Disturbing Development of Charles Manson

Coming up on the anniversary of the Manson Murders……

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Born Charles Maddox, the man we now know as Charles Manson was a disadvantaged child. Manson was born November 12, 1934 in Cincinnati, Ohio, to a sixteen year old promiscuous alcoholic who had no regard for her son. Manson’s mother, Kathleen Maddox, was not ready for parenthood and did not rise to meet her new responsibility as a single mother.

Kathleen Maddox married William Manson and gave Charles his name at that time. Manson tells a story of his mother trading him for beer: “Mom was in a cafe one afternoon with me on her lap. The waitress, a would-be mother without a child of her own, jokingly told my Mom she’d buy me from her. Mom replied, ‘A pitcher of beer and he’s yours.’ The waitress set up the beer…. Several days later my uncle had to search the town for the waitress and take me home,” Montaldo (n.d).

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She Just…. let go.

 

Without a thought or a word, she let go.  She let go of fear.  She let go of judgments.  She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around in her head.  She let go of the committee of indecision within her.  She let go of all the “right” reasons.  Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go.  She did not ask anyone for advice.  She did not read a book on how to let go.  She just let go.  She let go of all the memories that held her back.  She let go of all the anxiety that kept her from moving forward.  She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right.  She did not PROMISE to let go.  She did not journal about it.  She did not write the projected date in her DayPlanner.  She made no public announcement. She did not check the weather report or read her daily horoscope.  She just let go.  She did not analyze whether she should let go. She did not call her friends to discuss the matter.  She did not utter one word.  She just let go.  No one was around when it happened.  There was around when it happened.  There was no applause or congratulations.  No one thanked her or praised her.  No one noticed a thing.  Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.  There was no effort.  There was no struggle.  It was not good.  It was not bad.  It was what it was, and it is just that.  In the space of letting go, she let it all be.  A small smile came over her face.  A light breeze blew through her.  And the sun and the moon shone forevermore.

 

 

SuperHaunt Bucket List #1: Overshadowed attack. The SECOND disaster at Pearl Harbor, HI

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One of the most remembered attacks in World War II, was our first real home land breach of security.  Up until 9-11, the Pearl Harbor attack of 1941 by the Japanese, on US shores was the most horrifying and surreal occurrences in our US history.  But there was a second attack, at Pearl Harbor, in 1944, with a blackout press order.  It’s death count is not included in the Pearl Harbor death count, and it’s very existence you will not find on the timelines in history books or anywhere, for the events of Pearl Harbor or WWII in general.

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For that reason alone, the events in May of 1944 at West Loch, Hawaii, now known as the West Loch Disaster, are not highly publicized, and therefore relatively untouched for paranormal investigations.  This entire ‘attack’ was simply swept under the carpet until later in 2009 when researchers uncovered information.  2009 and 2012 were the first official memorials of the 163 men that died, and the nearly 400 injured, that were forced to stay quiet, as this entire event was classified Top Secret.  Conveniently in this decade, when all of the witnesses and bystanders are deceased, facts are allowed to surface… right from the ocean floor.

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Everyone is very aware of the surprise attack by the Japanese in Pearl Harbor.  Most memorialized are the aerial attacks on Battleship Row, meant to disable our Naval force.  By the time it was all said and done, more than 2,400 Americans were dead, 21 ships* had either been sunk or damaged, and more than 188 U.S. aircraft destroyed.  But it wasn’t just an aerial attack.  Before the attack, 5 Japanese midget subs, only 2 man crews on each, armed with 80 lb torpedos, had breached Hawaii and were lying in wait.  Here’s the clincher.  Only four were accounted for, after the attack.

