Haunted – The Sultan’s house – The Gardette/La Prete House/Burgundy St., NOLA

1240 Burgundy Street, New Orleans, LA

The house was constructed in 1836 by a wealthy creole named Jean Baptiste La Prete.  After some of the wealthy creole families began to lose their fortunes later in the century, La Prete was forced to rent out his beautiful home.

His notorious tenant was a Turk who claimed to be a sultan.  The Turk spent his riches redecorating the home, and it soon became his own eastern oasis.  He chained the iron gates and moved in a harem of girls and young boys.  The house was shrouded in secrecy as the sultan apparently didn’t want the people of New Orleans to know what was truly occurring inside it’s walls.  Of course, all the security–blacked out windows and arab guards–caused the place to become the talk of the neighborhood in no time.

The mysterious Turk kept his doings well under wraps until one morning when passersby noticed blood oozing from beneath the gates.  When the authorities didn’t respond quick enough, the neighbors forced their way onto the property.  It was immediately obvious that something horrific had occurred inside the Turk’s fortress.  As the neighbors searched the house, the were greeted by the sight of human limbs scattered about and corpses with no heads.  The Turk himself was found mutilated and burned in the garden out back.

No one knows for sure who committed these atrocities, but residents and visitors alike have seen dark figures in oriental clothing and heard the sounds of torturous screams in the houses halls.  To this day, the vicious crime is still discussed as everyone wonders exactly who put an end to the Turk and the enigmatic way in which he lived.

Hope you enjoyed!  Sleep tight!

Cheers,

Monique O’Connor James

Author of The Keepers, The Watchers, Jamais Vu, Deja Vu, The Mulligan Man, Becoming Jolie & Magia Rising

Coming soon:  Musical Scares and Black Water Bayou

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Rougarou (Loup Garou) – The Cajun Werewolf

 

Here in Louisiana we have our own were-wolf like creature who stalks the swamps.  The Rougarou is a beast who people have described as having the head of a wolf and body of man.  It is believed that if one is bitten by the fiend or even stares into his evil gaze, they will be transformed into this walking nightmare themselves.  The only cure for this ghastly curse is for the victim to keep his condition a secret for a week and a day.  If the individual manages this feat, then both they and the rougarou who attacked them will be freed from the monstrous form.

Legend says that the best way to protect one’s house from the rougarou is to place 13 small objects in all the windows and doors.  Apparently, the creature can only count to twelve and will have to start again becoming so preoccupied that he doesn’t noticed the coming dawn.  Once the morning approaches, he will be forced back into the swamp to hide form the sun.

French Catholics have often used the tale as a caution to young ones who want to break lent, as it is said that anyone who breaks lent for seven years will be turned into a rougarou. (I think I may be in trouble!!!)  How’s that for a reason to eat meat on Fridays?

Hope you enjoyed a little insight into our very own shape-shifting legend.  Here’s a Halloween surprise for all my readers and fans:

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New Orleans is teeming with warring witch clans. Their world goes unnoticed by
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Abandoned and on his own after the deaths of his parents…he’d
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Cheers,

Monique O’Connor James

www.moniqueoconnorjames.com

Author of:  The Keepers, The Watchers, Jamais Vu, Deja Vu, The Mulligan Man, Becoming Jolie & Magia Rising

Coming Soon:  Musical Scares and Black Water Bayou

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Ghost Stories #8 Haunted Baton Rouge (My Home Town!!!)

Highland Road Near Lee Drive –  As a resident of Baton Rouge, I can tell you that Highland Road is beautiful.  Some wealthy residents make their homes on the bluffs and golf courses along this stretch of road.  In the months of September and October, our police stations are inundated with calls about ghostly sightings here.  Injured confederate soldiers hobble along the street during the fall months drawing much attention.  Reports say their injuries are horrific and most have missing limbs and are covered in blood.  (Nope never witnessed it!)

The Spanish Moon – At this nightclub patrons have witnessed beer taps turning on by themselves and plates and glasses flying through the air (and it wasn’t a bar fight).  In the 1920’s the building was used as a makeshift morgue, but it was just over thirty years ago that the place was used as a wino flop-house, and this is the era from which most believe the spirits originated.

The Old State Capitol – Our Old State Capitol Building looks like a castle and is one of my favorite places in the city.  The ghost of “Pierre”, a senator from a by-gone time who died of a heart attack during the discussion of a hot political issue.  Motion sensors set off the alarms in the building and nothing can be found on the security cameras.  He has also been seen in the room where the Senate once met.  Perhaps, he’s only waiting to finish his argument?

