Burbon Street Blood Bath

Preface
When I first learned of this case, it had been transmogrified. I already knew that legends change from telling to telling, but this story is an excellent example of how the stories we hear aren’t always as they seem. What I had heard about a “vampire murder” was, in fact, a much greater tragedy. I briefly talk about my quest for truth in a previous blog article called “New Orleans Vampire Murder: A Lesson in Truth“. This article approaches the story from a different angle– it contains further details of the crime and investigation as described in the television broadcast of the Investigation Discovery network’s show “Dead of Night”. Tuesday, March 26, 2013 was when they first broadcast the episode titled “Bourbon Street Bloodbath” which regards this phantasmagorical murder. Because of the interest in this story, I’ve decided to summarize the details presented in the episode of Dead of Night.

Once again, please note that comments to this article have been CLOSED. This blog is NOT a memorial. It’s NOT meant to berate or glorify those involved in the murder. This is NOT a place to grieve for those who have lost their lives in conjunction with this event. This article was written for the purpose of conveying information about the event and also to correct misinformation being spread throughout the paranormal community. Continue reading

Unknown Jewel Lost

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LeBeau Plantation, Arabi, Louisiana

For those of you unaware, a tragedy occurred over the weekend just south of New Orleans when vandals destroyed a plantation home by setting it on fire. True, it was in a pretty dilapidated state and true, also, the group of individuals who are responsible for the arson claimed to be ghost hunters, but to me they were vandals, pure and simple.

I fully acknowledge that not all investigation groups are above board, honest or even working with a full deck, but to my knowledge, none has ever destroyed a place they were allegedly investigating. Straight up vandalism is what it was, getting high and drunk and setting things on fire with their stupidity.

Apparently, though, before it was burned down, the LeBeau Plantation had a reputation for being haunted. Though the windows of the cupola are boarded up in the photo above, this has not always been the case. Prior to it being boarded up, there were reports of lights being visible in the cupola, despite there not being any electrical connection since the 1980s. It apparently also had the reputation for being the most haunted house in the area.

The land on which the house once stood was granted in 1721. Various plantations occupied the land for the next hundred years or so, then the land was turned into a brickyard. In 1851, Franciose Barthelemy LeBeau purchased the land and built the house that was recently destroyed.

According to some, the LeBeau family was just as bad as the LaLauries when it came to mistreatment of slaves. They would beat their slaves to death on occasion and then would order the living ones to bury their dead out in the field. It seems, though, that the dead slaves were able to exact revenge by haunting the LeBeaus and driving them all insane. Nearly all of the family committed suicide.

Artist's rendering of LeBeau Plantation as it appeared in the 1800s.

Artist’s rendering of LeBeau Plantation as it appeared in the 1800s.

The light in the cupola is not, however, any of the murdered slaves. In the 1970s a family resided in the house for a short time, but left soon after the death of their daughter. She fell from the cupola, allegedly pushed by unseen hands. The family moved out soon after.

Perhaps between the holidays, I will drive down to Arabi and see the remains for myself and take a few photos. It saddens me greatly that a piece of our local history was destroyed in such a senseless manner. Looking around online, you can see photos of the vandals and they don’t look like the brightest individuals in the world, which kinda enforces my belief that they weren’t real “ghost hunters” but used it as an after thought thinking they might get a “pass” on any prison time because they were “working”.

Sources:

http://old-new-orleans.com/NO_LeBeau.html

http://earthfiles.net/articles/plantation.cfm

Paranormal Festival

If any of our readers live in northwest Louisiana, southwest Arkansas or in Texas within a reasonable distance of Shreveport, they are having a Paranormal Festival June 20 – 23. Despite living in New Orleans, I won’t be able to make the trip since my father’s birthday is that weekend. If anyone happens to go, please drop us a line – either via email (address is on the right sidebar) or by commenting on this post – and let us know about your experiences.

Details about the Festival can be found here: Downtown Shreveport Paranormal Festival

Rosedown Plantation

Literally down the street from the more prolific Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana is where you’ll find the pulchritudinous plantation and vast gardens of Rosedown. An inviting alley of live oaks and enchanting gardens showcase the lovely neoclassical Doric columned facade constructed by Wendall Wright from cypress and cedar trees directly from the lands surrounding the plantation. It’s no wonder the picturesque plantation has captured the heart of at least one old resident who refuses to leave.
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