the girl
fell or jumped to her death in the courtyard below.
Most often the grisly sceane is reacted by their
ghostly apparitions in full daylight hours!
The story, at horrible as it is,
does not end there. In the late 1800s, workmen found
several human skeletons hidden under floorboards.
Many people have reported various, sometimes terrifying
supernatural phenomena as well, including the sounds
of beatings. A century ago, when the mansion was
a boarding house, a man encountered a naked and
shackled black man--a man that disappeared when
touched. Madame LaLaurie herself has been reported
peering into a baby's crib, but this is by far her
most benevolent visitation. In the late nineteenth
century, a black servant was woken from his sleep,
strangled by the translucent blue spirit of Madame
LaLaurie, only to be barely saved by a pair of similarly
ghostly African-American hands.
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