Sunday, May 27, 2012

The Ghost Of Muriel's Restaurant

I shot this with my Looxcie Cam while on a haunted history tour of New Orleans. Muriel's restaurant, located in the French Quarter of New Orleans in the shadow of St. Louis Cathedral, is reputed to be heavily haunted. Originally, a structure stood on the property that was used to hold slaves as they came off the boats, before going up for auction. Jean Baptiste Destrehan purchased the property, tore down the modest structures and built a magnificent home upon it. In 1776 Pierre Phillipe de Marigny purchased the residence and used it as one of his "city homes" for when he came into town from his plantation on the outskirts of the town, On March 21, 1788, the Great New Orleans Fire started on Good Friday and burned 856 of the 1,100 structures in the French Quarter, including a portion of the mansion. Pierre Antoine Lepardi Jourdan purchased the building from Marigny and restored the home to its original grandeur. A compulsive gambler, he wagered his beloved home in a poker game in 1814 and lost. The shock of the loss was so intense, before having to vacate the premises and hand over his beloved treasure, he tragically committed suicide on the second floor. Pierre Antoine Lepardi Jourdan is reputed to haunt Muriel's as a sparkly light wandering around the lounge. He reportedly is known to throw glasses across the lounge if a token offering of bread and wine is not put out in his honor.

The tour guide in this video seems to be confused on the name of the ghost involved. He refers to him as Phillipe Devereux and says he was the son of the man who restored the mansion. This, according the current owners of Muriel's, is not the case. The person who restored and subsequently lost the mansion to a gambling debt was Pierre Antoine Lepardi Jourdan. The guide most likely confused the lineage of owners and replaced "Destrehan" and "Devereaux" as well. The tour guide also mentions that the building once served as a school, but the official history of Muriel's does not mention this.

View the video for yourself, as the guide does tell the story well, even though he gets some of the finer details wrong. 

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