If you are a fan of Kathy Bates in American Horror Story: Coven, then you probably know her character is based on a real person, Madame Delphine Macarty Lalaurie, one of the most evil and prolific murderesses in all of American history. The horrors she inflicted on her helpless victims gave rise to many ghost stories connected to her home on Royal Street in New Orleans, which still stands.
The full, true story of Madame Lalaurie, La Maison Est Hantee, is in Norman and Scott's HAUNTED AMERICA.
Here is the story, excerpted from the book. WARNING: Descriptions of Madame Lalaurie's behavior are explicit and may not be suitable for some readers.
La Maison Est Hantée
By Michael Norman and Beth Scott
The French and Spanish in the old Quarter knew the place all right. (more…)