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Mad Madame LaLaurie: New Orleans’ Most Famous Murderess
Mad Madame LaLaurie: New Orleans’ Most Famous Murderess
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No ghost tour of New Orleans would be complete without a trip to the LaLaurie Mansion. But what really happened the night of April 10, 1834? And who were the perpetrators of what is often referred to as one of the worst documented crimes against humanity? 

Contemporary publications of the day would not deign to set to print the nature of the events of that fateful night. Most accounts did not even go into detail until some twenty to thirty years later. But indisputably, the discovery of medical atrocities and gruesome abuses at the mansion led to the LaLauries’ ruin and mysterious disappearance, never to set foot in New Orleans again. Or did they? 

Through exhaustive research and historical documentation, Victoria Cosner Love and Lorelai Shannon examine who Mad Madame LaLaurie really was and what could have possibly motivated these crimes, as well as offering theories as to what may have happened to the LaLauries after they fled the city. The oft-repeated ghost tour legend of the French Quarter is thoroughly examined in order to separate fact from fiction. 

No other historians have so concisely set the record straight on one of New Orlean’s most infamous legends and haunted houses.