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Fast forward to May, 1944… things have calmed down in Hawaii, for sure.  The rest of the world in complete chaos, it was quite a distraction.  But of course, this is a Naval base, and this is wartime.  Officially and publicly, in May of 1941, our Navy was preparing to invade the Marianas.  West Loch was quite congested and “unusually crowded with various vessels as it was being used as a staging area for the upcoming Operation Forager. Twenty-nine Landing Ships, Tank (LSTs) were tied up, beam to beam, at six Tare piers. Many of the LSTs, in addition to carrying their own complement of munitions and fuel, were also fully loaded with the munitions, fuel, vehicles, equipment, and other general stores required by the 2nd and 4th Marine Divisions for the invasion of the Marianas, that was to begin in mid-June. To aid quick deployment once ashore, high-octane gasoline was stored in barrels on deck…Within minutes, 200 men had been blown into the water. Eleven wooden buildings on the shore were destroyed and vehicles blown on their side. In all, 20 buildings were damaged.  (citing Wikipedia, please be aware the Wikipedia does have some discrepancies, but overall, factual).

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After a hasty investigation, it was ruled that an accident occurred while unloading mortar rounds, when a wayward spark from welding, or possibly a cigarette ignited gas fumes, therefore causing the explosion.  The original theory by the military was a possible submarine attack…BUT WAS RULED UNLIKELY BECAUSE OF THE DEPTHS OF WEST LOCH, AND THE ANTI SUBMARINE NETS IN PLACE.  Interesting.

Points of interest:

  • Within 24 hours, a press black out was issued.  No personnel were allowed to even write home about it.  No talking to the press or anyone for that matter.
  • It was immediately classified as Top Secret.
  • They found the 5th midget sub in the wreckage of West Loch, without torpedos.
  • The Japanese midget subs are equipped with submarine net cutters on the bow.
  • Researchers found evidence that one of the ships in West Loch suffered extensive underwater damage.
  • In the confusion, the army personnel on board weren’t even counted in the dead count.
  • Oh yeah, the motive for sweeping it all under the rug?  We didn’t want the Japanese to know……..  but why?  We called it a maritime accident.  We didn’t want the rest of America to know.  But why?  Possible breach of homeland security that would breed panic?  OH WAIT!  It was weeks before an invasion of Manila!  That was Top Secret too, and was something that was argued about for months before by FDR and his cabinet.
  • A large number of the deceased were not recovered, not recorded, buried in “unknown” graves (LATER commemorated as Unknown in memory of West Loch), and died without honor or recognition.

 

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Keep in mind, of course, that these men were not deployed, and many were on shore leave because of extensive exercises leading up to Operation Forager, in the Marianas.  Their lives were cut short drastically and in a very violent and unexpected way.  And the lack of recognition means unfinished business.  From a paranormal standpoint, all of this sets up the perfect storm for paranormal.  From a psychic standpoint, would love to read the situation and see what the location can tell me about what really happened.  From an empathic point of view, we need to find a way to close the book with dignity and honor for deceased and their families.  They deserve to be recognized by the military and recognized in our history books.  Bringing some closure to this will allow many of the spirits that are ‘still on duty, even now’, to move on and cross over.

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SuperHaunt Bucket List #2: Countdown to Death: The Isolation of Lovokomeio

Long known to be one of the most ancient diseases, and one of the most horrific ways to die, Leprosy was considered to be a punishment from God himself.  A quick death, this was not.  But rather, long enough for you to make amends with whatever demons haunted you from your life.

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Found to be caused by a bacteria, Leprosy is now curable, with the proper medication, and of course much better results if you catch it early on.  For centuries, patients were not allowed to even visit with their own families, and left in exile.  Leprosy, or rather Hansen’s Disease, left an incredible imprint on any location that was meant to house and isolate this disease.  Your prognosis included years of living alone with your own thoughts, no communication with the outside world, and “rotting away”, from the secondary infections and diseases that would attack a patient.  Skin lesions would leave a patient disfigured and in advanced stages, unrecognizable.  Although the disease would destroy or damage nerves, the surrounding living tissue around the effected area would still endure the pain.

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Kindness and mercy were shown to these colonies usually by priests, that would then succumb to the disease themselves.  This was a truly divine labor of love.

