Posts Tagged ‘Louisiana’

An unsolved case from 1950, Paradis, Louisiana in the United States centred around 18 year old Jacquelyn Cadow. She heard wolf whistles outside her bedroom at night, starting in February that year, the home she shared with her mother also suffered an intruder and the incidents were reported to the police but nothing ever came of it.

Cadow would hear the whistles nightly and then they changed to a funeral dirge when she announced her engagement to Herbert Belsom, a State Trooper. Instead of deterring the stranger this escalated the situation and Cadow began to suffer a series of threatening calls. The voice threatened to come to her house and stick a knife in her should she wed Belsom. Her sleep was continuously disturbed by whistling dirges and blood curdling moans.

The local newspapers picked up her story and hundreds of curiosity seekers would pass by to try and catch a sight of the Whistler. I feel quite sure this would not have helped Cadow’s nerves. She finally suffered a collapse when she, her mother and a New Orleans States-Item reporter heard the phantom whistler whilst she was at work. The reporter and Belsom both searched the yard and could find no one.

Again State Police investigations could not turn up anything or anyone to assist in resolving it for her. With shattered nerves the young woman went to stay with her relatives and the stranger followed. When she went to Belsom’s parents the whistler phones her mother back up “tell Jackie I know she’s at Herbert’s house”.

1st October 1950, despite the threats and harassment Cadow and Belsom married, the whistler? He was no where to be found and the events came to a halt. With no more information or threats the Sheriff finally closed the case.

An antebellum plantation sits located in St Francisville, Louisiana, USA and is well known as a haunted hotspot. Possibly this could be down to the rumour of it having been built on an ancient Tunica Indian burial ground (and yes they are always ancient). The house was built in 1796 by General David Bradford he lived alone for several years until he was pardoned by President John Adams, for his role in the Pennsylvania Whiskey Rebellion.

It is said to have at least 12 ghosts, and though it’s said to have been the site of ten murders there has been only one of them confirmed. That is William Winter.

One of the ghosts is Chloe, a slave that was owned by  Mark and Sarah Woodruff, and one story has it that Mark used Chloe as a mistress against her will. Another legend says that one of the two of them found her listening in on their business and cut off her ear for it. From then Chloe wore a green turban on her head to hide this.

Chloe was also said to have baked a cake laced with poison, either to get revenge or to be garnering someone’s favour, but the plan went awry and left on Sara and the children dead. The other slaves then threw her into the Mississippi River. There is not enough evidence to support this actual event, however this does not seem to have stopped the legend that she walks around in a green turban haunting the area.

Another story is that during the civil war the house was ransacked by Union Soldiers and now there is a bloody strain by the entrance on the floor that will not come clean. It is the size of a human, this may or may not have been a rumour that carries on today. Perhaps someone can tell me?

Another rumour has a young girl who died in 1868, after the aid was given by a Voodoo priest. Now it is said that she haunts that room and will try the voodoo on anyone sleeping in that room. To be honest this one makes little sense to me. Perhaps someone could elaborate?

There is also a ghost of a man who walks/staggers up the stairs and stops on the 17th step. Of all the rumours of hauntings this might be the only one linked to an actual verified murder, that of William Winter.

Whatever the truth is the place is now a thriving hotel and offers ghost tours.