Famous Female Serial Killers - Delphine LaLaurie
Marie Delphine LaLaurie (born 1775 - 1842), better known as Madame LaLaurie, was a Louisiana-born socialite, and serial killers for their participation in the torture and murder of black slaves known.
Born in New Orleans, Delphine LaLaurie was married three times in their lifetime. She maintained a prominent position in the social circles of New Orleans until 10 April 1834, when rescuers responding to a fire at her Royal Street mansion discovered bound slaves within the house, which showed evidence of torture over a long period. Delphine LaLaurie's house was subsequently dismissed by an angry mob of New Orleans citizens, and it is believed that they fled to Paris, where she died because of a boar attack during a hunting accident.
Delphine LaLaurie was the wife of a wealthy New Orleans doctor in the early 1800s. With long black hair and porcelain skin, all eyes focused on them when they threw glamorous parties. Little anyone knew the slightest mistake by a slave Madame LaLaurie caused explode with rage. With cruelty to one of her slaves, if the slave allegedly pulled her hair while brushing it charged LaLaurie beat her mercilessly in the garden. Another slave girl jumped to his death from a second-floor window to escape to Madame LaLaurie. In 1834, a fire devastated the LaLaurie estate and after the firemen put out the flames, she smelled rotting corpses. Press on the attic door, they were surprised to dead slaves chained to the walls, sewn up a woman with her lips, half dead forced slaves in cages, a man who have sex get change, women without skin gutted to see slaves, and body parts scattered all over the attic.
Delphine LaLaurie escaped and were never seen again. Years later, during renovations contractor discovered the bodies of slaves who had been reportedly buried alive.
Delphine LaLaurie's life after the 1834 fire, is not well documented. Martineau wrote in 1838 that Delphine LaLaurie New Orleans fled during the mob violence that followed the fire, under a bus from the waterfront and travel by schooner from there to Mobile, Alabama and then on to Paris. Certainly by the time Martineau personally visited the Royal Street mansion in 1836 it was still unoccupied and damaged severely, with "gaping windows and empty walls".
The circumstances of the death Delphine LaLaurie are also unclear. George Washington Cable reported in 1888, a then popular but unsubstantiated story that LaLaurie was in France in a boar hunting accident died. Whatever the truth, in the late 1930s, Eugene Backes, who served as sexton of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 to 1924, discovered an old cracked, copper plate in Alley 4 of the cemetery.
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