New Orleans May 11, 2018
Few People Know The Chilling History Behind This New Orleans Residence
715 Dauphine Street is a house of many names: The Gardette-LePrete House, the House of the Turks, or even the Sultan House… You’ve probably given passed it and not given it a second thought, but there have been stories circulating about the history of this house for decades. Let’s take a closer look.
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The story begins in 1836 when this Joseph Coulton Gardette, a dentist from Philadelphia built the house on Dauphine Street.
He sold the house to Jean Baptiste LaPrete, a wealthy plantation owner in 1839. LaPrete used the residence as a second home to spend the cooler months, when he wasn’t needed at his plantation for harvesting crops. During the Civil War LaPrete fell on hard times and decided to rent the home to make some extra money.
Prince Suleyman, a Turkish man who claimed to be a sultan of a middle eastern country, rented the property from LaPrete.
Immediately after moving in, new locks were installed on all of the doors, windows were blocked, and the house was completely redecorated. Suleyman brought several woman, family members, children, and servants to the new home. Turkish guards patrolled the house regularly, and no one was allowed on the property without Suleyman’s approval. I'm sure he was everyone's favorite neighbor...
Every night the house would come alive.
Suleyman was known for his extravagant parties that filled the house with music, dancing, and incense. So much incense that it was reported that the scent filled the neighborhood.
One morning, a neighbor was passing by and noticed that the house seemed unusually quiet.
No guards were around, and the front gate, which was always locked, had been left open. Feeling that something was off, the neighbor went through the gate and what he saw as he approached the house was positively gruesome.
Blood was dripping down the stairs and even oozing from underneath the front door.
When the police arrived on the scene, they were horrified. Body parts were scattered all over the house and the floor was soaked with blood. Everyone in the house had been dismembered; women, children, servants, and even the guards had all been slaughtered, beheaded, and dismembered.
But there was one person unaccounted for—the sultan himself.
That is, until police were leaving. Something caught the eye of one of the policemen as they were walking through the courtyard and that’s when they saw it—the sultan had been buried alive, with one hand reaching out of the dirt.
The killers were never identified, but there were a lot of speculations on who the culprits were.
Some speculated that pirates were to blame, but the way that these people were murdered didn’t really fit the pirate MO. After further investigation, it was discovered that Prince Suleyman wasn’t actually a sultan himself, but the brother of one. It was believed that Suleyman had stolen from his brother and then fled the country to start a new life. His brother tracked him down and executed him, along with everyone else in the house.
The house has had many owners over the years, but many believe that Suleyman remains, trapped between worlds. There have been reports of music coming from the house, disembodied voices, and the scent of incense around the area. Some people claim to have heard footsteps, screams, and even figures walking around. Some have claimed to have seen the sultan himself.
The "Sultan’s Palace" is a private residence, and you cannot go inside. There are, however, several ghost tours around the city that will pass by the area and tell you the chilling story.
Have you heard this story before? Let us know in the comments below!