Haunted New Orleans – The Sultan’s House, by Lyn Gibson – Author of “The Adrian Trilogy”

sultan  Though public records indicate that in 1780, a previous home occupied the corner of Dauphine and Orleans, it is the Gardette – Laprete house which still stands today.  Built in 1836 by Jean Baptist LePrete, the 4 story mansion would dominate the French Quarter both in stature and legend for over 150 years.

The meticulously designed home was never permanently occupied as LePrete lived on his plantation in Plaquemines.  During the social seasons, LePrete would entertain his family and guests there, usually when the French Opera was in town.  The homes’ peaceful existence would soon come to an end when a wealthy Turkish merchant arrived in New Orleans.  The merchant sought out LePrete to ask for use of the property on behalf of the brother of a Sultan.  LePrete, was happy to oblige.  An additional stream of income and the security of having the home occupied were means for a bargain.  What had not been disclosed during negotiations was the fact that the newly proclaimed Sultan that would be occupying the home had robbed his brother of his gold and jewels then fled to New Orleans.

The Sultan moved into LePretes’ mansion and along with him came his guards and his harem.  The Sultan’s harem consisted of women of all shapes, ages and sizes, most of which had been abducted from the home of his brother or from off of the streets of New Orleans.  Besides the women, the Sultan also owned young Arab boys in which to sate his twisted palate.  Both the women and boys would be raped and beaten and in many cases, murdered, all at the whim of the cruel Sultan.

Though atrocities abounded within the beautiful home, there were many elaborate parties thrown by the Sultan.  All of the elite would attend these lavish events.  The mansion had become the center of all social activities in the area.  The Sultan had more than fortified the home.  The windows and doors had been covered and his men patrolled the grounds with curved swords in their belt-lines.  Not one of the area socialites had any way to know of the atrocities that occurred within the grand estate.  But soon, all of the frivolities would come to a gruesome end.

One morning, a neighbor was walking along the sidewalk in front of the mansion.  He noticed that it was eerily quiet and that there were no guards patrolling the grounds.  He then looked up to see blood seeping from beneath the front entrance and onto the steps below.  When authorities arrived they attempted to summon the inhabitants by pounding at the front door.  When there was no response, the door was broken down.  Beyond the entrance lay the gruesome remnants of a bizarre massacre, the entirety of which was never fully recorded due to the horrific details.  Blood splatters covered the walls and furnishings.  Sordid body parts lay strewn on every floor of every level of the once envied home.  Every man woman and child associated with the Sultan had been slaughtered.  There was evidence of rape and torture at every turn; the inhabitants had all suffered tormented deaths.  The body of the Sultan was discovered in a shallow grave behind the house.  He had been badly mutilated then buried alive.

To this day the murders have never been solved.  The only proven fact is that robbery was a factor as the home had been ram-sacked and all of the Sultans riches had disappeared.  Many rumors abounded.  Some say that the Sultan, his harem and his men had been murdered by the same pirates that brought him into the Port of New Orleans.  Others believe that the Sultan had been hunted down by his brother and killed as an act of revenge.

The home changed hands many times and has risen and fallen only to rebound to it’s former glory.  Once nearly dilapidated and abandoned, the home was remodeled and opened as an art studio, later it served as an apartment complex.  Many of those who have lived or worked within the grand structure have reported hearing screams throughout the interior of the home as well as the exterior.  Some have claimed to see the Sultan himself, easily identified by his light colored hair despite his Turkish descent.

These reports have been ongoing for decades and all are similar in their claims.  The Sultan’s home has been investigated on many occasions by paranormal experts.  Some of these investigations have yielded interesting EVP recordings as well as recorded unexplainable movement and occurrences.

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Recent Vampire attacks in New Orleans

FRENCH QUARTERNew Orleans has a history and reputation for many things Vampire.  At the heart of it all is the French Quarter which has seen it’s share of Vampire incidents since becoming home to Jacques de saint Germain hundreds of years ago.  As a matter of fact, many other members of the Vampire elite society have and still do find haven in New Orleans. Though it is a known fact to all locals, very little documentation may be found as we whisper the details of current activity only amongst ourselves.

The French Quarter has been haven to many Vampires throughout history.  A perfect setting as the area has always had a high rate of murder and missing persons.  The living are drawn to the area by its’ mystery and charm, eager to experience an encounter with the undead.  Few are lucky enough to return with their experiences, most have vanished without a trace leaving only a trail of whispered accounts amongst the locals.

One example of such a case happened in 1984.  Though, once again little documentation can be found (not surprising as many paranormal incidents are hidden from plain sight by New Orleans officials) the locals are very well aware of the incident.

Nine people were found in and about the French Quarter area, all having had their throats ripped out.  Paramedics and other first responders were dumbfounded as that though the scenes were gory, there was no blood to mention.  The case resembled an earlier occurrence where in 1933 two known prostitutes met the same demise.  A witness that lived above the scene said that he heard screams, as he ran to his balcony he saw a tall dark figure leaning over the victim.  The dark figure was reported to have leapt over a 12 foot wall at the end of the alley and disappeared with no trace.  The violence of both of the attacks would have left signs of a struggle and the bodies should have bled out.  But they did not, in fact the bodies in both cases were drained completely.  The cases remain unsolved to this day but the locals know the truth.

In the mid eighties a rogue vampire moved into the area making his home on Royal street, near to where St. Germain called home in the early 1900’s.  This Rogue vampire had caused so much turmoil in his brief stint in the city that New Orleans officials had began to pressure the known vampire elders in the community, who did not appreciate the invasion of their privacy.  Forced by the attention and suspicion that was cast upon them, the elders gathered and met in reference to the rogue vampire, all agreed that he should be eliminated.  And so it was, the rash of vampire attacks ended as quickly as it had began.

Now, everyone knows that it is against nature for vampire to kill vampire, however in this instance the greater good prevailed.  It is said that the slain trouble-maker was ripped apart by the elders during an ancient ritual, which no living man has ever witnessed.  After the ceremony the remains of the vampire were placed in a crypt at a nearby cemetery.  It is said by the locals that his screams and moans can be heard through the thick marble walls of the vault to this day.