Marie Delphine Lalaurie, 1775-1842 is a famous name because of her torture of black slaves. She married three times in her life and was a prominent socialite with lavish parties.

The couple (Doctor Lalaurie and Delphine) had their atrocities brought to light when a fire broke out at their home April 10th 1834. A room was found with horrifically mutilated slaves and news went around New Orleans bringing an angry mob that sacked the house. It is thought she fled to Paris where she then lived out the remainder of her life.

How much has been exaggerated over time is not possible to say but there were reports of male and female slaves bound to operating tables, and some in cages alongside body parts and heads on the floor.

Numerous reports have been made (and I am sure still are) about ghostly screams, ghostly images of slaves and even reports of Madame Lalaurie being seen herself.

In the 1930’s the building was converted into apartments and the workmen found 16 skeletons, the victims of Delphine, the owner then marketed it as a Haunted Saloon. Then later it was a furniture store but was closed as the owned reported the furniture would be ruined by a dark inexplicable stinking liquid. He waited there one night to try and catch the vandals, they never showed up but the furniture suffered as well.

As of 2012 the mansion remains standing and is a popular spot on the ghost tours.

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