The Lalaurie Haunted House

The Lalaurie Haunted House

We first covered the Lalaurie haunted house in an article named Louisiana Haunted Houses back in March, 2016. It’s such an interesting (and disturbing) subject, we thought it deserved an article all of it’s own…


The Lalaurie House Story

The house was built in the early 1830’s on the famous ‘Royal Street’, in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. It’s a strikingly beautiful property but it is often referred to as ‘the most haunted building in New Orleans’.

Over the years there have been numerous reports of ghostly cries of children, as if they are playing outside in the courtyard, and dark screams of pain from inside the house. There have also been incidents of visitors hearing the sound of chains been dragged down the upper stairway.

Numerous paranormal apparitions have also been spotted – the most famous being that of the house’s previous owner, Delphine LaLaurie


The Madame Delphine Lalaurie House

Born to Irish parents in 1775, Delphine Macarty grew up to be a prominent and extremely good looking woman. She ended up being married a total of three times – her last husband being a physician named Leonard LaLaurie (whom she married in 1825).

The Madame Delphine Lalaurie House

As soon as they got married they purchased a plot of land and a small building at 1140 Royal Street, which they quickly converted into an impressive three-leveled mansion.

Before long the married couple were looked upon as extremely fashionable and prominent citizens of the area – they were invited to all the ‘big cheese’ gatherings.

Like many other families with status back then – the LaLauries owned a handful of slaves…but locals noticed that these slaves seemed to be completely neglected most of the time.

Rumors started to circulate, but Delphine LaLaurie was good at covering her tracks in public.

Eventually a neighbor spotted her chasing an eleven-year-old slave girl around the back courtyard with a whip. She was apparently in a rage and the young girl had to climb up onto the building’s roof to escape a beating.

Unfortunately, she lost her footing and fell to her death.

The LaLauries were unable to escape punishment, even after they hastily buried the child’s body on their grounds – they were found guilty of cruelty, and had to forfeit nine slaves.


Murder and Mutiliation

The cruelty to the remaining slaves continued, but nobody realized how bad things had got…until a female slave set fire to the main property’s kitchen on April the 10th, 1834.

This slave had been informed she was going to be taken to the ‘uppermost room’ – a place where slaves seemed to disappear. In her fear she set the fire to attract the authorities…and it worked.

Murder and Mutiliation

When the fire was raging, locals ran into the house to see if they could help get everyone out. Delphine told them they were not to go in the locked slave quarters.

Of course, the locals ignored her orders – they didn’t want to have to hear the screams of slaves burning behind a locked door!

When they eventually managed to break through the locked door, they found themselves in a scene of pure horror.

Slaves were in various positions of torture, with hyper extended limbs and snapped joints, hung up in various positions…most were still alive.

Worse was to come…in the uppermost room…

Male slaves were chained to walls after having their eyes gouged out, some had been skinned, others had no fingernails…and a handful of female slaves were found with their mouths sewn shut.

It was a complete mess.

The newspapers at the time were instructed to ‘water down’ the findings within the house – authorities did not believe that the public could handle such a wicked and twisted scene.


Escape!

The LaLauries managed to flee the local mobs in time, living out the remainder of their lives in Paris, were Delphine is believed to have died in December 1842.

The house was completely ransacked by the local law, who found several more bodies in the courtyard (two of which were children).

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the Lalaurie haunted house, please leave them in the comment section below.

Louisiana Haunted Houses

Louisiana Haunted Houses

If you are looking for the most terrifying Louisiana haunted houses, look no further! Rich in Southern hospitality and history, Louisiana is also home of some of the most historical hauntings.

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There is no place in the French Quarter more infamous than the ghastly Lalaurie House. Former residence to the affluential and social elite couple, Dr. Louis and Delphine Lalaurie.

The three-story mansion was discovered to be home to more than the wealthy family, but also abused and mutilated slaves.

After a fire was started in 1834 by the cook, whom had been chained by her ankle to the stove, Louisiana police and fire marshals discovered unmarked graves on the grounds and evidence of long-term mistreatment and torture of slaves including amputation, brutal assault, and swapping sexual organs.

The fire-started admitted to authorities that the effort was a suicide attempt to avoid being taken to the attic, where no one returns from.

The chamber of death in the uppermost room of the mansion hid the horrors by the cold and cruel Madame Lalaurie and her husband from society during their lavish parties.

Since the unearthing, stories of the torture include fingernails removed, open wounds, broken limbs, eyes gauged out, mouths sown shut and hands stitch to various body parts.

Reports of paranormal activity began as soon as the Lalauries fled from the outraged locals.

Many claim to hear screams of agony and images of slaves from the street. Vagrants that sought refuge in the building have never been seen again.

Despite the house having many owners over the last 150 years and being used as a music conservatory, a school for black children, and affordable housing in the 1890’s, none has held onto the property for long in fear of what lurks in the unseen.

The Myrtles Plantation

The Myrtles Plantation is one of America’s most haunted homes with multiple ghosts. One of the most famous of these is Chloe, a slave forced into a relationship by her owner that poisoned a portion of the family in revenge, was photographed by The National Geographic Explorer film crew and other various photographers.

Sara Woodruff, the wife of the plantation owner poisoned by Chloe, and her children’s spirits are believed to be trapped in one of the house’s mirror that was left uncovered after their death.

Although there are reports of over 50 murders, only the murder of William Drew Winter has been documented.

Winter, an attorney living at the plantation in the late 1865’s, was shot by a stranger outside of the home, staggered in and died attempting to climb the stairs.

