Madame Delphine LaLaurie: 10 Things You'll Learn About Her in New Orleans

Reliable information about Delphine LaLaurie is not so easy to find as she is one of the most mysterious figures in history. It is known that Delphine LaLaurie was born around 1775. Her family belonged to the upper strata of New Orleans society, so from childhood she was used to a luxurious life 0f balls and receptions. Delphine’s parents died during the slave uprising in Haiti, which, perhaps, caused her hatred of black slaves.

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Madame Delphine LaLaurie - a rich socialite turned out to be also ruthless racist, tormenting black slaves. She was extraordinarily cruel to her slaves, however exactly what occurred is still disputed. So let us discover some interesting facts about this mystic personage that will definitely shock you.

10 Hospitable Mistress Or Cruel Slave Owner?

However, soon the flawless image of Madame Lalaurie began to crumble: the neighbors began to notice that her servants looked frazzled and exhausted. Writer Harriet Martino, claimed that Delphine’s neighbors witnessed the suicide of one of her handmaids: Madame LaLaurie chased her with a whip and the girl preferred to jump from the third floor than to fall into the hands of the angry mistress. The reason for this chase was that she accidentally pulled a tangle while brushing Madame’s hair.

9 Suspicions of Neighbors and Madame LaLaurie’s Tricks

Rumors began to gradually subside, but after the incident with the young maid, the attitude of the townspeople towards Delphine changed - many guests no longer accepted invitations to social receptions in her house.

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8 Big Punishments for Small Sins

The situation was aggravated by the fact that servants often disappeared from the LaLaurie house, and the owners never wrote statements about the loss. The townspeople began to whisper that the mistress had created a torture chamber in the attic of the house, where black servants went for the slightest misconduct and never returned from there.

Rumors about slaves going missing spread throughout New Orleans society, more so amongst other domestic workers. This version also fit the tragedy that occurred with the young maid, who threw herself off of the balcony, who, apparently, was terribly afraid to go to the attic, which meant one thing - painful torture and death.

7 Fire in a Damned House

While fighting the flames firefighters and neighbors wanted to check the servants quarters to make sure that everyone was safe from the fire. However, the LaLaurie couple unexpectedly refused to produce the keys to the building, and they were forced to break down the door. Delphine’s husband said it’s better for some people to stay at home rather than stick their nose in the privacy of others.

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6 So, What Did Outsiders Find?

The story was surrounded by terrible details - people said that they saw with their own eyes the gutted bodies of the victims, beaten, bruised, and bloodied, seized internal organs and cut off limbs that were stored in the attic, as well as the corpses of slaves over whom monstrous medical experiments were made. Witnesses also claimed that instruments of torture were found in the room: collars with spikes, squeezing the victim’s neck, shackles, and chains.

5 Panic in the City and the Escape of Madame LaLaurie

According to one version, she and her husband settled in Paris, where she is said to have died in a hunting accident. According to another, Delphine changed her name, made other documents and moved back to Louisiana. One way or another, her trail here ended, and the world will never know the truth about where the New Orleans Devil spent the rest of her life.

4 Was it All True, Or is it just a Bright Fantasy of Local People?

However, in the event that victims of torture and experiments were actually found in the Delphine’s house, it would obviously not have been possible to get away with a fine, even if there were such extensive connections as LaLaurie had.

3 Bad house

2 Attraction for Tourists

Tourists are happy to visit the cursed house, hoping to tickle their nerves with stories of a terrible slave owner from New Orleans. Although it is not the original home, stories of ghosts and restless spirits continue to ‘haunt’ the location.

1 The Image of Madame LaLaurie in Popular Culture

Also, the cinematic Madame LaLaurie mocked not only her slaves, but her own daughters who were also tortured and punished, which made a big impression on the fans of the series and it created an interest towards one of the most violent women in the United States.

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