Sunday, October 26, 2014

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Ghost of the French Opera House in New Orleans

New Orleans has a reputation for ghosts. One such ghost is known as the “Witch of the French Opera House.” She has been around for over a hundred years.

She has long, wild white hair that trails behind her on the street. Her huge eyes are red, and tears stream from them. A white shroud covers her. You wouldn't want to run into her unless you'd had a couple of hurricanes at Pat O,Brien's Bar. Then you'd be like: "Hey, girlfriend, what's up with that hair?"

In life, the ghost was supposedly an aging Madam in Storyville, who had taken a young lover. (You know, that rarely works out well.) Naturally, the younger lover found someone else. The Madam, who was heartbroken, killed herself. Of course, before she died, she vowed would return and have her revenge. Why she didn't do it before she killed herself, don't ask me. 

Then her vengeful spirit returned. (They need to do this on an episode of Supernatural.) She went to a boarding house where she broke bad and killed her former lover as well as his new ladylove. The Madam didn’t stop there. She wanted to kick ass all over the place. She allegedly killed all the occupants of the boarding house and servants as well.

Legend has it that her ghost would emerge from the French Opera House, which was located on the corner of Bourbon and Toulouse until it burned in 1919. She walked Toulouse and Royal en route to the corner of Royal and Dumaine where the boarding house once stood. Locals still claim to see her wandering down Royal, Toulouse, and sometimes St. Ann. So, if you're in the French Quarter this Halloween, keep an eye out for her!

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25 comments:

Joely Bogan said...

I am not sure that I would be able to say anything to her.. I am a big chicken. BUT I might as her "why do you do the things you do? You need to let it go and rest .. LOL joelybogan@aol.com .. thanks for the chance

Patricia Preston said...

Thanks for stopping by, Joely! There's nothing like a woman scorned!

DeeLancaster said...

I suppose I can't really blame her for being angry but taking a new, even younger lover would have been better revenge. And more fun. Great post.

Patricia Preston said...

You are right, Dee!

Jean MP said...

Great post, I have often wondered why they killed themselves instead of getting revenge, I would think they could do more damage in real life than as a ghost.
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Patricia Preston said...

Thanks for stopping by, Jean!

Cindy Franks said...

Great post!

Melissa Snark said...

Patricia,
You're right. That would make an awesome episode of Supernatural. Thanks so much for sharing one of New Orlean's scary stories with us, and also for taking part in the Halloween Hop! :-)

Patricia Preston said...

Cindy: Glad you came by!

Patricia Preston said...

Thanks Melissa for all your hard work in putting this together!

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Krysykat said...

Wow, creepy legend.

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bn100 said...

That was nice

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Patricia Preston said...

Hi Ashley! Glad you are participating!

Patricia Preston said...

Krysykat: Yes, I thought it was interesting. Glad you stopped by!

Patricia Preston said...

bn100: So glad you signed up for the newsletter!

Phaedra Seabolt said...

Thanks for being a part of the hop. The scarf is pretty!
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Patricia Preston said...

Phaedra: Glad you came by! Will have a drawing for the scarf this weekend!

MsAwesome said...

You had me at dashing captain... but way before that you got my attention at with the tale of that scary lady. Why do they have to kill innocent people? I mean, I guess I understand hurting the young man but the new love? What did she do but follow her heart? tsk tsk.. shame on you crazy ghost lady!!
JoannaM

Patricia Preston said...

Joanna: Thanks for coming by and ghosts just tend to pick on anyone I guess!! Glad you like "dashing captain". That's Jesse!

Kate Warren said...

Cool. You'd think she would have gotten over it by now though.

Patricia Preston said...

Kate: Hi! Glad you came by!

Tia Dalley said...

I can't blame her for being mad, BUT, killing yourself over a guy won't do anyone any good. Sounds like she got revenge. I would freak out if I saw a ghost that looked like that. I love her story. They should make a movie about her.

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Sheryl Hayes said...

Fascinating legend. This definitely should be an episode of Supernatural.

Patricia Preston said...

Tia: I agree. Why kill yourself?? Just do him...

Sheryl: Sam and Dean could take of it!