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When I think of spooky or truly authentic sounding places I have to admit New Orlean’s is one of them. I see regular pictures and video’s on the internet. It really needs to be on my list of places to aim for.

Manchac Swamp is near New Orleans and has another nickname, the Swamp of the Ghosts. The swamp was cursed by a an adept of the voodoo cult (not the nice side either) in the 20’s when locals imprisoned her on charges of witchcraft. Three small villages nearby were taken down by a hurricane that came shortly after, adding weight to the theory as far as they were concerned.

Another victim of the weather at the swamp was a cemetery, halfway between Frenier and Ruddock there was St. John the Baptist Parish which had roughly 100 souls buried there.

The Goat Sucker is a famous Cryptid, who is believed to inhabit parts of the America’s. Puerto Rico has the first reported sightings, the name comes from he creatures habit of drinking the blood of livestock animals. The descriptions vary but it is supposedly a heavy set creature the size of a small bear with quills from the neck to tail. Sightings are usually not supported with any evidence and those that have are largely disproved as canid’s with mange.

A report, presumed the first. was made in Puerto Rico in 1995 where 8 sheep were found dead. They had three puncture wounds to the chest and were drained of blood. In 1975 a rather similar thing had been reported but had been attributed to the Vampire of Moca instead.

Many of the reports have turned out to be coyote with mange, one such case was August 2007 in Cuero, Texas, where Phylis Canion lost nearly 30 chickens. She brought the thing to light and it was tested, it was found to be a gray fox with extreme mange.

A similar legend from New Orleans concerns a lovers lane, location Grunch Road. It is said to be inhabited by Grunches who bear a similar resemblance to the chupacabre.

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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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