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The Vampire Legends of New Orleans

An ominous sign beckons onlookers to take a tour of New Orleans' rich vampire history.

An ominous sign beckons onlookers to take a tour of New Orleans' rich vampire history.

The Big Easy

New Orleans is an eerie place. It's Gothic in one sense and dangerous in another. The city has a rich and colorful history and is the perfect place for scouting out the supernatural. New Orleans boasts a whole host of vampire, cemetery, voodoo, and ghost tours, which often last as long as two hours. It is known as one of the most haunted cities in America.

I have gone on a vampire tour in the French Quarter, so I'll share with you the details. Why? Because being frightened is better when you can share the experience, release the fanciful fright of the mind, and purge the imagination of terror by terrorizing the imaginations of others. Join me on a journey to uncover the epic legends behind New Orleans' most famous vampires.

What Are the Most Famous Vampire Legends of New Orleans?

Vampire legends are an important part of New Orleans' history. Join me as I explore the following famous blood drinkers.

  1. Count Saint Germain and Jacques Saint Germain
  2. John and Wayne Carter
  3. The Casket Girls of New Orleans
The Count Saint Germain: "The man who knows everything and who never dies."

The Count Saint Germain: "The man who knows everything and who never dies."

1. The Count Saint Germain and Jacques Saint Germain

Count Saint Germain

Vampire stories stretch back to France in the illustrious 1700s when there was a mysterious man who charmed the courts of Europe. The Comte de Saint Germain was a very strange, extraordinary, and enigmatic character. He was a master of the piano and the violin, could converse in six different languages, and his skills as a conversationalist were unrivaled (a skill that is, nowadays, a lost art). He also composed music, including arias and solo work for the violin.

His wealth was unfathomable: He carried gems around in his clothing, and no one knew how he came into such wealth. No one knew anything about his family, where he came from, or who he was. He did, according to some accounts, claim to be a son of Francis II Rakoczi, Prince of Transylvania.

One of his greatest passions was alchemy, and he was believed to have an extraordinary talent for maintaining his youth. Perhaps it was his vast knowledge of cosmetics and herbs that kept him young. The philosopher Voltaire called him "the man who knows everything and who never dies." No one really knew his true age. He looked about 40 in all of his portraits and continued to appear so for over half a century.

Although he was charming, engaging, and graced the dinner tables of many dukes and kings, no one had ever seen him eat anything. He would only sip his wine, exquisitely, and ramble on about everything from history to chemistry.

There was much speculation about the Count’s lineage and immense wealth, which resulted in the development of many myths and legends about his background. He is considered by some to have mastered immortality, as many have claimed to have seen him since his death in 1784.

Jacques Saint Germain

Fast forward to New Orleans, Louisiana, and there appears a man by the name of Jacques Saint Germain in the early 20th century. He fits every description of the Comte above: Around 40 years of age with heavy money bags, the most fascinating of dinner guests, and still a complete mystery.

He would throw lavish parties and invite the elite, and everyone would sit enraptured in the conversation and food. But, curiously enough, this Jacques would never eat a morsel—only sip his wine.

One night, several months after moving to New Orleans, he had a lady stay a bit late. Out on his balcony (at the corner of Ursuline and Royal Streets), this Saint Germain grabbed her and tried to bite her neck. She escaped by falling from the balcony and then reported the incident to the police.

When the police came to investigate, Jacques Saint Germain had vanished. They searched his apartment and found tablecloths with large splotches of blood on them. They searched the kitchen, where they found no sign of food or evidence that food had ever been there. All they found were bottles of wine, and, after pouring themselves a glass, drinking it, and then spitting it out, they discovered that it was not only wine in those bottles—it was wine mixed with human blood.

It is unclear whether the Count Saint Germain and Jacques are the same person, but believers speculate that they are. To this day, the mysterious figure of the Count Saint Germain has his own occult following, from theosophists to complete way-out-there mystics.

Although he allegedly died in the year 1784, no one saw his death, and some claim to have seen him many years afterward. Nevertheless, he disappeared from court life. (I would, too, if I knew that the French Revolution was coming, which some people claim he had foreseen.)

Anne Rice, famous author of vampire fiction novels such as "Interview With the Vampire," often places her characters in creepy New Orleans locations, such as Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 (pictured above).

Anne Rice, famous author of vampire fiction novels such as "Interview With the Vampire," often places her characters in creepy New Orleans locations, such as Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 (pictured above).

