Louisiana

The Rougarou

IMG_5332.PNG

For centuries, the Cajun people of Southern Louisiana have told tales of a vicious werewolf-like creature from the swamp— The Rougarou.

Half-man, half-wolf, the beast purportedly stalks the swamps, fields and outskirts of Louisiana towns searching for prey… for which he knows well, because he is likely a member of these human communities by day…

Hear the legend, folklore and history of this vicious beast now on our Patreon member-ony series “Southern Gothic: The Monsters”

Birth of a City: New Orleans, Part III

This episode of Southern Gothic is the third in the three-part series "Birth of a City: New Orleans," a story that chronicles the inception of a great American city and the legends that evolved with it.

Part III: The Infamous Madame Delphine LaLaurie

On April 10, 1863 a fire broke out in the home of Creole socialite Madam Delphine LaLaurie; but as men rushed to save the lavish French Quarter mansion, they had no idea of the horrors they would uncover inside.  Madame LaLaurie and her husband had been brutally and inhumanely torturing their slaves.

A massive public uproar erupted and news of the vicious crimes of this Creole Queen spread across America rapidly; yet some scholars believe there may be more to this story than has been told in the portrayal of this historical figure, and it might even be possible that the infamous socialite may have survived without punishment for her crimes, making her one of the most infamous figures of New Orleans’s vast underbelly of legends and lore.

Theme music for "Birth of a City: New Orleans" was written and performed by Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Adam Wright.

Additional narration by Justin Drown of Obscura: A True Crime Podcast.  

Visit SouthernGothicMedia.com for news, notes and access to special members-only episodes.

The Lost City of Frenier

The Lost City of Frenier

In 1915 a vicious hurricane cut through Southeastern Louisiana causing massive destruction in its ravenous wake.  The storm surge topped 12 feet and the hurricane’s devastating winds swept through at 145 mph, leaving almost 300 dead.  Yet nowhere was the storm’s wrath more apparent than the small settlement of Frenier.

Ghosts of the Myrtles Plantation

Ghosts of the Myrtles Plantation

Legend says General David Bradford had a price put on his head by President George Washington for his role in the Whiskey Rebellion, that’s why he fled down south and built a plantation for himself in the Spanish part of Louisiana. Bradford went on to live out his days as a wealthy planter, but the legacy of the home he built has evolved into what is today known as the Myrtles Plantation — America’s most haunted home.