Have you ever seen a ghost in Louisiana? Apparently, a lot of people have. We are one of the most haunted states in the union, and have had numerous TV shows and paranormal investigators check out our most haunted spots. Here are 8 of the most infamous ghosts and hauntings in the state, just in time for Halloween!
1) Chloe, Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville
One of the most legendary haunted homes in the country, Myrtles Plantation claims to be home to Chloe. Legend has it that Chloe, a slave on the plantation, served the children and master of the house a poisoned cake in order to exact revenge on him for forcing her to have a sexual relationship with him. She was supposedly hanged for her crimes, but continues to haunt the plantation today.
2) Toni Jo Henry, Calcasieu Courthouse, Lake Charles
Toni Jo Henry was a beautiful and charming woman that was also found guilty of murder in the 1940’s after three trials. Ultimately, she became the first woman executed by the electric chair in Louisiana. She is said to haunt the courthouse cell where she was kept during her trials.
3) Count Arnaud, Arnaud’s Restaurant, New Orleans
This nearly 100 year old restaurant is haunted by Count Arnaud, the founder of the restaurant that is said to come into the dining room in his tuxedo and survey the patrons.
4) Pierre Couvillion, Old State Capitol Building, Baton Rouge
Pierre Couvillion, the renowned orator and legislator from Avoyelle’s parish suffered a heart attack and died in the senate chambers after speaking about corrupt politicians. Visitors say they can see his footprints in the halls or felt a tap on their shoulder, feeling the presence of Mr. Couvillion.
5) Sarge, Shreveport Municipal Auditorium, Shreveport
A mischievous ghost that haunts this National Landmark, ladies are warned that he likes to mess with people’s hair and ruffle people’s shirts. Others report ghosts walking out on stage and sitting in empty seats, some say they are remnants from when the auditorium hosted The Louisiana Hayride country music show.
6) Keachi Women’s College, Keachi
This college was founded in 1856 by Perry J. Backus, but became a hospital for wounded soldiers after the civil war broke out and the Battle of Mansfield took place nearby. Numerous visitors to the area report sensing that the area is haunted by ghosts of these soldiers.
7) Delphine LaLaurie, LaLaurie Mansion, New Orleans
One of the most infamous and terrifying stories of French Quarter history, Madame LaLaurie was said to have tortured her slaves, keeping them trapped in her attic and whipping them nearly to death. Legend has it that one of her slaves set fire to the house, revealing her despicable behavior. Now, the mansion is one of the most haunted places in New Orleans.
8) Joseph Bentley, Bentley Hotel, Alexandria
The famed lumber magnate Joseph Bentley built this beautiful hotel in downtown Alexandria, which for many years was one of the most fancy hotels in Louisiana outside of New Orleans. Mr. Bentley had a suite of rooms at the hotel where he stayed most of the time, and ultimately he died there. Many visitors say they still feel his presence there, among other ghosts in the hotel.
Have you ever seen one of these ghosts? Is there one from the list we’re missing? Let us know in the comments below!