2. John and Wayne Carter

In terms of murder rates, New Orleans ranks among the highest. It has always been a notorious place for missing persons—that is, it is a place where people just disappear, and no one ever knows what happened to them. The blood of the French, Spanish, Indian, African, Creole, and English all mix together here, where the mosquito is not so picky. Nor, perhaps, are other creatures.

John and Wayne Carter were brothers. They seemed to be normal in every aspect—they both had normal labor jobs down by the river and lived in the French Quarter. It was the 1930s during the Great Depression, and times were hard, so a man worked all he could.

One day, a girl was reported to have escaped from the Carter brothers' apartment and run to the authorities. Her wrists were cut—not enough to cause immediate death, but enough to cause her blood to drain slowly over the next several days. The policemen ran to the Carters' third-story apartment and found four other people tied to chairs with their wrists sliced in the same fashion. Some had been there for many days.

The story was that the brothers had abducted these people in order to drink their blood at the end of every day when they came home from work. Police also found about 14 dead bodies. The cops waited for the brothers to return, and when they did, it took 7 or 8 of them to hold down the two average-sized men.

A few years later, when the Carters were finally executed, their bodies were placed in a New Orleans vault. Cemeteries in New Orleans are quite picturesque—not only are they more ornate than the rest of the nation's, but they inter many generations of one family inside one vault. The remains sift down into the bottom of the vault, and when it is all rubble, a new body is slid inside.

Many years after the Carter brothers' death, when they were placing another Carter in the family vault, they discovered the vault was completely empty—no John or Wayne. They were gone.

To this day, many sightings have occurred in the French Quarter that match the descriptions of these two brothers almost exactly. Years later, an owner of their apartment saw two figures that matched their descriptions outside on the balcony, whispering to each other. Both figures jumped off the top of the third-story balcony and took off running.

The legend goes that if a vampire drinks your blood seven nights in a row, then and only then can you become a vampire. Some of those found in the Carter brothers' apartment had been there for more than seven days. One warped fellow named Felipe went on to become a notorious serial killer. And, of course, he would do more than just kill his victims; he was believed to drink the blood of all 32 of his victims.

The "casket girls" came to New Orleans from France in the 18th century.

The "casket girls" came to New Orleans from France in the 18th century.

3. The Casket Girls of New Orleans

During the colonization of New Orleans, France was having a hard time convincing women to make the voyage. This was mostly due to the fact that the men originally sent were thieves, murderers, and culprits of every type and cast (not to mention Louisiana's snakes, alligators, mosquitoes, and humidity).

Eventually, some women were sent. Some sources say they were nuns, while others say they were prostitutes, but nevertheless, a few of them made it. Many of them snuck off the ship in Mobile, Alabama, when they ported there and were told what type of riffraff they would be tricked into marrying if they stayed on board.

Historically, these women were referred to as “casquette girls,” in reference to the small chests in which they carried their clothing in other belongings.

However, the legend goes that these girls had the most interesting luggage, shaped like little coffins. So, to the dismay of the men of New Orleans, all that arrived in New Orleans were 300 of these coffin-like suitcases. Some stories say they were empty, and some say they contained the undead.

These suitcases were reportedly stored in the attic of a convent in the French Quarter, where they still sit behind windows that are nailed shut because they have a strange habit of just opening by themselves.

Years later, in 1978, two amateur reporters demanded that the convent's priest let them in to see these coffins. The priest, of course, denied their entrance, so one night these two men climbed over a wall with their recording equipment and set up their workstation. The next morning, the reporters' equipment was found strewn about on that street outside, and there, on the convent's front steps, were found the almost decapitated bodies of these two men. 80% of their blood was gone. To this day, this unsolved crime baffles investigators.

However, research indicates that these legends are completely unsupported by historical evidence. It is unclear how or when the myth of the "casket girls" began, but the story continues to haunt tourists and believers to this day.

Such are the stories that were told to me and the reason it was hard for me to get to sleep. We were also shown certain settings of the movie Interview with a Vampire, based on the vampire books of Anne Rice, which was set in New Orleans.

Are Vampires Real?

Clinical vampirism has been recognized as a neurological disease in which those with symptoms drink human blood, believing it to be beneficial for their health. Psychologists have said that symptoms begin with incidences in childhood that draw a sexual connection to the ingestion of blood. This interest in blood results in the individual drinking their own blood, and eventually that of other humans or animals.

