Once owned by actor Nicholas Cage, the home’s old-fashioned façade still keeps its secrets, especially those surrounding the atrocities committed by its mistress close to 200 years ago.
The three-storied home at 1140 Royal Street (Rue Royale) in the French Quarter is presently for sale for a cool $2.9 million, but for many years it stood empty and ruined. It was only back during 1832 when it was just newly built for its owners, Dr. and Madame LaLaurie that it was as beautifully furnished as it is now.
For two years Delphine LaLaurie, a Creole socialite, hosted lavish soirees that were attended by all the prominent citizens in New Orleans; however all that changed on a spring afternoon on April 10th, 1834 when an old Negress cook set a fire in the kitchen. Neighbors rushed in to save valuables, including the slaves and what they found confirmed their suspicions beyond their worse expectation.
A possible death penalty looms on the horizon for a woman accused of the robbery, mutilation and death of a local psychic and her daughter.
Almost five years ago in a small stucco house on Bird Ave in Little Saigon, Tanya Nelson and her accomplice Philippe Zamora allegedly consummated their plans to rob and murder Ha Jade Smith and her daughter Anita Nhi Vo.
It all began when Smith, unable to return Nelson’s lover to her through her psychic powers had advised her she couldn’t change reality. Nelson then allegedly recruited Zamora as a hitman and accomplice, and both traveled across the United States to exact revenge, but according to the Orange County Register Smith’s family and investigators believe the killers were also after the money and jewelry kept in the house.
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