Haunted French Quarter Tour: The Sultan’s Palace
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Also known as The Sultan’s House. This monstrous abode was home to the most gruesome slayings in New Orleans’ history.
This home is considered Greek Revival and was purchased in 1839 by Jean Baptiste LaPrete to be used as a vacation home. He purchased it from a dentist named Joseph Coulton Gardette who had constructed it in 1836. LaPrete was a businessman and while he wasn’t occupying the home, wanted a renter. A very rich man from Turkey became that renter and he moved in with a lot of fan fair, an entourage that featured a harem and a few eunuchs.
The man claimed to be the brother of a sultan, but had enough money to be the sultan himself.
The women of the harem he brought with him were rumored to be stolen from his brother, the sultan. Debauchery was the only term that could best describe the lifestyle of the Turk. The house was said to be full of attractive men and women, orgies were commonplace and the use of opium was widespread throughout the house. It was even rumored that the house was stuffed full of treasure, all stolen from the brother, the Sultan.
It is said though, that the brother finally got his revenge, when one morning a gruesome scene was discovered by a neighbor. Blood was pooling from the house and a scene of carnage lay inside, bodies ripped apart, blood, body parts and internal organs were strewn all over the house. Every person in the household had been chopped to pieces. But, the worst had been reserved for the brother, who had been buried alive in his garden.
The house had been ransacked and everything of worth had been taken, making other’s speculate that it might have been pirates who had heard rumors of the wealth of the Turk. But, I believe it was the Turks’ brother, bent to retrieve his stolen wealth…