Real Vampire Communities in New Orleans

John Edgar Browning, a Ph.D. candidate at Louisiana State University, conducted research in New Orleans that determined there were about 50 individuals who identified as vampires living in New Orleans alone. Many of the “real” vampires of New Orleans have fangs or are nocturnal. Research has indicated that these markers are cultural, but the vampires insist they are biological.

Another study by the Atlanta Vampire Alliance reported about 5,000 of these individuals in the United States.

However, clinical vampirism, also sometimes called Renfield’s syndrome, has not been recognized by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Those who self-identify as vampires even have their own organization in New Orleans, known as the New Orleans Vampire Association, or NOVA. The organization accepts all paradigms, or denominations of sorts, of those who identify as vampires.

The New Orleans Vampire Association

NOVA is governed by a council, which is comprised of members of seven “houses” that serve as sects of denominations reflecting various aspects of NOVA’s community values.

Browning’s research involved extensive time spent at NOVA meetings, from which he observed that the members were predominantly Caucasian. There were near equal numbers of men and women, and the members were between the ages of 18 and 50.

The association was formed in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans. Members participate in charitable events, such as serving food to the homeless and hosting silent auctions. However, their website is not currently maintained, and it's unclear whether they are still in operation.


A true fan of the originals on May 02, 2020:

I'm telling u... it's all real. Vampires are REAL. The originals are REAL. People are not so sure because the vampires cover their tracks.

Rosita on February 24, 2020:

I don't really know i should believe on vampires or not i'm confused i just wanna meet them atleast one time please don't think that i'm phsyco or something but if just if any vampire is seeing this I'm not a threat I Know about u i just wanna meet after that u can compele me or something like that i live in pakistan sadiqabad i wanna see u vampires tell me i'm right please

KatherinePierce009 on February 20, 2020:

I've seen on in a dream and in an alley way. [Don't ask me what I was doing in an alley way

CynthiaVampireLover on February 20, 2020:

I've seen on in a dream and in an alley way. [Don't ask me what I was doing in an alley way]

Skyrim on January 29, 2020:

Believe, it’s true ..... I know of one...

Random 2 on January 05, 2020:

I feel the same way as the random guy did. I’m very intrigued

Random on December 01, 2019:

Well, I don't know much about supernatural related things, all I know is that its always interested me, and left me wondering what is real. and what are theories, I mean these theories must've come from somewhere. I know it's stupid but I watched the show on Netflix called Originals, and I understand to a certain point the things that they show have to be fake but the whole story is so intriguing. About the history of vampires and other supernatural creatures settled in the city of New Orleans and even though I've never been, reading about it makes me want to go and see for myself if there could a possibility that confirm the existence of vampires.

Silas777 on November 17, 2019:

It’s a great article! I think I’ll use these stories for the book i’m writing, New Orleans Stories of the Supernatural.

Misshaped on November 03, 2019:

I do not think it would be wise to say you are or aren't! I have always amagined of being one since I was very young. And to this day I still do.

Vampire101 on October 08, 2019:

Vampires are very real. I saw one before. I am one. It happened 3 years ago when I was in the woods at night.

Snowman on September 25, 2019:

Vampire or something like this legends does not exist come on people what becoems to you all

The Prince. on September 20, 2019:

Yes, vampires are real, i can tell you from my experiences as a vampire hunter. they are ruthless beings who will do anything to satiate their thirst for human blood. New Orleans and Scotland are the two most common places to find them.

Me on August 27, 2019:

Everyone wants to be a vampire like sunny drives to the beach aren't the best and regular human food isn't amazing. Who wants to sit in the dark and drink bloodwine all the time? Not worth the strength or mind control and I could do without living amongst idiots forever. 80-100 years is long enough lol

TT on May 17, 2019:

What was felipe’s Last name?

Jade on March 30, 2019:

I wanna see it for myself

petrova on February 21, 2019:

I just want to find one so that i can become one and so i can be strong.

Fan of original and vampire diary on February 09, 2019:

I don’t know if they’re real or not vampires but iit be very very interested to know if they are real. I know they are real life witches go spells and hex’s and voodoo by doing potions herbs and dolls but they don’t have magic and are also psychic to Cause deal with one or the orther for many yrs and my results they all come True and I pay for what I get but remember don’t ever do bad on someone because they’re always a price to pay at the end never happened to me but that’s what I was told so I do always good for myself. But like I said before if there are real vampires out there I would sure love to meet one..... But the question is is there one out there

William J. Fletcher on February 02, 2019:

Comté de Saint Germain did not leave court because he "Foresaw" the coming French revolution. He was at court to light the fires that started the French revolution. He is still a man of great conversational skill.

