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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida (March 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813038065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813038063
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #654,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Inside the “Most Haunted” House in New Orleans

“Explores a pivotal event in a city that drips legends from every pore. In the end, Long reminds us that history has just one indisputable ‘truth’—the past was a complex world whose deeds continue to haunt us.”—Elizabeth Shown Mills, author of Isle of Canes

“A page-turner. History, folklore, myth—this book has it all, like almost everything in New Orleans.”—Nathalie Dessens, author of From Saint-Domingue to New Orleans

The legend of Madame Delphine Lalaurie, a wealthy society matron, has haunted the city of New Orleans for nearly two hundred years. 
     When fire destroyed part of her home in 1834, the public was outraged to learn that behind closed doors Lalaurie routinely bound, starved, and tortured her slaves. Forced to flee the city, her guilt was unquestioned, and tales of her actions have become increasingly fanciful and grotesque over the decades. Even today, the Lalaurie house is described as the city’s “most haunted” during ghost tours.
     Carolyn Long, a meticulous researcher of New Orleans history, disentangles the threads of fact and legend that have intertwined over the decades. Was Madame Lalaurie a sadistic abuser? Mentally ill? Or merely the victim of an unfair and sensationalist press? Using carefully documented eyewitness testimony, archival documents, and family letters, Long recounts Lalaurie’s life from legal troubles before the fire and scandal through her exile to France and death in Paris in 1849.
     Themes of mental illness, wealth, power, and questions of morality in a society that condoned the purchase and ownership of other human beings pervade the book, lending it an appeal to anyone interested in antebellum history. Long’s ability to tease the truth from the knots of sensationalism is uncanny as she draws the facts from the legend of Madame Lalaurie’s haunted house.

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The legend of Madame Delphine Lalaurie, a wealthy society matron and accused slave torturer, has haunted New Orleans for nearly two hundred years. Her macabre tale is frequently retold, and her French Quarter mansion has been referred to as “the most haunted house in the city.”

Rumors that Lalaurie abused her slaves were already in circulation when fire broke out in the kitchen and slave quarters of her home in 1834. Bystanders intent on rescuing anyone still inside forced their way past Lalaurie and her husband into the burning service wing. Once inside, they discovered seven “wretched negroes” starved, chained, and mutilated. The crowd’s temper quickly shifted from concern to outrage, assuming that the Lalauries had been willing to allow their slaves to perish in the flames rather than risk discovery of the horrific conditions in which they were kept.

Forced to flee the city, Delphine Lalaurie’s guilt went unquestioned during her lifetime, and tales of her actions have become increasingly fanciful and grotesque over the decades. Stories of perverted tortures, of burying slaves alive, of cutting off their limbs have continued to plague her legacy.

            A meticulous researcher of New Orleans history, Carolyn Long disentangles the threads of fact and legend that have intertwined over the decades. Was Madame Lalaurie a sadistic abuser? Mentally ill? Or merely the victim of an unfair and sensationalist press? Using carefully documented eyewitness testimony, archival documents, and family letters, Long recounts Lalaurie’s life from legal troubles before the fire through the scandal of her exile to France to her death in Paris in 1849.

 As she demonstrated in her biography of Marie Laveau, A New Orleans Voudou Priestess, Long’s ability to tease the truth from the knots of sensationalism is uncanny. Proving once again that history is more fascinating than elaborated fiction, she opens wide the door on the legend of Madame Lalaurie’s haunted house.

 Carolyn Morrow Long is retired from the National Museum of American History. She is the author of Spiritual Merchants: Religion, Magic, and Commerce, and A New Orleans Voudou Priestess: The Legend and Reality of Marie Laveau. She lives in Washington, D.C., and New Orleans.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Shayne on June 23, 2012
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After reading the author's wonderfully written biography on the life of Marie Laveau, I counted the days until this work was released. It is absolutely one of the best and most intriguing biographies I have read. This was a scholarly and suspenseful page turner. With each chapter, Carolyn Morrow Long delves deeper into what is the mystery of Delphine Macarty Lalaurie to lay her deeds bare to all.

