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Madame Lalaurie: The house made her do it

By | The Times-Picayune

New Orleans is home to any number of ghost stories and ghastly tales. Few, however, are more ghastly than that of Madame Lalaurie, the French Quarter socialite who was literally chased out of town by a mob in 1832 when -- after firefighters responded to a blaze at her French Quarter home -- a number of slaves were found chained in her attic, many showing signs of having been tortured over a long period of time. That’s just the start of the story of Madame Lalaurie, who was portrayed by Kathy Bates in the FX TV series “American Crime Story.” We speak with local voodoo priestess and tour guide, Bloody Mary, about the legend and the dark allure of her namesake mansion, which still stands today (and which was once owned by -- waaaait for it -- Nicolas Cage). Many thanks to the following musicians for their songs, which are featured in this episode: Aakash Gandhi, "Forest of Fear" The Whole Other, "Beyond the lows" Letter Box, "Far the days come" Puddle of Infinity, "They might not" Jimmy Fontanez, "Our French Cafe" Dan Bodan, "Leoforos Alexandras" Doug Maxwell, "Lost in the forest" Jingle Punks, "Back of the room hang" Silent Partner, "Mast" & "Ether" & "Court and Page"

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