Eligamus on January 28, 2019:

I want to be a vampire. Everyone who supports me, write on

Nadia Petrova on January 11, 2019:

Police wouldn't be as informal as to drink the wine that was potential evidence? And surely having spat it out they wouldn't have known straight away that it was human blood? I am intrigued by these stories and I want to believe vampires exist, however this story just doesn't seem to make much sense.

M. K. on January 03, 2019:

6, Prytania St, New Orleans.

3: 56.


rdtrd on December 29, 2018:

you guys are all stupid

no one on December 29, 2018:

I want to find them one day just give me about 6 more years and I will uncover this mistory.

Infinite life on December 27, 2018:

If you were an immortal would you want to be found out. I know I would want to keep my existence a secret. Television and movies make it look fun and powerful. I wish I knew the real story.

find them on December 16, 2018:

Who wants to help me find real vampires? I'm trying tirelessly to do research but it's so hard coming up with anything but things proving they don't exist. But I won't give up, I want to be immortal and I will find them. Hopefully one day I can go to the french quarter myself. I'll do whatever it takes.

Caroline Forbes FAN on December 15, 2018:

Guys. After watching "The Originals" or "The Vampire Diaries" who doesn't want to be a hybrid or a werewolf or a witch or vampire? Because I'm researching things on vampires in the real world and I'm just getting let down but one day it will be true and I'm gonna be ready for it!!!

Julianna Vargas on November 14, 2018:

I wanna be a vampire and witch

Kelly on November 05, 2018:

i really want to become a vimpire

Kammy on October 29, 2018:

I would love to become a vampire

None of your business on September 11, 2018:

I think vamps are horrible monsters and need to be exterminated

I can’t because I’m still in school but that will probably end up being a hobby of mine.

Azar.Abbas on September 04, 2018:

Vampire fascination has declined significantly in the current decade, thus it's easier to uphold the masquerade.

sonit on August 23, 2018:

i want to become like that

Amaranthe Satsuko on August 16, 2018:

I'd like to find a vampire to speak with. I'm a wytch with my own business so I couldn't be one but I'd like to speak to one.

Jack on August 13, 2018:

To be honest, im a vampire myself. No, im not eternal or do i have extreame strength. I simply like to drink blood, and yes, real blood. Never lots of it, and its almost always my own blood. About 7 times has it been someone elses blood, but i stop when they say to.

Jolynn on August 08, 2018:

I would't want to be a vampire, the idea of killing people to live and for satisfaction triggers me. So for the people that want to be a vampire think about that. Think about the urge to want to rip out someone's jugular. Yes, eternal life sounds great but think about the killing. On the other hand I happen to think studying vampire's would be quite interesting, I never used to believe but reading, and coming up with theory's is really making my head spin,

Originals wannabes on July 30, 2018:

Aright look i know why u guys are here u seen the originals or the vampire diaries,lol its funny how this Mr guy is sounding like hes a vamp but C'mon man grow up

Taylor Reagan on July 18, 2018:

i want to be a vampire and i always want to be one

cenon turiano jr. from philippines on July 05, 2018:

i want to be a vampire please help me! i like eternal life

Bob on July 02, 2018:

if these coffins are in that building why don't the police investigate that lead and seek out that truth.with all these murders and disappearances.Why ?

Jacob Richards on June 26, 2018:

Okay now that I think about it, maybe vampires do exist. It’s just really difficult for me to wrap my mind around the idea. Like it’s not something you see everyday and it’s mysterious and I just don’t understand it and probably never will. I apologize to all of you are vampires, I apologize to those who believe that they’re real, I apologize to the entire vampire and vampire loving community.

unknown on June 06, 2018:

for all of those claiming to be vampires stop we all know your lying because I'm sure they wouldn't be commenting on a web page telling people what they are and for those of you who want to be vampires stop chances are your never going to be one if you see a vampire they will most likely kill you just be glad your human and you can go outside on a sunny day without turning to dust

kaite on May 31, 2018:

i would want to know more

Mr. on May 30, 2018:

Why do all you people want to be like "us" it is nothing like you think...

