The evils perpetrated by notorious New Orleans slave owner Delphine LaLaurie have been discussed many times on Listverse, quite rightly singling her out as one of history’s most evil women.

Horror curse trivia: Portrait of Delphine LaLaurie
Horror curse trivia: Portrait of Delphine LaLaurie

It is no surprise, then, that the unspeakable crimes she committed have catapulted her into the realms of dark folklore and urban legend.

In the 1990’s, the residents of an apartment building which stands on the spot that LaLaurie’s infamous chamber of horrors once stood decided to pool their assets and brighten up the communal spaces with some nice new artworks. What better way could there be to achieve this goal than to commission local artist Ricardo Pustanio to paint them a portrait of a notable local celebrity. Who could this be?

Louis Armstrong? Truman Capote? DJ Khaled…even though he wasn’t famous yet? No, they chose a lovely, cheery portrait of Madame Delphine LaLaurie.

And, wouldn’t you know it, it turned out to be haunted! Cue a series of bone-chilling encounters with the ghost of LaLaurie, culminating in the portrait being taken down, covered up and stored away securely. Maybe pick a nicer subject for the communal art next time, perhaps a jolly picture of a smiling clown?

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