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Lovokomeio is Greece’s first leprosy colony, meant to house these poor citizens from others, in an attempt to limit the spread. Opening it’s doors in 1378, it is unknown the exact numbers of patients that died there.  Records are scarce.  This facility was meant to only house dozens at a time.  Once a patient was sent to the colony, death came fairly quickly on average. It is not highly contagious, but I’m sure there was constant turnover in the facility.  Since it’s beginning, that part of the country has seen Greek War of Independence in the 19th century when Ottoman soldiers massacred or exiled most of the island’s inhabitants, as well as devastating earthquakes.  In ruins, it finally closed it’s doors 1957.  

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From a paranormal standpoint, it is likely that caretakers are still there, as that was their life love.  I’m sure many others that have passed on are there as well.  Residual evidence is high in locations like this with such a high impact of emotional distress and physical agony.  From a psychic standpoint, I am eager to read what is there, and maybe follow a story or two.  A tourist attraction it is.  And a haunting one at that.

SuperHaunt Bucket List #3: A Killer’s Playground, Dunblane Primary School, Scotland

It shouldn’t take the slaughter of 16 first graders to change the gun laws of a country, but this time it did.  In this odd twist, the previous attempts to protect children from what turned out to be a cold blooded killer failed them, by triggering a massacre of historical proportions.  The shots will always be heard at Dunblane Primary School, Dublane, central Scotland.  This sleepy town will never be the same.

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The Background:

On March 13, 1996 an extremely pissed off and calculating pedophile, Mr. Thomas Hamilton, entered Dunblane Primary School, an elementary school with 700 children attending.  Armed with 2 9mm Browning HP pistols, 2 Smith and Wesson m19 .357 mag revolvers and 743 rounds of ammo,and a pair of pliers or wire cutters that he used to cut the phone lines to the school,  he pushed through 2 staff members and found Mrs. Gwen Major’s first grade class in progress.  He preceded to fire off 109 rounds, alternating hollow points and full metal jackets, killing Mrs. Majors as she attempted to shield her students, and 15 kids, all between the ages of 5 and 6 years old.  He then turned one of his guns on himself.

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The entire attack lasted about 3 minutes.  School had just started, with the first call for help coming in to emergency personnel at 9:30am, and the first responders arriving at 9:45am.   The coroner found that most of the dead suffered at least 5 gunshots, some up to 7.  Twelve more kids and two more teachers were also injured, 3 of them on the critical list days after the attack.  All his guns were legally owned.

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Thomas Hamilton had become obsessed with two things in his 43 years of life.  Boys, and guns.  Early on when he was 20, he became a scout leader but was later blacklisted from the organization for inappropriate behavior with the kids, involving possible sexual abuse, physical abuse, and neglect.  He possessed pictures of semi nude boys and kept them throughout his home, because he was “proud”.  Although there were many attempts by him to re-enter the organization, he was never allowed back in.

Instead he ran NUMEROUS boys clubs targeting kids 7-12, from 1975 thru early 90’s, boot camp style, all unsupervised.  One of his clubs even met in the very gymnasium where he ended so many young lives.  Not long before the attack, he had been turned down when applying to volunteer at that very same school.

He opened a DYI wood crafting shop in 1972 that eventually went under.  He blamed the rumors that were spread about him for the decline in business, and began to write letters to Scotland’s scout association, headquarters, parents of kids, authorities, and even petitioned the Queen herself, complaining of HIS mistreatment and victimization.  He believed there was a conspiracy to destroy him.

There is evidence he planned this attack 2 years in advance.  There was also a large gun and ammo purchase 6 months in advance, with an increase in practice sessions at gun clubs.

700,000 citizens signed a petition to outlaw private ownership of handguns, completely outright, as a result of this.  The outcry led to Firearms (amendment) Act 1997, and firearms (amendment #2) Act 1997, making all private ownership of handguns illegal in the UK.  This was the deadliest attack on children in all the history of the UK.

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Paranormal standpoint?  SO MUCH residual in the school, it is I’m sure amazing.  I wouldn’t doubt that there would be more than just residual there.  Psychic Standpoint?  I would love the opportunity to read Mr. Hamilton and retrace his footsteps to possibly see where that switch was thrown, and how this could be prevented in other cases.  Is this something that could be predicted?  I believe so.

