LaLaurie - a Socialite, a Doctor & a Mansion
A grisly tale of wealth, slavery and unfathomable cruelty
Located at 1140 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA, the LaLaurie Mansion has been considered the most haunted and the most frightening location in the French Quarter for more than 175 years. It was there that during one of many lavish parties, a fire broke out and subsequently revealed that behind its stately facade, the LaLaurie Mansion was truly a house of horrors.
More than a ghost story, the LaLaurie account is part crime story, part supernatural thriller as well as a historical reflection of 19th century New Orleans and its wealthy elite, its citizens and its slaves.
Read on to learn more about the gruesome tale of the wealthy, prominent socialite who hid her dark side behind the doors of an impressive mansion, elegant social affairs, refined manners and a delicate, beautiful visage. Keep reading and you may just learn what happened to the famous Madame LaLaurie after she narrowly escaped an angry mob that chased her horse drawn carriage into the night.
Delphine LaLaurie was born Marie Delphine Macarty in New Orleans, Louisiana. A privileged child of a wealthy and respected Creole family, Delphine was one of five children of Louis Barthelemy Chevalier de Maccarthy, whose name was later simplified to Macarty and Marie Jeanne Lovable. Even as a little girl, Delphine was known for her exceptional beauty.
Delphine married three times over the course of her life to well-known men in the area. Her first marriage was to Don Ramon de Lopez y Angulo on June 11, 1800. Her first husband died on March 26, 1804, at Havana, Cuba, and she married in 1808 to Jean Blanque, who died in 1816. Madame Lopez-Blanque on June 12, 1825, became the wife of Dr. Leonard Louis Lalaurie.
There was never a hint of scandal about her until she and Dr. Lalaurie moved to the house on Royal street.
American Horror Story Features Madame LaLaurie - Kathy Bates to Portray Madame LaLaurie
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- American Horror Story: Coven: Kathy Bates is Madame Lalaurie
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- American Horror Story: Coven: Kathy Bates is Madame LaLaurie - Zap2it
Zap2it has reported that Kathy Bates is playing Madame LaLaurie on FX.
Mad Madame LaLaurie
Two history buffs, Victoria Cosner Love and Lorelei Shannon, retell the story of Madame LaLaurie based upon extensive research into historical archives that produced news clippings and hand written documents. Their story promises a richer tale that includes: pirates, nobility, royalty, politicians, duels, slave revolts and more.
Kudos for the research that went into this interesting little gem. If you are interested in the mysterious LaLaurie mansion and the people who lived there, this is a nice read.
Little is known about Delphine's third husband, Dr. Leonard Louis Nicolas Lalaurie. The doctor was born in France where he attended medical school before moving to New Orleans. He was often described as "nondescript" or "retiring."
However, there was a hidden dark, even violent side to his personality. By some accounts, Delphine filled charges against him during their marriage, claiming abuse. And, while it is Delphine's name that is forever linked to the atrocities found in the mansion after the fire, who could imagine that he was unaware of these activities?
Also, there is mention that he was quite a bit younger than his society belle wife; however, the only record I could find indicated that he was one year older than she.
They married on June 25, 1825.
The LaLaurie Tale - Three Tellings of the LaLaurie Tale
Haunted New Orleans TV - Parts 1 & 2
The story of the fire, horrors discovered much later during building renovations and the ghostly hauntings still happening today, presented by Haunted History Tour guides: Midian Von Thorne and Andrew Ward.
Scary For Kids This is a narrated presentation.
"The Amateur's Guide to LaLaurie Mansion"
This video features Zach Bales, author of "The Amateur's Guide to Ghost Hunting," retelling the hair-raising legend of New Orleans, Louisiana's infamous haunt, the LaLaurie Mansion.
More on LaLaurie
Who Done It? - She did it. He did it. They both did it.
Who performed the horrific experiments and acts of cruelty on the slaves?
- History of the Lalaurie House
A Chronology of the House The electronic news and information service of New Orleans Net LLC, with the New Orleans Times-Picayune, loveneworleans.com and Advance Publications Internet.
LaLaurie Links - Documentation
- April 11, 1834 Newspaper Story
From the Jefferson Parish Archives, newspaper account of what was found upon entering the LaLaurie Mansion. The story is in the left column.
- Transcript of News Story for April 11, 1834
This is a transcript of the initial local account of the fire at the Royal Street home of Madame Lalaurie. It is reprinted in its entirety and provided for easier reading.
- THE LALAURIE HOUSE
The haunted history of the Lalaurie House is perhaps one of New Orleans' best known ghostly tales... For more than 175 years, and through several generations, the LaLaurie House has been considered to be the most haunted and the most frightening loca
- First Judicial District Court--M
Louisiana. First Judicial District Court (Orleans Parish). Suit Records, 1813-1835 Names Beginning with M Plaintiff and Defendant It appears that Delphine LaLaurie (nee McCarty) sued her spouse.
- Index to Emancipation Petitions
City Archives New Orleans Public Library Louisiana. Parish Court (Orleans Parish) Index to Slave Emancipation Petitions, 1814-1843 Record of Louis LaLaurie and Delphine Macarty petition to emancipate Devince in 1832.
- The Historic New Orleans Collections
The LaLaurie's are mentioned in the papers in the Ste-GÃªme Collection contain correspondence to Henri de Ste-GÃªme and his son Anatole in Bagen, France, from Ste-GÃªme's plantation overseer, Jean Boze (1818-36), and manager, Auvignac Dorville (1818-
Pages 123-132 of the pdf gives a well-annotated thesis on Delphine's story.
A genealogy of Marie Delphine Macarty (c.1775 - c.1842) from Geni.com
What Say You? - Is the LaLaurie Story Fact, Fiction or Something in Between?
The newspaper article pictured above is the actual account of the events of April 10, 1834. It was published in The Bee on April 11, 1834. This article is from the archives of the Jefferson Parish Library and can be found by clicking on the article.
Is the LaLaurie Story Fact, Fiction or Something in Between?
- The L. Souvestre Story
An early "report" of Madame Delphine Lalaurie making an appearance in France after the "Catastrophe of 1834" was printed in the Le Courier des Estates-Unis on December 8, 1838. Written by an L. Souvestre, who cannot be definitively identified, the ar
- In Evil's Footsteps
This story originally appeared in The Times-Picayune on Jan. 28, 1941. It is reprinted in its entirety. Presented by: The electronic news and information service of New Orleans Net LLC, with the New Orleans Times-Picayune, loveneworleans.com and Adv
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