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Behind this door, Delphine Lalaurie tortured and murdered tens of people. No such foul play was suspected of New Orleans socialite Lalaurie, until a fire at her establishment revealed a darker side to Royal Street. A bystander broke into the abode to assist with evacuation to discover a horrific scene: standers responding to the fire attempted to enter the slave quarters to ensure that everyone had been evacuated. Upon being refused the keys by the LaLauries, the bystanders broke down the doors to the slave quarters and found "seven slaves, more or less horribly mutilated ... suspended by the neck, with their limbs apparently stretched and torn from one extremity to the other", is what the civilian reported to the post. The fire itself was an attempted suicide attempt by another slave, who preferred a fiery death to the punitive measures of Lalaurie in one of her upstairs torture chambers. The corner still emulates a sickening energy: taking this photo made Steph sick to the stomach, a sensation that didn't subside until we were a block away....


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