Often when we look at grand, majestic mansions we are filled with envy and thoughts of “Wouldn’t it be wonderful to live there?” Yet with these following huge homes – you soon won’t feel jealous anymore after discovering exactly what happened behind closed doors…
8. Madame LaLaurie Mansion
In the French Quarter of New Orleans stands the Royal Street mansion that was once home to Madame Marie Delphine LaLaurie. Born in 1780, Madame LaLaurie was a socialite and serial killer known for torturing and killing her house slaves. Most recently Kathy Bates portrayed her in the American Horror Story: Coven series.
On April 10th, 1834, local police responded to a house fire at the mansion. When the fire marshals arrived they found a 70-year-old woman chained to the stove by her ankles – she confessed to starting the fire so she could avoid being taken upstairs to an attic room nobody returned from.
When this room was investigated, they found “seven slaves, more or less horribly mutilated … suspended by the neck, with their limbs apparently stretched and torn from one extremity to the other.” Some had been left hanging in the prison for months.
Judge Jean-Francois Canonge entered the home and found a “black woman wearing an iron collar” and “an old black woman who had received a very deep wound on her head (who was) too weak to be able to walk.” When Madame LaLaurie was questioned about the slaves she had tortured and killed, she scoffed: “Some people had better stay at home rather than come to others’ houses to dictate laws and meddle with other people’s business.”
After digging in the yard, authorities found more bodies including some of children. An angry mob descended on the house – demolishing everything they could lay their hands on. Madame LaLaurie had to flee with her family to France to avoid being killed by locals who wanted her blood. The house remained in ruins from the mob until 1888 when it restored.
In April 2007, actor Nicolas Cage bought the house for $3.45 million. Then in 2009, the property was listed for auction as a result of bank foreclosure and purchased by Regions Financial Corporation for $2.3 million.