To this day, visitors still here the dying man’s footsteps reach the 17th step.

The plantation is also said to be built on top of an Indian burial ground and the ghost of a young Native American woman has been testified by people.

The legends of Myrtles Plantation incorporate Louisiana’s voodoo origins for a frightfully good time!

Lafitte’s Guest House

Another of the Big Easy haunted horrors can be found at the Lafitte’s Guest House on famous Bourbon Street. Originally a Charity Hospital in 1793, the building has seen many restorations including personal residences and hotel.

Manifestations of former residents have been reported over the years including sights and sounds. In Room 21, the most haunted area according to the hotel, sounds of a woman sobbing for her little girl, who died of yellow fever, can be heard.

Her feelings of sorrow and despair can be felt by visitors who enter the room and some have reported communication with the female entity.

Her daughter, Marie, also visits and communicates with children of guests and has appeared in the mirror outside of the ill-reputed room.

Though the young girl appears to be between the ages of eight and ten, but the youngest paranormal entity at the Lafitte’s Guest House is the sound of an infant crying throughout the mansion.

Real Louisiana Haunted Houses

The history of Voodoo in areas like Baton Rouge and New Orleans strengthen the paranormal pull in the state. In fact, Louisiana haunted houses have some of the strongest paranormal activity in America.

Auditory and visual manifestations can be heard and seen by visitors at many sites, as well as physical documentation via photographs.

Louisiana’s land and historical buildings like St. Louis Cemetery, Hangman’s Tree, and New Orleans’ Witches Circle are full of Voodoo stories and spirits.

The Myrtles Plantation Ghosts

The Myrtles Plantation Ghosts

The legend of Myrtles Plantation ghosts has grown stronger and stronger with time. If you have ever been interested in ghost stories and haunted places, you would definitely have heard about Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana.

Considered to be one of the most haunted buildings in America, Myrtles Plantation is a bed and breakfast hotel today, and has been and continues to be the testing ground for scores of ghost hunters.

Some estimations claim that Myrtles Plantation houses at least 12 ghosts, and it is said that there have been 10 murders in the house.

Well nobody questions the genuinity of the claim that the house is haunted, only a handful of stories behind its ghosts are backed with facts. Nevertheless, the legends of Myrtles Plantation are as fascinating as the idea of ghosts itself.


The Legend of Chloe

One of the most popular ghosts of Myrtles Plantation is that of Chloe. She is said to have been a slave owned by Clark and Sara Woodruff, but this is not supported by historical reports.

In fact, there are no reports claiming that Woodruff owned any slaves. Nevertheless, many believe that the plantation is haunted by Chloe.

There are two versions to the legend behind Chloe. One is that Clark Woodruff forced her to be his mistress. Second is that she used to listen in on the conversations of Woodruffs through the keyholes.

Either ways, on being caught, the Woodruffs cut off one of her ears. It is said that she used a green turban to cover her cut off ear.

Chloe, in an attempt to take revenge on the Woodruffs, is said to have used boiled and reduced extracts of the poisonous oleander leaves while baking a birthday cake. There are many other contradicting reasons as to why she did this.

Chloe at the Myrtles Plantation?
Paranormal Image of Chloe at the Myrtles Plantation?

Her revenge plan did not go completely as planned as only Sara Woodruff and her two daughters ate the cake, and succumbed to the poison.

Clark and his son did not eat the cake and escaped the fate of the rest of the family. Chloe was then hanged to death. Her body was later thrown into the Mississippi river.

Even to this day, many claim that a woman wearing a green turban haunts the place.


William Winter and The 17 Steps

William Winter and Sarah Stirling married sometime in the second half of the 1860s. The Winter family owned the plantation for over a decade between 1865 and 1880. In 1871, William Winter was shot by a certain E.S. Webber on the porch of the house.

One legend is that, in an attempt to reach his wife, he tried to drag himself up the stairs to the first floor but died on the 17th step. Another legend is that he died in the arms of his wife on the 17th step.

He is said to haunt the plantation even today. He is reportedly seen walking, dragging, or crawling up the stairs and stopping at the 17th step. Employees and visitors claim to hear his dying footsteps.


Indian Burial Ground and Other Stories

The plantation is built on an Indian burial ground, and there are reports of a young Native American woman haunting the house.

Also, Union Soldiers had ransacked the house during the civil war, and three soldiers were supposedly killed in the house.

Indian Burial Ground
Indian Burial Ground

There are weird incidents reported by the residents. It is claimed that a human sized blood stain on one of the walls cannot be cleaned irrespective of what is done. When cleaners have tried to clean it, they have not been able to push their brooms or mops over that area.

One of the weirdest stories from the plantation, even supported by photographs, is the spotting of Sara Woodruff and her daughters on the plantation.

Their spirit is supposedly trapped in one of the mirrors in the house. It is reported that they are all occasionally seen in this mirror, and sometimes even leave hand prints.


10 Murders – Fact or Fiction?

Even though popular belief is that there have been 10 murders in Myrtles Plantation, there is only one officially reported murder that is backed by historical records, and that is of William Winter.

None of the others can be verified through historical records. In fact, factual evidence points towards Sara Woodruff and one of her daughters having died due to yellow fever while her other daughter, Mary Octavia, having died in adulthood instead of as a child.

Irrespective of whether the stories are true or not, there is nothing denying the fact that there are forces at work in Myrtles Plantation that we still do not completely understand. The legend of Myrtles Plantation ghosts is here to stay, and will continue attracting ghost hunters to solve the mystery.