Vp Every day on May 25, 2018:

Hey you hunt, if your not one why try to incurring others to become one you have no idea what it's like.

fred greene on May 21, 2018:

real vampires don't drink blood they drink an etheric substance from humans,draining life force

coral clinch on May 10, 2018:

Mr. look me up on faceboook ill be looking for 2 a message from you that is it and that is all happy findings

hunt on May 05, 2018:

anyone who wants to become of those abominations is an idiot. Stay human its the purest form. Otherwise i might have to end your wretched existance

Lavalais on April 21, 2018:

To the "Mr" guy who claims to be a "vampire": STOP IT. I know for a FACT you are talking rubberish. Hmm.... Maybe you will be my next victim.

Why the run on sentences? Most of "us" are HIGHLY educated.

Collin_Holder on March 22, 2018:

you don't challenge the unknown

Renessime on January 19, 2018:

So you don't age, youll be the same age as you were even if your in a holding spell forever

Tony Lewis on January 19, 2018:

well Mr, if you are a Vampire as you say or have any insight into Vampires then please visit me as I would love to meet you or one of your kind, As other people have said, we believe in what we we see.

Yours Truly.


Tanishka on January 15, 2018:

I believe in vampires... I want to become one

Unknown101 on January 09, 2018:

I believe in these legends but to properly believe them i would need proof so I would want to see an actually vampire in real life because if not then all my believes are just stupid

unkown on December 28, 2017:

I want to know more about these unsettling creatures, recently ive been seeing a lot of shadows and I'm not sure whats going on. Ive been craving blood ever since I was little, everytime I got a cut I would like the taste of it against my lips. I'm sorry for this disturbing message but I want to know if they are real, where they are now how I can find them. Mr. Vampire, as you say, are you really a myth?

Elixiration on October 28, 2017:

Please, Mr. Vampire, I do believe you but I would feel a lot more certain if you used a little more punctuation. I am not being condescending or sarcastic. Thank you.

Edmund on September 26, 2017:

Dear Mr. I am working on a research paper on vampire history. I would love to talk to you and maybe get some insight.

Briseida on September 07, 2017:

Very impressed

Mr. on July 11, 2017:

Let's just say vampires are real and they do exist because they do just know that we are always watching and we do lurk and stay in the shadows but not always and we are not afraid of anything and if someone dare try to kill us then we will do some horrible things that you could ever imagine it will be like hell and i wont tell you who i am and and why am i telling you this right now but one more thing we are not goths we do not wear makeup that's stupid and we really hate people that they think their vampires because it's not funny their just wannabe vampires and we are nice and their are some mean vampires and we do make business and we make deals with the witches well that's all i could tell you

Nadia on May 24, 2017:

I believe... i want to become a vampire.

Bandana on May 06, 2017:

Nice all but I want to know how to do black magic

hallie on May 03, 2017:

i beileve that whether u want to or not things in our world exist and sometimes if not most beware what you wish for

ken on September 21, 2016:

Vampires in New Orleans sounds Great!

Sharon Jones on September 11, 2016:

My father is from New Orleans but I've never been there. I've heard stories though and I would love to go to these places and see for myself if they are true. I've always loved New Orleans and Vampires. I would love to visit where Anne Rice Lives and writes, she is my favorite vampire writer ever and knowing she's from New Orleans makes me want to go there even more.

Noah Valdez on July 07, 2016:

The world is still full of mysteries. You'll never know who and what you're gonna see.

ken on June 03, 2016:

Love New Orleans Vampires..keep the stories coming!!

Donnie Pierre on March 01, 2016:

Any real pictures of the brothers...? lol

Jeremy Bergeron on January 20, 2016:

I have done my research here (and abroad ) and the "supernatural" is nothing more than tourist folklore to make a buck. Please don`t get suckered in with "tour" guides who know nothing more than what they read. To much time and effort has already accumulated on research into this city and all I found was this type of subject is nothing more than profit over actual facts.

Mandy on January 01, 2016:

I used to be a street kid in New Orleans during the 90's. I was sleeping in a squat or abandoned house on a mattress, straight down esplanade on the other side or rampart. I was dosing off and went into sleep paralysis, I had a very strange dream that little slave boys were chasing me on an old dusty farm, all the while I could feel lips on the back of my neck. There wasn't any pain or marks, but whatever happened wasn't just any old spell of sleep paralysis. I don't know maybe it was a ghost or something. It is a very strange place indeed.

