Six of the most haunted houses in the U.S.

  • Six of the most haunted houses in the U.S.

    LaLaurie Mansion, New Orleans

    LaLaurie Mansion in the French Quarter was home to Dr. Louis LaLaurie and his wife Delphine beginning in 1832. Known for lavish parties, they were among the most respected members of the community. But they had a dark and horrible secret: An attic torture chamber where Madame LaLaurie performed ghastly and often fatal medical experiments on slaves. The souls of the tortured, particularly that of a young girl, are said to appear regularly and cause owners great misfortune.

    Madame LaLaurie's reputation continues to attract visitors to the spooky home, and it's likely more will come after seeing actress Kathy Bates play the role this season on FOX's "American Horror Story."

    The home itself is owned by investors now, after its most recent owner, actor Nicholas Cage, lost it to foreclosure after purchasing it in 2009.

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