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There are many questions still unanswered about this case, as the ‘higher ups’ decided for the 100 year ban before allowing evidence to be public, even though they hid behind the excuse of keeping children’s identities private…many parents of the victims were the first calling for evidence to be revealed.  Hamilton had Freemason ties, friends in the police force, took too long to get to the school (15 minute trip took 45 minutes), an off duty cop just happened to be at the school but was not questioned or used as a witness.  All of these should be answered, even this long after.

 

 

SuperHaunt Bucket List #4 : The right brain rebellion of Aleister Crowley, Boleskine House in Foyers, Scotland

“Falsehood is invariably the child of fear in one form or another.”  –Aleister Crowley

Known as the “Wickedest Man Alive” in the early 1900’s, Aleister Crowley was an extremely well known poet, occultist, magician and founder/prophet of the religion and magickal arts of Thelema.   The Boleskine House was purchased by him to perform one of the most ancient and feared black magick rituals known…he never finished it, and left that portal wide open…for him and others to suffer the consequences.

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The background of this man challenges all logic, as he was born to a preacher and his wife, that were members of the extremely oppressive Plymouth Brethren, a Protestant religion.  He lost his father early as a boy, which triggered an anger and rebellion towards all things religious and an inability to tolerate his mother.  He denounced everything, including the bible.  This rebellion continued to drive and push him through the rest of his life.

He begun his formal education at Cambridge University, where he found his freedom and ability to break away from all things oppressive, religious, or that would push conformity in any way.  His theology had already begun unbeknownst to him.  He dabbled in experiments, including bisexuality, that eventually led to him getting expelled from Cambridge, but gave birth to the connection between sex and magick.

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Later he found the Hermatic Order of the Golden Dawn while staying at the Hotel Cecil in Zermott, Switzerland.  Although his interest in alchemy drew him to this, it soon became much more.  It was a full fledged introduction into the Dark Arts of magick and rituals that are known to be Satanic.  He was drawn to ancient rituals that had not been performed in over 400 years, meant to ONLY conjure demons and control them.  This led him to purchase a home on the shores of Loch Ness in Scotland, with the sole intention to perform the ritual found in The Book of the Sacred Magick of Abra-Melin the Mage, which consisted of several weeks of purification, invocations at 3 am each day, and a diet of only bread and water… it came with a stern warning to complete said ritual to avoid severe possession.

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He found new interests in the middle, and abandoned the ritual midstream. What has happened since in that home is of great interest to me.  Aleister himself went on to pen The Book of Law, which was divinely transferred to him by an entity named Aiwass.  Things got increasingly darker since then.  Many works were penned by him, and are considered text books for the occult now.  His religion dove deeply into bestiality sex magick that would make even the most seasoned occultist wonder.  Drug use was rampant with him and his followers.  Deaths did occur, human sacrifices were made.  Aleister Crowley died at the age of 72 in a boarding house, alone, addicted to Heroine.  His fortune gone, his fame still abounds, after his journey to hell and back.

If you have time, and are interested in this incredibly unique individual, please watch this vid.

The house itself:

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“Aleister Crowley considered Boleskine to be the Thelemic Kiblah. This is an Arabic word which refers to the direction of Mecca, the holiest shrine of Islam. It has a slightly different meaning in Thelema, as it is mentioned in several rituals written by Crowley where it is identified with the East. The Gnostic Mass and Liber Reguli both identify the principal orientation (sometimes known as “Magical East”) as being towards Boleskine. It is considered to be the focal point of the magical energies (also called the “93 Current”) of the Aeon of Horus. In this way it is similar to Jerusalem inJudaism and Mecca in Islam.

As Sabazius X (1998) notes:

Thus, the location of Boleskine House is to be the Omphalos or Center of Power for Thelema, and is to continue as such for the duration of the Aeon of Horus, regardless of the physical presence of the Stèle or of the house itself. Thus, O.T.O. Lodges, Profess-Houses and Gnostic Mass Temples are ideally to be oriented towards Boleskine.”

