“Take 100 of the most enthusiastic ghost hunters and ask them to name America’s Most Haunted City. Most will spring to their feet yelling, ‘New Orleans!’ “
(Richard Winer, “Haunted Houses”)


The name of “New Orleans” conjures up a succulent variety of images, from the soft sounds of jazz to whirring ceiling fans, wrought iron gates, and hot, spicy food. Along the swollen Mississippi River, the city dozes, only to come alive at night with the revelry of its people and the blare of music and laughter from Bourbon Street and the French Quarter.
These are the images of New Orleans that many people think of... but there is another side to the city as well, an underbelly and a darkness that is as carefully hidden as the gates to the small gardens which lurk between buildings in the Quarter. This dark side is there, just like the spectacular gardens and courtyards, but you have to know where to look for it. Even if you don’t see it though, it’s liable to sneak out at you and surprise you when you least expect it.
The dark side of New Orleans is as compelling as the chicory-laced coffee and the delicious “beignets” however.... it’s a dark side which is filled with the seductive images of voodoo, vampires and ghosts. Only in New Orleans could darkness and death seem so appealing!

But to truly understand the hauntings of a city, we must first explore its history. What events took place to cause the location to become so haunted? Why did so many ghosts lurk in New Orleans?
To understand this, we must take a strange and wonderful journey into New Orleans' past.....

Then, prepare yourself for a dark journey into one of the most haunted cities in America!


Take a trip back in time and discover the mysterious beginnings of the Crescent City!  NEW ORLEANS HISTORY: PART ONE

Continue your journey through the darkest history of the city in  HAUNTED NEW ORLEANS HISTORY: PART TWO.... Discover La Belle Epoque - The Civil War in New Orleans and the Unsolved Mystery of Huey Long!

Finally, embrace the rich culture of the "Big Easy" in HAUNTED NEW ORLEANS HISTORY: PART THREE ... and uncover the French Creole - The Cajuns - Mardi Gras and Carnival - Pirates - Casket Girls and Prostitutes & the Mob in New Orleans!

Discover the Unsolved Mystery of the NEW ORLEANS AXEMAN -- one of the most mysterious (and perhaps supernatural) menaces in American crime!


Long regarded as one of the most haunted houses in New Orleans, discover the dark and chilling tale of the MADAME LALAURIE MANSION .... this is not a tale for the faint of heart and we dare you to read the full-length version of the story in Troy Taylor's "Haunted New Orleans"!

Take a walk on the dark side and discover the  STRANGE HISTORY OF VOODOO IN NEW ORLEANS and the legacy of the most famous voodoo queen in the city, the infamous Marie Laveau!

Hold your breath and discover the mysterious  NEW ORLEANS WAY OF DEATH and the haunted and historic graveyards of the city!

Walk alongside the spirits of the Civil War at the legendary haunt called the BEAUREGARD-KEYES HOUSE .... former home of the Confederate general and a place where the dead may not rest in peace!

Journey to the  SULTAN'S PALACE... a place where brutal murder, a bloody massacre, torture and rape have left a haunting impression behind!

Experience the ghostly miracle of a beloved New Orleans figure, Pere Dagobert, at the famous ST. LOUIS CATHEDRAL, one of the great landmarks of the city.

Another set of spirits from the Civil War.. the terrifying ghosts of the Griffin House... forever BROTHERS IN ARMS

One of the strangest tales of New Orleans, first uncovered by Richard Winer! Discover the weird and disturbing tale from Royal Street, that of
 MADAME MINEURECANAL...a chilling phantom from the past!


Copyright 2000 by Troy Taylor. All Rights Reserved

Sources and Bibliography:
For a complete listing see the book "Haunted New Orleans" by Troy Taylor