I have been fascinated with this old tale of the Haunted House on Royal Street since I was a small child. Though these tales enthralled me as a kid I am now far more interested in truth than tall tale. Carolyn Morrow Long delivers truth in a way that makes you spend hours reading this book as if it were a carefully crafted mystery novel with a new clue on each page.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Vermeer17 on June 12, 2012
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If you're at all interested in one of the most famous ghost stories in New Orleans, you need to pick up this book. Long does a phenomenal job of separating fact from fiction, which is not an easy task under any circumstances, but especially difficult when the event you're desribing took place in 1834. Her search for truth takes her from the heart of the French Quarter all the way to the suburbs of Paris, France. Learn the true story, the one that the tour guides mangle and other authors have failed to tell adequately.

At times it is a tad technical and dry, but it nonetheless does a wonderful job of dispelling the myths surrounding Madame Lalaurie, supposed murderess and quite possibly the most reviled New Orleanian in history.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Reeser on May 3, 2012
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I have finished the book, and cannot praise it highly enough! What the author has accomplished is extraordinary, from a writer's standpoint, managing to maintain a scholarly meticulousness, while presenting it in a popular, compelling fashion. I have recently returned from Paris, where -- so detailed and thorough was Ms. Long's research -- I was able even to visit and view the cemetery in which Madame Lalaurie's body was temporarily interred before its removal back to New Orleans for burial. From an editor's standpoint, the layout and aesthetic production of the book are free from annoyance, as well, with nary a misplaced jot or tittle. Her biography on the New Orleans voodoo maven Marie Laveau will surely be the very next book I buy, and I will surely recommend the Lalaurie biography to any who will listen.

-- Jennifer Reeser, poet, translator and former editor
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kathy F. Cannata on October 30, 2012
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The subject, subtitle and cover art made me expect kind of a tabloid approach, but this is a scholarly, well-written, heavily footnoted book. Indeed 184pp of text get 50pp of endnotes.

I found it kind of slow moving, and the massive cast of characters she examines can be confusing. But it was a very good window into New Orleans French society, race, etc.

Long takes nothing for granted, but patiently hunts down each rumor and legend, and examines them carefully with reference to the best sources. She is sober in her judgments and very balances.

The famous house of Ms. Lalaurie is a cornerstone of every French Quarter ghost tour. Its romance drew Nicholas Cage to buy (and sell) it a few years ago. But the real story is a whole lot bigger, and more interesting than that.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Jackson on August 3, 2013
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I read Mad Madame Lalaurie by Victoria Cosner and Lorelei Shannon a couple of years ago and I was disappointed by their speculative, poorly written and executed work. So much so that I did not finish the book (a rarity for me). Having read and recommended Morrow-Long's, A New Orleans Voodoo Priestess, I knew that she would let her meticulous research inform the the reader instead of conjecture. Let me just say - I have been glued to this book for the past few days! If you've been to New Orleans, you've been to the house on the corner of Royal and wondered if the macabre stories bear any validity. I now have an answer - and the truth, in this case, is scarier than fiction.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alison J. Butler on January 15, 2014
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Great read. I've read several accounts of the Lalaurie case, and am astounded at the inaccuracy of information surrounding the case.
Carolyn Morrow Long has done a grand job of presenting the facts, without the novel becoming a boring history lesson.
An informative and satisfying read. A story that cries out to be made into screenplay... I'm very tempted.

AJB
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very interesting book. I only knew about this Madame Lalaurie because of the American Horror Story plot last season. So creepy that she actually existed and horrific crimes she committed but definitely a good read.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A.H. Derman on May 8, 2013
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I began reading this book after a trip to New Orleans and a decent haunting tour. The French Quarter is beautiful at night, with the sound of carriages, the smell of balmy gulf air and the gorgeous gaslights enveloping the visitor deliciously. The Lalaurie house is huge, and the night wraps around it, enticing the mind with speculation and imagination. I confess I had no strange feeling from the house. It's size and shape are unique, though well within the Spanish style of the French Quarter. But it would be easy to get sucked into history and on a warm summer night and to want to believe the legend of Lalaurie. However, Long keeps her eyes on facts. Her research is thorough, and the structure of this book is very logical, allowing for good exposition. She steers clear of hyperbole, romantic notions and, until the last chapter, has very little to do with ghosts. She successfully teases facts from historical records and draws logical conclusions. Informational is not enlightenment, and while the scholarship of this book is precise and exactingly thorough, Madam Lalaurie' s life, as biographies go, is unremarkable, though her crimes remain extraordinarily heinous.
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