 

Old State Penitentiary – This building now houses the headquarters of the Louisiana State Police. What was at one time the execution chamber and morgue is now offices.  Here radios turn on and off and prisoners from the past roam the hallways. (Guess their just happy to get out of their cells.)

 

 

Guaranty Income Life & Broadcasting- The morgue of Baton Rouge General Hospital was once located on the bottom floor of this building.  Now the morgue freezer serves as file storage.  It is said that at night the temperature of the first floor drops several degrees and that the elevators run unmanned.  Security guards refuse to visit the first floor because of the strange noises that can be heard at all hours of the night.

Hope you enjoyed!

Cheers!

Monique O’Connor James

Author of The Keepers – http://www.amazon.com/The-Keepers-ebook/dp/B0054LO9E8/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1331129226&sr=8-6

Jamais Vu – http://www.amazon.com/Jamais-Vu-ebook/dp/B005SG02FE/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2

Deja Vu – http://www.amazon.com/Deja-Vu-ebook/dp/B006X3133G/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2

The Mulligan Man – http://www.amazon.com/The-Mulligan-Man-ebook/dp/B005ES06M0/ref=pd_sim_kstore_3?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2

Coming May 2012 – Becoming Jolie from Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing.

Ghost Stories #7 – The Beauregard-Keyes House/New Orleans

 

This house is located on Chartres Street, in The French Quarter.  Both Confederate General Pierre Gustave Toutant, who ordered the first shot at Ft. Sumter, and Frances Parkinson Keyes, a noted author, resided in this home after its construction in 1826.

Now days, during the day, tourists wander through its rooms where Keyes’ extensive doll collection and many confederate artifacts are kept.  At night however, folks claim to have seen ghostly visitors from eras past.

People clasay that after the tourists leave, the house becomes filled with a supernatural gore-fest that depicts the reenactment of the Battle of Shiloh.  Although, no battles were ever fought on this site, the General did write detailed reports of the horrors he’d witnessed while he lived here.

Apparitions of men with mangled limbs, and injured horses and mules have plagued the house for years, along with the pungent aroma of death. The house also claims a ghost dog and ghost cat who are often seen by the caretakers.  They believe these animals were owned by Keyes during her time in the home.

An Italian family once made the place their residence. They were run out in the middle of the night in a hail of gun fire by unknown assailants.  Since that time, the sounds of parties and moving furniture can be heard throughout the night.

Is it possible that the prior residents have left their imprint on the place?  Why is it that some buildings seem to soak in the stories of their owners while others don’t?

The Beauregard-Keyes house has such a rich history that it is definitely worth a visit the next time you are in New Orleans!

Cheers!

Monique O’Connor James

Author of The Keepers – http://www.amazon.com/The-Keepers-ebook/dp/B0054LO9E8/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1331129226&sr=8-6

Jamais Vu – http://www.amazon.com/Jamais-Vu-ebook/dp/B005SG02FE/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2

Deja Vu – http://www.amazon.com/Deja-Vu-ebook/dp/B006X3133G/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2

The Mulligan Man – http://www.amazon.com/The-Mulligan-Man-ebook/dp/B005ES06M0/ref=pd_sim_kstore_3?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2

Coming May 2012 – Becoming Jolie from Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing.

Ghost Stories #6 – Haunted Schools!

I get a ton of hits on my ghost stories, so ya’ll must be enjoying them!  This week we are talking about haunted schools.  This is just a sampling as there are a ton of haunted campuses across America!  Makes you wonder if high school sucked because of adolescence or if it was the ghosts!

Pleasant Hall – LSU – Louisiana – There have been numerous murders and suicides or at least rumors of such in this formers women’s dorm.  These deaths have spurred ghost sightings and plenty of strange happenings over the years.  The most famous story is of room 312.  The story goes that a young woman shot her boyfriend in the face after an argument, thinking he was dead she ran up to her dorm and killed herself.  According to people who frequent this building, the woman still hangs out in the halls and particularly this room!

Lambertville High School – New Jersey – The school is now abandoned, but was first established in 1854.  It closed in the 1950’s after a fire.  Many brave souls have wandered the halls since the place closed and returned with frightening tales of the supernatural.  Creepy chalkboard art appears in one of the abandoned class rooms.  The screams of a little girl has driven people out of the building along with the sounds of moving furniture and footsteps.  It is said that at exactly midnight, you can hear the laughter of children through-out the school.  Some believe these are the ghosts of the children who were killed in a fire.

Nixon High School – Maryland – The school was built in 1965 and sometime during the 1980’s a teacher who was there preparing for the new school year was repeatedly stabbed to death.  She was later found in the bathroom down the hall.  Students report a presence in the bathroom and slamming doors.  Teachers have said they see the teacher walking the halls in the afternoons after the kids have left for the day.