Monique.G. on July 21, 2015:

I think that we will never really know what is really out there but I have experienced things in life that I would like to never experience again. However, a few months before Katrina hit, I was out with two friends out on bourbon st and I had parked my car by Red Rhino. I parked in that side street because that was the first bar we were going. That night like any other night I was not really drinking because I was the one driving, so I remember very well til this day where I parked. But when we went to the car that night we couldn't find it. We walked around the block a few times before finding the car right where I had parked and we had walked by it at least 3 times. We all just looked at each other like .. WTF?!! Whatever happened it was very weird. I never told anyone and we never talked about it. I remember walking those streets and not seeing one single person but felt eyes on me and dark energy all around. I moved back to FL and not too long ago, I met someone who went there and they told my same story. How they went around and around looking for their car and couldn't find it after walking by it many times. Whatever that was it was creepy.

TheOGK on May 26, 2015:

Reading all of this , the first guy that only sipped his wine and never ate , really reminds me of Klaus michealson from the originals as well as Rebekka michealson as a member of the casket girls ... And also the carter brothers , bare very close resemblance to damon and stephan salvatore from the vampire diaries ... They could of made these shows based on these legends but I don't know about you whenever I read stories of the carter brothers as well as the other guy , I keep picturing their faces (Klaus,Damon,stephan) .. I have never been to new orleans but watching the originals , the french quarter looks so familiar to me ... Guess I'm just obsessed .. With the show not the vampires hehe

Lacey on February 26, 2015:

I need more info on the Carter brothers and I can't even find documentation on there execution can anyone help?

Niklaus on December 05, 2014:

How dare u all to speak like this

C. Jackosn on November 24, 2014:

Oh this story is indeed true, almost accurate. The Count did enjoy a stay in New Orleans at the turn of the century, he intended to stay longer however there were incidents that prevented that from happening.

Samanthakhaos on June 25, 2014:

Vampires are very real...and we're everywhere.

Seer13 on April 15, 2014:

I visited New Orleans a few years back. I never went on any of the tours but I watched them meet on Bourbon St. in front of Lafitte's blacksmith shop bar. I had plenty of time to explore the city on my own, especially the FQ. Visiting NOLA for me was a strange mix of Nostalgia and Déjà Vu. I found the city to be very familiar, even though it was my first time visiting. I sensed a darkness throughout the FQ but it was an elegant, beautiful darkness that connected with on many levels.

I was staying in a hotel that was very close to the FQ in the business district. I had made a note the there were no balconies, fire escapes or walk ways on my first few trips in and out. One night after I had been out exploring in the FQ I came back and climbed into bed. I was awakened an hour or so later by a very pronounced and distinct tapping on my window. It really frightened me as it was impossible that anyone could have gotten up three stories as there was no means to do so. I sat frozen in my bed in disbelief and then it happened again. Now I was paralyzed with fear. I lay there waiting for another noise, but none came and soon I was asleep again.

In the morning I checked the window and it was impossible to open. Still I never got over the fright of the tapping on my hotel room window and can only imagine what it might have been that had followed me back to my hotel that night.

Instead of a cut and dried explanation of what might or might not be in NOLA, I would instead describe it as Scat Man Crothers did in The Shining. That some people and places have the shine to them and some don't. NOLA has the shine indeed. It's a special place where time folds in on itself, revealing some very interesting mysteries for those that have eyes to see.

j.adams on February 16, 2014:

My shall we say lifetimes umong my kind is very unique.although are greatest talent would be that humans simply refuse to accept the fact we do exist and that being is how we survive.

Aztecbone on December 30, 2013:

I have been to Transylvania and they have some smaller villages that do still believe Vampires are a threat to them. They go in at dark. Keep garlic on their doors, and do not go into the woods.

lestatstownhouse on December 29, 2013:

Does anyone else believe in the existence of Lestat?

Tea on December 07, 2013:

what do you all think

does the vampires exist?

Anonymous on June 29, 2013:

No legit vampire is going to admit to being a vampire, so to answer your question, not likely. I've lived in New Orleans almost a year, and I'm pretty sure I've spotted 5+ on different occasions (yes they can come out during the day). You have to know what to look for, though (no, I'm not getting into that). Some people just have a better ability than others to pick up on who is and who is not. There are many "posers/wannabe vampires" in NOLA. I don't have a problem with vampires, though. Aside for the obvious, they're just trying to live out their existence to the best of their ability, and, like humans, some are good, and some are evil.

sara on June 09, 2013:

so do vampires still exsist til this day? how hard would ti be for me to find one in new orleans?

