Early life Delphine Macarty was born around 1775, one of five children. Her family had moved from Ireland to the then-Spanish-owned Louisiana a generation before her, and she was only the second generation to be born in America. While their guests were distracted by the hellish scene unfolding on the street, Delphine and Louis slipped back into the home and locked themselves inside. Like some Lovecraftian god, she was and is terrifying because she was a living fossil—an unabashed emanation of a particularly barbaric form of slavery that was briefly common in parts of Louisiana. It takes a long time to research some of the haunted locations we visit on our Ghost Tours. George Washington Cable recounted in 1888 a then-popular but unsubstantiated story that LaLaurie had died in France in a boar-hunting accident. In 1831, she bought property at 1140 Royal Street, which she managed in her own name with little involvement of her husband.
So, to see that someone has done this in New Orleans is not surprising at all. An outraged mob attacked the mansion and Madame flew away to France following the incident. When the fire department arrived, they discovered an elderly slave woman bound in heavy chains to the hearth in the kitchen. It is located at 1140 Royal Street. After Delphine LaLaurie married her third husband, Louis LaLaurie, and moved into his estate on Royal Street, she immediately took control of the large number of slaves used as servants. We have many plans and enthusiasm to keep expanding and making Murderpedia a better site, but we really need your help for this. Here at , we pride ourselves on being a ghost tour company that actually takes the time to find out the truth about ghost stories and hauntings.
Her daughter claimed to have received letters from her, though no one had ever seen them. LaLaurie tried to cover up the incident, but police found the body hidden in a well. He knocked up the richer LaLaurie, then married her after their child was born in 1826. Luisiana, as it was spelled in Spanish, had become a Spanish colony in the 1760s after France was defeated by Great Britain in the Seven Years War. Forced to flee the city, her guilt was unquestioned, and tales of her actions have become increasingly fanciful and grotesque over the decades.
When their muffled moans and the clanking of their chains were heard, the noise was assumed to be ghosts. Unusually, it casts doubts on whether she tortured the slaves. We would like to give our readers a fair warning: the stories you are about to read are graphic in nature and are not for the faint of heart. The turn of the last century saw dozens of horrific tales become associated with the mansion. Many accounts set the year of her death at 1842, but she may have lived as late as 1849. Her mother Marie-Jeanne was a French woman and the family lived in the White Creole Community in New Orleans. However, soon rumors began to spread that the politeness exhibited in public may have been an act.
When they finally got past the resistant Madame LaLaurie, they forced the door open and proceeded to the attic to check for any new sources of fire or even embers that could still set the home ablaze. These nine slaves were then bought back by the LaLauries through the intermediary of one of their relatives, and returned to the Royal Street residences. This same figure is reported by passersby on the streets below, seeming to stare right through them as they walk by. The house was filled to the brim with revelers. For the next four years, Madame lived comfortably in her mansion in New Orleans and in 1808 she got married for the second time to Jean Blanque. Classification: Murderer Characteristics: Known for her involvement in the torture and murder of black slaves Number of victims: Several Date of murder: 1831 - 1834 Date of birth: c. Some accounts say that her mother and others her father was murdered by a slave, while others hold that her uncle was killed by his slaves shortly before she was born.
Early life and family history Marie Delphine Macarty was born in New Orleans on March 19, 1787, as one of five children. LaLaurie was certainly a monster, but she was probably not insane, or even incredibly unusual for her time. But it was purchased and, at some point prior to 1888, it was restored. Being a very beautiful young woman, it was not difficult for her to find a suitable groom. A fire broke out in her mansion in April 1834 and upon investigation, seven slaves were found in her attics. In the 1850s, the mansion was refurbished, but it would never shake the curse of the events that had transfixed the city of New Orleans. This is why what we do here at Ghost City Tours is so important.
Elizabeth Bathory, Countess in Hungary in the 1500's. The family name was later shortened to Macarty. LaLaurie gentle and sweet, and her younger husband a well-known and respected doctor. Over the following decades, it was used as a public high school, a conservatory of music, an apartment building, a refuge for young delinquents, a bar, a furniture store, and a luxury apartment building. The LaLaurie Mansion at night.
Most historians agree that sometime before the horrific day, Delphine, brandishing a whip, chased a slave girl off the roof of her mansion, with the child falling to her death. Delphine married her third husband, physician Leonard Louis Nicolas LaLaurie, who was much younger than she, on June 25, 1825. Whatever the truth, in the late 1930s, Eugene Backes, who served as sexton to St. It would become the repository of all the worst that humans could imagine other humans capable of. She became known among the American elite society for being the alleged murderer and insane torturer of several slaves that she owned. Document Excerpt - Slaves Unclear if purchasing or selling Felix de Armas Notary Public April - May 1831 Acts 203-441 Inc.
Wikimedia Commons The LaLaurie mansion in 2009. It is reportedly on the market again for those interested in purchasing it. First, that the group of locals found the slaves in the attic. Little is known of the rest of her life, but Delphine is believed to have fled to Paris, where she lived the remainder of her days. Document Excerpt - Sale of Land, Marriage Contract Felix de Armas Notary Public March - April 1828 Acts 252-502 Inc. The later claim is further concreted with the fact that there is grave in St. First marriage and death of husband On June 11, 1800, Marie Delphine Macarty married Don Ramón de Lopez y Angulo, a Caballero de la Royal de Carlos, a high-ranking Spanish royal officer, at the Saint Louis Cathedral in New Orleans.