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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.

Newspaper Article

The East Martells Museum, Key West, Florida

A doll that was once owned by Key West painter and author Robert Eugene Otto. It is allegedly cursed and is a feature in the Fort East Martello Museum. He resembles an early 20th century American Naval Officer. The doll’s hair is not made from human hair, it’s made from a synthetic material, but that’s another lovely rumour.

Eugene got the doll from a black slave, the slave was displeased with the family and at first the parents thought he was talking to the doll and then answering in a pretend voice. However the doll may have actually been speaking.

Neighbours claimed to have seen it move from window to window when people were out. In the night Eugene would scream and his parents would run in to find furniture changed around or knocked over. The child was adamant that the doll had done it.

When Eugene died in 1974 the doll was left in the attic, a new family with a ten year old girl became Robert’s new owner. It wasn’t long before she began to report a similar story and 30 years later maintains that the doll was alive and wanted to kill her.

If you go to visit Robert and want to take a picture you need to be sure to ask him first. If he does not agree his head tips to one side, if you should still take a picture the doll will curse you and your family. Don’t say I haven’t warned you!