Most Brutal Woman - Madame LaLaurie True American Horror Story

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Most of the times reality is much stranger than fiction. For all of you who watched American Horror Story - Coven episodes, may have noticed the freak who tortured her slaves. This is the story of the woman who easily could be one of the first serial killers who killed more than 100 people. She enjoyed the torture and she was one of the cruelest people who exist.

Step inside Madame LaLaurie's house of horrors, where witnesses claimed she committed appalling acts of torture and murder. The attic served as her own personal torture chamber. Once slaves were sent up there, they were likely to never return. Additionally, Lalaurie never removed the dead bodies from the attic, so the slaves were locked up with rotting bodies.

In 1834, at the mansion at 1140 Royal Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans, a fire broke out. The neighbors were there to help out, what caught their attention was the woman of the house who seemed to be alone. This was shocking because the mansion without slaves at that time was unthinkable. They decided to search the house.

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No one was prepared to see the things they found out. Madame Marie Delphine LaLaurie was a respectable member of society and than the truth came out and changed the public's perception.

The rumors have muddied the facts throughout the years, but there are a few details that have stood the test of time. Reports from eyewitnesses claim that there were at least seven slaves, beaten, bruised, and bloodied to within an inch of their lives, their eyes gouged out, skin flayed, and mouths filled with excrement and then sewn shut. "The victim whose arms were amputated and her skin peeled off in a circular pattern, making her look like a human caterpillar,” and another who had had her limbs broken and reset “at odd angles so she resembled a human crab,” Ranker reports.

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In another example of her sick brand of torture, Lalaurie would wrap her slaves’ intestines around their own bodies. She would disembowel women and wrap their intestines around them like belts. Then, she would let their bodies sit and rot.

In one instance, she shoved animal waste in a woman's mouth before sewing it shut. According to Ranker, this discovery proved she didn’t act alone, seeing as it would be almost impossible to do without help, as someone would need to hold the woman down.

Lalaurie broke one women’s bones so that she would fit in a small cage that was made for dogs. Another woman found after the fire was missing both her arms and legs. Both women were still alive.


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Many slaves had holes drilled into their heads. One man was found alive with a maggot-filled hole in his head. One man was found with a stick protruding from his skull, which had been used to “stir his brains,” Ranker reports.

Lalaurie chained her 70-year-old cook to her stove, confining her to her work station. It is believed the cook is who set the fire to the Lalaurie mansion, which freed the tortured slaves and revealed the monster that Lalaurie was.

Lalaurie drove one 12-year-old slave to commit suicide rather than endure her torture. Lia accidentally brushed Lalaurie’s hair wrong and was chased with a whip. Rather than dealing with Lalaurie’s punishments, she jumped off the roof, killing herself.

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She was a collector of all things torture. She had shackles of all different kinds and inward spiked collars. “The way these collars work is that when you take a breath, you are actively killing yourself, so you can either hold your breath until you die or let the collar do its job.,” Ranker reports.

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Though she tortured all her slaves, the male slaves had it the worst. The men found in the attic were missing fingernails and had their eyes poked out and their genitals cut off. She absolutely hated her male slaves.

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She wouldn’t give up the keys to the attic when protesters tried to evacuate the slaves. She was fine with her slaves dying in the attic, either to hide her twisted torturing or because she really got a high from causing them to suffer.

She was born Marie Delphine McCarty, in 1780 in New Orleans, to an affluent white Creole family. Her family had moved from Ireland to the then-Spanish owned Louisiana a generation before her, and she was only the second generation to be born in America.
She married three times and had five children, whom she was said to attend to lovingly. Her first husband was a Spaniard named Don Ramon de Lopez y Angulo, a Caballero de la Royal de Carlos — a high-ranking Spanish officer. The pair had one child together, a daughter, before his untimely death in Havana, while en route to Madrid.

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Four years after Don Ramon’s death, Delphine remarried, this time to a Frenchman named Jean Blanque. Blanque was a banker, lawyer, and legislator, and was almost as affluent in the community as Delphine’s family had been. Together, they had four children, three daughters, and one son.

After his death, Delphine married her third and final husband, a much younger doctor named Leonard Louis Nicolas LaLaurie. He was not often present in her day to day life and mostly left his wife to her own devices.

In 1831, Madame LaLaurie purchased a three-story mansion at 1140 Royal Street in the French Quarter. The place where the horror story took place.

There were others that she was keeping secret slaves for her doctor husband to practice Haitian voodoo medicine on. There were other reports that her cruelty extended to her daughters, that she would punish and whip them if they tried to help the slaves in any way.

Though the house still stands on the corner of Royal Street, the whereabouts of Madame LaLaurie are still unknown. After the dust settled the woman and her driver were missing, assumed to have fled to Paris. However, there was no word of her ever making it to Paris. Her daughter claimed to have received letters from her, though no one had ever seen them.

In the late 1930s, an old, cracked copper plate was found in New Orleans’ Saint Louis Cemetery bearing the name “LaLaurie, Madame Delphine McCarty,” LaLaurie’s maiden name.

The inscription on the plaque, in French, claims that Madame LaLaurie died in Paris on Dec. 7, 1842. However, the mystery remains alive, as other records located in Paris claim that she died in 1849.

Despite the plaque and the records, it was widely believed that while LaLaurie made it to Paris, she came back to New Orleans under a new name, and continued her reign of terror.

To this day, the body of Madame Marie Delphine LaLaurie has never been found.


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