Northside High School – Indiana – In 1927, despite the warnings of a local indian chief, the  school was built atop an indian burial ground.  People claim this chief still haunts the place warning people of the sacrilege that was committed there.  The apparition of a teenage girl is seen in the gym by dozens of students every year.  A janitor who died in the basement will working is still heard and seen there, and a construction worker who was killed during the collapse of the stage haunts the auditorium.

Nixon High School – Texas – IN the 1970’s a jealous boyfriend decapitated his girlfriend who was on the school’s dance team.  Witnesses have seen her headless spirit wandering the school and hear the sounds of the spurs on her boots.

With all of this activity on our school campuses, it’s a wonder we ever get anything done!  My high school wasn’t haunted that i know of, and I’m pretty grateful because being a teenager was hard enough!

Cheers,

Monique O’Connor James

Author of The Keepers, Jamais Vu, Deja Vu and The Mulligan Man published by Astraea Press

Coming May 2012 – Becoming Jolie from Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing

Ghost Stories #5 – The Haunted Roads and Streets of America

I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of haunted roads. What could be creepier than cruising down the street and seeing an apparition?  Here are a few roads and highways across the country you may want to check out when you’re out on ghost hunting adventures.

Hwy 666 – This highway runs through Utah, Colorado, Arizona & New Mexico.  In 2003, the highway was renamed Route 491, but the name change hasn’t stopped the rumors that this could be the true highway to hell.  People driving along this stretch of road have reported headlights that come up behind them at great speeds.  When the driver pulls over to let the vehicle pass, it vanishes before their eyes.

Some believe the highway was built on indian burial grounds.  Native American tradition teaches that once a medicine man passes away, he can become a skin walker and transform into various animals.  These animals have been known to dart out in front of vehicles, and it is believed they are issuing a warning for the travelers to end their journey on the highway.

Many people have witnessed a pack of dogs deemed the hounds of hell here.  These beasts can run as fast as the vehicles they are chasing and have the power to shred tires.  Perhaps the scariest of all the claims is that people simply disappear on this road, sometimes leaving their cars and belongings behind.

Archer Avenue – Chicago – Archer Avenue runs through the City of Chicago.  it is said that the ghost of a young, blonde girl named Resurrection Mary roams this street near Resurrection Cemetery.  A man once picked the girl up and danced with her all evening before giving her a ride home.  Near the cemetery she darted from his car and disappeared just before the entrance to the graveyard.

 

 

 

Boy Scout Lane – Wisconsin – It is said that in the 1950’s a scout troop was murdered here by their troop leader while on an overnight camping trip.  People who travel this road have seen the ghostly apparitions of bloody children.  Another variation of the story claims that one of the boys dropped a lantern and the boys were burned to death.  Reports of screams and smoke are rampant in this area.

Clinton Road – New Jersey – The story here is that a boy was playing on a bridge and fell over and drowned.  It is said that he will appear if you drop a coin into the water below the bridge.  Some claim he has pushed some visitors over the side of the bridge.

This road also boasts sightings of phantom vehicles, headlights with no car attached, and a ghostly Camaro driven by a blonde girl who reportedly died in a crash on the road.

 

 

Highway 11 – Alabama – Lonnie Stephens was falsely accused of killing his girlfriend.  The real killer was eventually found, but not before Lonnie escaped from a chain gang and was hit by a car trying to hitch a ride along this highway.  His ghost is often seen with arms outstretched pleading for someone to stop and give him a ride.

And of course, you knew i’d have to include a road from my home state!  There are many haunted roads in Louisiana and maybe I’ll dedicate an entire blog to them.

Canal Street – New Orleans, LA – Canal street at City Park Avenue once marked the outer limits of the city.  The most intriguing aspect about this locale is that this is the place where thirteen cemeteries converge.  Just beyond this spot is part of the roadway that used to be The New Basin Canal.  When the Irish and German immigrants who built the canal died during its construction, they were buried right where they fell.

The list of supernatural encounters in this area is long and includes:  spirits of the dead walking hand in hand; disembodied voices who speak to those at a nearby bus stop; the ghost of a young girl who runs directly into oncoming traffic; ghostly funerals that pass through the closed gates of the cemeteries; and many other restless spirits who approach both the locas and tourists.

Have you ever experienced a ghostly apparition along a highway?  Share your story with us!

Cheers,

Monique O’Connor James

Author of:  The Keepers, Jamais Vu, Deja Vu & The Mulligan Man published by Astraea Press.

