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19 Facts About Madame LaLaurie, Socialite, Slave Torturer, & Serial Killer

Madame LaLaurie holds a special place in the mythology of the South, and New Orleans in particular. If there ever was a house that was haunted, it would be her mansion, a collection of rooms used for torturing and murdering slaves in the most violent ways possible. Born Marie Delphine Macarty, Madame LaLaurie, wealthy socialite and slave owner, may have been one of America’s first serial killers, with a body count that was rumored to be somewhere near 100.

Many people believe that it was after she married her third husband that LaLaurie’s violent instincts kicked in. Whatever the reason, she was known to openly flog her slaves for even the most trivial of perceived slights. Even given the abhorrent standards of behavior towards slaves in her time and place, this was considered extreme, and her behavior got her investigated for cruelty to slaves in 1828, 1829, and 1832.

Some historians believe her worst tortures may have been exaggerated over time as her tale became a legend, but even contemporary news reports of the area paint a terrifying picture. With this collection of gruesome facts, you’ll come to meet one of the most disturbing people who ever walked the face of the earth, and one who never faced any recrimination for the brutal torture that she doled out to her slaves. Actress Kathy Bates depicted a fictionalized version of LaLaurie in the third season of American Horror Story.

There was never any reason for Madame LaLaurie’s gruesome and twisted murder spree, it’s as if one day she decided that she was going to start systematically murdering and dehumanizing her slaves in elaborate ways that would make the creators of The Human Centipede blush. LaLaurie’s behavior was something that made normal slave owners seem cordial in comparison.

Madame LaLaurie has become a part of New Orleans legend, and her house, as it stands now, is said to be haunted by the ghosts of the slaves who met their demise at her hands. Even if you don’t believe in ghosts, you have to admit that if any building is haunted it has to be the mansion where one woman tortured her slaves to death before letting them burn alive in an attic.

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