He continues:

Crowley describes Boleskine in Confessions:

“The house is a long low building. I set apart the south-western half for my work. The largest room has a bow window and here I made my door and constructed the terrace and lodge. Inside the room I set up my oratory proper. This was a wooden structure, lined in part with the big mirrors which I brought from London.

The home includes the entrance hall, five bedrooms, three bathrooms, a drawing room, dining room, family room, kitchen, utility room, and the cellars. The grounds (about 47 acres) includes the Gate Lodge, which was originally the home for a coachman. It has a living room, kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom, as well as a pond, small garden and an orchard.”

Cool fact:  Jimmy Page from Led Zeplin owned the house from the early 70’s to 1991.  He considered Crowley a misunderstood genius, as did many others.

Facts:  The house is said to be haunted by a severed head……interesting, as I personally have never seen just a head haunt a house, but I HAVE seen partial manifestations that are just legs or just a torso… lets go with that.  Likely a partial manifestation has been seen on numerous occasions.

From a paranormal standpoint, this is of interest to me.  The fact that he opened a portal from basically hell, and left it wide open is of interest to me.  Portals do not magically close themselves.  It’s still there, and wide open… and the kicker?  In his diaries he told us right where it was in the house. Not many have been able to stay in the home, which tells me much more than one partial manifestation is there.  Evil lurks there, even if it’s residual evil that can be felt.  The psychic in me wants to explore this house like a playground.

Yes, folks, I’ll be going to chase monsters in Loch Ness… but it won’t be Nessy.

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SuperHaunt Bucket List Location #5, Island of the Dolls, Mexico

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South of Mexico City, in the ancient Xochimilco district, deep in the old network of canals, is a chinampa, or floating garden… basically a small island.  An extremely disturbing island.  And when I say disturbing, I mean just a visit to this island will mess with you psychologically and emotionally.  La Isla De La Munecas, or the Island of the Dolls, tops the creep factor scale, and will haunt a visitor’s nightmares for years to come.

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On this island,  thousands of dolls in various states of decomposition and mutilation hanging from trees, structures, fences, bushes, clothes lines.  Dolls rejected by previous owners for different reasons, decapitated, disfigured, mangled.  Not just that.  This island also has a shed, housing very SPECIAL dolls, complete with an alter set up for the ghost of a little girl found floating in the canals, 50 years ago.  (As if the dolls themselves weren’t creepy enough, right?)

One man’s labor of love and FEAR:

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Don Julian Santana was the only inhabitant of this island.  Said to be a loner and described as a hermit, he rarely made visits into the city.  It is said that  years ago, Don Julian found a girl drowning in the nearby canal… some say he tried to save her but could not, and others say that she had already drowned.  This death haunted him and began to change him through time.

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Days after the occurrence he found a doll in the canal near where she was found.  He assumed it was hers, fished it out, took care of it, and hung it to dry, hoping this would please her spirit, and as a tribute to her.  Soon other dolls were found in the water, he would fish them out and save them for her too, hanging them to dry.  However, soon it became an obsession.

Her death still haunted him.  He became obsessed.

He started to rummage through trash piles and dumps, looking for dolls and doll parts, so he could try to please her.  When that wasn’t enough, he started to trade his belongings for dolls to please her.

Some say she haunted him and as she became more active, more dolls were collected in an effort to silence her.  Others say he went mad and thought that the dolls were live children, forgotten and left behind, pulling them from the canal and trying to revive them.

In 2001, Don Julian himself drowned in the same canal he found her in so many years ago.

The locals believe that the dolls came alive and conspired to kill him.  Others believe the dolls took over his role and became the caretaker of the island.  I ask you this, maybe he joined her so he could take care of this little girl, maybe he found it was the only way?

Other questions I have… Was he insane BEFORE he began living on the island, and did he have something to do with her death, with this display he created a conscious display of guilt? Was his fear heightened by guilt OTHER than not being able to save her… why the fear that she would come back and kill him?  There is no information about the little girl that can be found… I’m sure this is to protect the identity and privacy of her family.