Coming Summer 2012 – Becoming Jolie from Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing

Ghost Stories #4 Haunted Hotels of New Orleans

New Orleans is full of supernatural encounters and paranormal fun.  Here are a few of the hotels in the area that you may want to visit if you are up for a good spook!

Hotel Provincial – This lovely hotel was once a confederate hospital and has been a hotspot for ghost sightings.  The soldiers still amble through these halls at night, and blood stains appear and then vanish on the walls.  Many guests have encountered apparitions and hear the moans of the ill patients.  Once as the elevator opened in the lobby, the entire hospital was visible to those who witnessed it.  This hotel has the added benefit of being in the heart of the French Quarter.

Bourbon Orleans Hotel  – Also located in the Vieux Carre, the building was once a  convent and ghostly children have been known to play in the halls here.  There is a woman who is sometimes seen in the elevator, and once a man working in the building used profanity on the stairwell and was slapped across the face by an unseen hand.

Hotel Monteleone – This hotel has been investigated by The International Society of Paranormal Research.  During their stay they documented sightings of more than twelve different ghosts.  The elevator often stops on the fourteenth floor and when it opens the ghosts of children can be seen and heard playing in the hall.

Dauphine Orleans Hotel – Once the home of a rich merchant, it was later sold and became a brothel which was frequented by confederate soldiers.  Many guests have seen the ghosts of the women who used to work here, and a dark-haired soldier is often spotted in the courtyard.

Le Pavillion Hotel  – This hotel is one of the most haunted in the City.  Every thing from floating apparitions to ghosts who sit on the beds of guests while they are sleeping has been experienced.  On the third floor, a room smells of the rose perfume worn by the girl said to haunt it.

Lafitte Guest House – Outside of room twenty-one, the apparition of a girl who is said to have died of yellow fever appears in a mirror.  Her mother could never leave the house after her child’s death and can still be seen in the bedroom that was hers.

Would you spend the night in a haunted hotel?  Have you?  Let me know about your experiences!

Cheers,

Monique O’Connor James

Author of Jamais Vu, Deja Vu, The Keepers and The Mulligan Man

Coming Summer 2012 – Becoming Jolie

Ghost Stories #3 – St. Louis Cemetery #1 – New Orleans, LA

This cemetery plays a pivotal role in my latest work in progress.  There is something romantic and intriguing about the place, despite its location in the middle of the warehouse district in New Orleans.

Let me set the scene for you.  The entire cemetery is surrounded by a cement wall, perhaps to keep the ghosts in, or the vandals out – no matter, both seem to ignore it.  The tombs are shoved together so tightly that they create a mystical maze for tourists and mourners in which they can lose themselves.  There are oven tombs with brick arches, where the dead are interred behind walls, barrel-vaulted tombs characterized by their vaulted roofs, box tombs, built closer to the ground, parapet tombs with their raised crosses, and the list goes on and on.  There is no rhyme or reason to the placement of these tombs and so a wonderful lack of symmetry is formed.

St. Louis Cemetery #1 is listed on the National Registry of The Most Haunted Places in America, and for good reason. The remains of those who participated in the Battle of New Orleans can be found here, along with the city’s first black mayor, and it’s mayor and its most famous resident the Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau.

Sighting Claims:

1.  Many are said to have captured Marie Laveau’s ghost on film here.  Believers and tourists still leave flowers, candles and offerings at her tomb everyday.

2.  It has also been said that ghostly, nude voodoo practitioners perform rituals in the cemetery after midnight and well into the morning hours.

3.  A ghost by the name of Henry roams the maze of the cemetery.  The story goes that he gave his tomb to a woman who was supposed to keep his papers for him.  While he was out to sea she sold the tomb, and when he died he was laid to rest in a potter’s field.  He has spent the time since inquiring with tourists if they have seen the Vignes’ tomb.  He appears in a dark suit with no shirt and is desperate to find his final resting place.

4.  Alphonse – he was a lonely young man, or so they say.  Upon entering the cemetery, he may take your hand and ask you to help him find his way home.  He’s been seen taking flowers from other graves and bringing them back to his own.

5.  Ghost cats and dogs are frequent sightings here.  Many believe that they are the ghosts of the caretakers animals.

Take the cemetery tour if you are in New Orleans, or if you are really brave, check them out on your own.  Even if you don’t see a ghost for yourself, you will be taken by the place’s beauty.

Cheers,

Monique O’Connor James

Author of The Keepers, Jamais Vu, Deja Vu, and The Mulligan Man published by Astraea press.

Coming Summer 2012 – Becoming Jolie published by Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing.