Birth of a City: New Orleans, Part I

In 2018, the City of New Orleans celebrated it’s 300th Anniversary. What was once a small French outpost at the mouth of the Mississippi River, is now a thriving American city with it’s own unique culture and vibrant traditions.


This episode of Southern Gothic is the first in a three-part series chronicling the inception of the The Crescent City and takes a tour through the haunted history and legends that have evolved with it.

Part I: The Casket Girls

In 1721 the French founded the city of New Orleans, but development was slow, so the city's leaders requested young women of marriageable age to be sent to the young colony.  Unfortunately, little is known about the origins of these women, who some believe may have been the first vampires to immigrate to the New World.  Women, who have become known as "The Caskett Girls."

Theme music for "Birth of a City: New Orleans" was written and performed by Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Adam Wright. Additional narration by Donna Elwin of the podcast A Paranormal Chicks.