From a paranormal investigative standpoint, the residual energy there must be amazing.  The attachments that many of these dolls have has got to be incredible.  The fear and awe that visitors have each day feeds the energy that is already there.  It’s said that the dolls whisper, and that you can hear the girl laugh or cry at night.  Don’s insanity and obsession surely has left an tangible imprint.

From the psychic side of things… wow, what to read, what to read.  Items?  Alter?  What happened to Don?  What happened to the little girl REALLY, and what put her there in the first place?  So MUCH information and so many situations to read there!

I. Can’t. Wait.

Bucket List Location #6, Rancho el Angel, the Bordello from Hell

What happens when two sociopathic serial killers get together and work as a team?  What happens when they decide to run a business and exploit women at the same time?  BETTER YET, what happens when these two serial killers are sisters?  The Bordello from Hell happens.  

From about 1950 to mid 1964, Delfina and María de Jesús González (known as Las Poquianchis), lived on a small ranch in Guanajuato, Mexico, 200 miles north of Mexico City, in San Fransisco del Rincon.  This ranch later became known as Rancho El Angel, one of the most infamous and murderous brothels in all of Mexico’s crime history.  Lets back track a bit, and get some details on these women, shall we?Image

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Delfina and Maria were born into poverty, and early on began to fear it with all they had.  Their father was a controlling and abusive man that headed up a vigilante police department in their local town, at times hiding behind his authority as a way to shoot and kill others during heated arguments.  He was feared, and for reason.  As his daughters got older, if they wore makeup or any clothing he didn’t see as ‘fit’, he would lock these two girls in the local jail for days, sometimes weeks at a time.  He was feared by his family and by townspeople alike.

As they came into adulthood, they stuck by each other as their only support systems.  Their fear of poverty led them to open many small businesses in town and even up into the border towns.  They opened small bars, and conducted illegal activities in them, yes, but would bribe authorities to look the other way using their sexual advances and services.  It became only a matter of time before they realized that associating sex, power, and control would be their money maker.  

Opening up shop on their main ranch happened roughly in 1950.  They began to recruit girls through want ads, and help wanted word of mouth, for maid and housekeeper positions, promising excellent pay to live in on the ranch.  Women would respond to their advertisement, and if they were deemed pretty enough, or young enough, then the true job would be revealed.  If you were unlucky enough to be young and attractive, you would not see the outside world again.  If a girl would try to run or refuse to work, then she would be killed… after all, she knew too much.  If resistance wasn’t so strong, they would simply break down the resistance by forcing cocaine and heroine use.

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Soon that wasn’t enough.  They began to prowl the towns for young, pretty girls.  They would bribe them with promises of money, houses, security, dream jobs…  and if they really wanted a girl to work for them, sometimes they would just save the trouble, and snatch her, never to be seen again.  The younger prettier virgins were saved for later, because “johns” would pay the big bucks for the girls that were untouched.  

I’m sure you can imagine that girls were never just politely retired, and sent on their way.  They were killed if they were too damaged from repeated sexual activity, lost their appeal, refused to please customers, or became pregnant.  If it was a prized girl that became pregnant, she would be lucky enough to live (if you can call it that).  She would be hung by her hands, and beat until she successfully miscarried.  The fetus would then be taken to the back of the ranch and MAYBE buried.  Sometimes just dumped.

The girls weren’t the only ones at risk of murder.  If customers came in with an excess amount of cash, they just saved a step, and killed them right there.  When the women were eventually questioned by the police as to how these men were murdered, Delphina simply smiled and said, “The food did not agree with them”.  

In 1964, three of the prostitutes managed escape.   It is said that Delfina and Maria were tipped off about the possibility of a raid, but in my opinion the escape* would have been enough for them to flee.  Police planned a raid on their ranch on January 14th, 1964. There they found at least a dozen malnourished and abused women still held captive for work.  These women would point out the areas of the ranch to dig for the others.  At that time, the police found the bodies of 80 women, 11 men, several fetuses and infants.The survivors accused the sisters of dabbling in Satanism and forcing the girls into beastiality for ritualistic purposes.

