The Delphine Painting is allegedly one of the most haunted paintings in the world. It has caused so much terror and supernatural phenomenon, the current owner has locked it away in an unknown location to protect people. A demon supposedly haunts this painting, taking on the form of an abusive slave owner of long ago named Delphine Lalaurie. Those who view the painting are overcome with some sort of darkness. Their chest becomes knotted and heavy as unsettling emotions fester within their psyche. Those who look upon the Delphine Painting are never the same.
The woman in the portrait, Madame Delphine Lalaurie, was a well known social butterfly in New Orleans during the early 19th century. Being a wealthy aristocrat, she indulged in a lavish decadent lifestyle. The Madam loved to host parties with all the most popular and famous aristocratic people of the time in attendance.
Then one fateful day in 1854 there was a kitchen fire in Madam Delphine’s patrician home. The inferno spread quickly. Some who witnessed the fire ran into the mansion bravely in an attempt to save the occupants. The Lalaurie were owners of many slaves who were locked inside the house, this was well known, people intent on rescuing the innocent slave families asked Delphine for the keys to free them from their locked places of residence within, but Madam Lalaurie refused them in a gross and insulting manner. Appalled, the bystanders ignored anymore of the cruel woman’s protests and kicked down the doors to the slave apartments. What they found was even worse than Madame Delphine’s lack of interest for her slave’s safety and was described as “too incredible for human belief.” There were torture dens that modern horror movie gore porn seems soft when in comparison. Seven people were discovered horribly mutilated. Decaying corpses protruded from a hole in the floor. Some had been hung from the ceiling, their skin flayed, ripped, and pulled wide and thin. Their limbs were torn off and stretched in grotesque ways. The slaves hardly resembled anything human. Many were in very painful positions, iron spiked collars forced on their necks, greatly reducing head mobility. Slaves’ backs were ripped and torn from countless thrashings, leaving the leathery scar tissue protruding and in some cases bones visibly poking out. Here’s a quote from one of the witnesses:
“Language is powerless and inadequate to give a proper conception of the horror which a scene like this must have inspired.”
Later it was revealed that the fire had been started on purpose. The household cook was chained extremely close to a blazing hot fire, and in a moment of despair, the cook concluded that it was better they all burned together than suffer under Madame Lalaurie’s sadistic torment any longer. It must be a miserable existence beyond comprehension to prefer burning to death over living another day.
The Madam had a reputation for grace and high culture among the upper-class socialites of New Orleans. Despite her classy persona, there were some who had suspected hidden secrets of a malevolent nature concerning the slave owner. The repulsive appearances of her tortured slaves had been seen by neighbors on occasion, and a local lawyer had even warned Madame Lalaurie if evidence was found she’d been performing illegal cruel treatment upon her slaves then they’d be confiscated from her and re-sold by the state. However, nothing could stop the Madam and her sick pleasures. A neighbor once saw Delphine Lalaurie chase a
It seems like a story from a horror movie but no- this all very much happened. Over a hundred years later, skulls and bones were still being found randomly on the ruins of the Madam’s property. How people didn’t stop this insane slave master sooner is beyond me. In her mind, the inflicting of intense physical pain and mutilation upon those she deemed her property was completely normal. After the fire when the Madam was confronted for her grotesque treatment of the slaves she couldn’t even comprehend that she’d done anything wrong. Not soon after, Delphine Lalaurie was chased out of town by an angry mob. She fled to France for sanctuary, unable to understand why the people of New Orleans had turned against her. Her home and property were destroyed by the vengeful mob, her name becoming synonymous with cruelty and evil. Delphine Lalaurie died in exile, living the rest of her life in quiet seclusion and never being brought to justice for her crimes against humanity.
Centuries later, the Madam’s former property was renovated in the
One dark entity above all became prominent after the portrait was placed in the building, and this is the entity most associated with the supernatural encounters concerning the painting. According to some, it’s the soul of Madame Lalaurie herself. Others have claimed it’s a demon. Though the most interesting speculation is that the entity is the amalgamation of the tortured slaves who died by the Madam’s hand manifesting as a single being. Maybe all three could be true. Reports of supernatural activity
The artist who painted the portrait said he never intended such darkness to be attached to his painting, and had no supernatural occurrences happen while he painted it. He even made other versions of the portrait of