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Behind Every Cloud is a Kindred Spirit (BECKS)I lost my grandfather when I was 17. I had a VERY difficult time getting over it. How could I still communicate with him? I loved him so much I didn't think I could live without him. I read everything I could get my hands on to do with the "afterlife" and that started it all...the love of Ghost Hunting and the Paranormal. I have been researching the paranormal for over 37 years!! It is my way of staying in touch with my grandfather. Being a Ghost Hunter is not always as exciting as it seems on TV. Many nights I have sat in the dark and not a thing happened. BUT it is those times you DO get that one voice, that one explainable picture or have an experience that sends chills down your back that makes it sooo worth it all!!! My purpose of this blog is not to make people believe in ghosts but maybe to open their minds just a little bit... I LOVE this crazy thing called Ghost Hunting. It is as much a part of me as breathing. I am just a girl that refuses to accept we can't still contact our loved ones after they die. My grandfather won't let me.



Three-storey rectangular building

                                                               The Lalaurie mansion,
                                                              New Orleans, Louisiana
This is ONE house you will be GLAD that the kidos' didn't go to the door for candy!

The presumed epitome of high society, Lalaurie Delphine, owner of the Lalaurie mansion on Royal Street, in New Orleans was reputed to have an evil side.  But it was her cook who would finally put an end to her cruel ways.  Chained to the kitchen floor, the cook started a fire, attracting the attention of the local fire department.

When help arrived, they were horrified with what they found.  The firefighters discovered punishment rooms with victims of macabre treatment still chained inside, barely alive.  For her own amusement Lalaurie had cut off ears and various body parts of her slaves!   Some poor souls were disemboweled.  Others had their eyes and mouths sewn shut!!!  The 1834 fire had found
male slaves, stark naked, chained to the wall, their eyes gouged out, their fingernails pulled off by the roots; others had their joints skinned and festering, great holes in their buttocks where the flesh had been sliced away, their ears hanging by shreds, their lips sewn together ... Intestines were pulled out and knotted around naked waists. There were holes in skulls, where a rough stick had been inserted to stir the brains. DeLavigne did not directly cite any sources for these claims, and they were not supported by the primary sources.  Can you imagine WHAT kind of person does this sort of stuff just for shear pleasure!  With the discovery of her cruelty and torture, Lalaurie was forced to flee New Orleans.

In the years since, during renovations, workers have discovered numerous skeletal remains in the mansion's floors and walls.  And these poor slaves that perished at the hands of Delphine still haunt the mansion even today!!!  The clanking of chains being dragged down the steps has been heard.  Agonizing screams and groans radiate from the attic.  And one visitor of the mansion awoke to find hands encircling his throat!  He claims that while he was being strangled the spirit of a black woman appeared and came to his rescue.  His protector removed the offender's hands and them both spirits disappeared. 

The haunting, it seems, is not confined solely within the mansion's walls.  Passerby of this three story mansion's have witnessed a young black girl jump to her death!  Sadly, she is believed to be the ghost of a slave who escaped her chains, choosing to end her life before her insane mistress could end it for her.

Now, some people say "there is no evil in this world".  Are you kidding me????  Could this lady have been any more "evil"???  This is the part about being a ghost hunter that is hard sometimes.  You read stories and do research and find out that THESE kinds of people really existed and I'm sure still do.  It breaks my heart to know someone would treat another human being this way.  Ok....moving on....if you guys have any COOL pictures of this place or had any experiences here, please write me.  I would love to hear about them.


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