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Delfina and Maria were finally captured while trying to sell off their things to flee the country.  They were both sentenced to 40 years in a Mexican prison, each.  A less commonly known fact, two other sisters were involved in this, yes two other sociopathic sisters, Carmen and Maria Luisa.  That’s 4 sociopathic women teamed up together.  That’s never happened before, and lets hope it never happens again. 

Delfina died October 17, 1968 after going mad, and having a freak accident in her cell.  Maria de Jesus was the youngest of all four and finished out her sentence and was freed, only to disappear.  Maria Luisa died alone in her cell on November 19, 1984.  Carmen died of cancer in prison.

This was considered a concentration camp in it’s own rite.  In  while clearing land around the ranch for another development, almost 2 miles away, another mass grave was found, with 20 more bodies.  This isn’t over, there will be more.

SuperHaunt Bucket List Location #7: Socialite Serial Killer, Madame LaLaurie’s Mansion, New Orleans

Money and status do not make you a good person.  And no better place to prove this than New Orleans, Louisiana, known as one of the most evil and most haunted cities in the world.

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On  April 10, 1834, late in the evening at an upscale party with New Orleans most elite citizens, a fire broke out at 1140 Royal Street, in the French Quarter.  Oddly, the hostess of this party, Madame LaLaurie herself, opted to move the party outside, and so it did.  Little did she know she was setting up ring side seats to what would happen next.  As the fire department and police showed up to the scene, while she scrambled to move her fine furniture out of her mansion, the authorities required access to the top levels of her home, and they were denied access vulgarly and abruptly.  They entered anyway to find a 70 year old slave woman chained to the stove as the house burned around her.  They saved her and some other freed up slaves only to hear in passing panicked stories about the third level room where others were taken and never reappeared.

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They found and forced entry into  the room, only to find a number of slaves tied up, chained, mutilated, dismembered, tortured, experimented on, in many different stages of death.  The experimental surgeries conducted in that room left their bodies in contorted positions, many with joints broken and reset, one resembling a crab.  Another was so covered with decomp and maggots that the only way the police could tell he was alive…he blinked.  It was a horrid and psychologically scarring display.  And the responsible party for all of this?  Madame Marie Delphine LaLaurie, with some involvement from her third husband that happened to be a surgeon, Dr.  Leonard Louis Nicolas LaLaurie.

Read the original newspaper articles here:

http://www.nola.com/haunted/index.ssf/2000/09/the_fire_on_royal_street_new_o.html 

There were 10 bodies recovered that night, with the surviving mutilated and tortured slaves put on display at the jail.  But the slaves had many more stories of others that were taken to that room and were never seen again.  It is estimated that there were as many as 90 victims, many buried in the courtyard and thought to be buried in the walls.  When word of these atrocities traveled through the city, a mob formed and she was run out of town.  Her house was looted by the community in an attempt to make sure nothing was left usable in the home.  They succeeded in destroying everything in mansion, and she was not seen again.

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It is widely thought, even among historians in New Orleans, that she fled to France, where she later died.  Also there are a few different known potential dates for her death, however it’s reported that after these dates, there were estate transfers to her, and that doesn’t happen with someone deceased….

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Madame LaLaurie would have found it difficult to leave her children behind and flee the country, though.  Which makes this a very plausible explanation:  The underground (not so underground anymore) VooDoo community in New Orleans believe (apparently with proof) that she faked the France trip, and traveled into the North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain where she became the apprentice of the famed VooDoo Queen Marie Laveau, who she had befriended when Laveau and come to her house to do her hair.  

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Because they were friends before the fire, for a few years before the fire, while Delphine dabbled in Witchcraft, VooDoo, and other Dark Arts, I think it’s a very valid question to ask if VooDoo had a part in the torture and mutilation of these slaves as well.  To date, rarely can anyone stay overnight in this building.  

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