Vampirebaby on April 06, 2013:

Hello everyone,

I am a baby of the vampire. Just letting you know vampire do exist because I do exist. I have very long fangs. Just be careful and do not say the wrong thing. I can not guarantee if you will live.


Vampireluv on April 06, 2013:

I believe in vampire. They are very scary. I would not mind have one as a boy toy. hahahhahahaah

Cathy Harrison on October 26, 2012:

This is Brian's (the author's) Mother.

I will try to be brief. And to the point, and not get all shook up. but Brian is no longer with us. He passed away a few years ago. No one knows why. I know that he was into some heavy stuff like this article.

He was found dead in his room, his face white, his eyes staring at something. Let this be a warning to you all. Do not intrude into things where you do not belong. If only he'd just leave these things alone, I would still have my son.

Beautiful Garbage from Louisiana on October 18, 2012:

I am from new orleans and have never heard of any of these legends or rumors, its quite interesting to find out events like this have taken place here. Thanks for the read...and it has quite inspired me.... :)

Mandy NL on July 26, 2012:

Dear Brian, I like your article but I must admit I liked the comments even better. There is more drama to be found in them than in Mexican soap series.

Joy on July 12, 2012:

I wish everyone would stop sayin that something doesn't exsit. I believe in vampires an many other things an hopefully soon I'll b goin to NO. I've lived n Louisiana all my life an there many things aren't explained but I've had my fair share of things many ppl say is bs. So keep believein there is nothing wrong with believein n something

Kristine on June 11, 2012:

I don't understand why all you paranormal believers are not all millionaires. The James Randi Educational Foundation has a Million Dollar Challenge - offering One Million dollars to anyone who can prove a paranormal ability or paranormal activity. Why aren't these tour directors with all their "proof" lining up to accept their prize?

Use your brains and believe only what makes sense and what you can test and know to be true.

Brad on June 05, 2012:

The man you speak of in France and N.O. is Cartaphilus not a vampire.

Alan on March 27, 2012:

Please don't be suckered by this hype. This is not to say that vampires, in one form or another, do not exist. But I have researched this topic extensively and could find nothing in police reports, hospital records, notarial records, or any other archives that would support the tour's contentions.

Xeo on February 28, 2012:

I have seen some crazy shit in my time......but the tour seems to be just a nice gimmick and i have nothing against the nice folks down there that run it but i think that this whole thing is kinda nuts... if you would like to know what i have seen that is kinda strange over the years.... well hear is my email.

Isabella on January 23, 2012:

my friend and I just comeback from new orleans, the tour was awsome, Jonathan as always exelent, and no he is not the only tour guy but he is the best Elena, and Melanie girl im with you, i wish i was brave like you, totally belive in vampires and everything else out there, just because you can't see it ..... Enjoy your friend.

Elena on January 14, 2012:

I think this Jonathon dude is actually the only guide.

Anyway, this was really interesting, thanks for sharing with us. I've never been to New Orleans, but I've love to take this tour. With Jonathon. Ha.

Kitty on December 13, 2011:

Thank for sharing I too was on this tour but it was back in 2004. My pictures of the convent couldn't be developed (the whole roll was lost rid aid said). Well i've been searching on the internet for some pictures or information but I couldn't remember enough from the tour. So thank for the info.

mystibleu46 on November 21, 2011:

Don't understand why folks fear the unknown, All things were made by God, some have gone extinct and some have learned to fit in the lifestyle of the 2000's or up to date (sort of to speak), whichever vampire's may be or have been, a person's faith can see them thru any type of darkness as God controls All day or night, Myans, Tazmain Devil, Dinosaur's & DoDo Birds are extinct but that doesn't mean they did not exist or in someplace upon this globe still exist to this day, I feel the Vampire Race existed & still may as well to this day this doesn't mean they are Goth or someone Evil just because they are of the night...

Ms. Q on November 12, 2011:

It was this year doing the last Mardi Gras Weekend in 2011, that I caught a LA Swift bus to go to New Orleans on a Friday night. I barely found a hotel, some Creole hotel on Rampart Street. I left out on foot to see the sights of Mardi Gras in the French Quarter, and it was around Midnight when I decided to do this. I also took the back streets, somewhere by Decataur and Philip. My direction was like going to the French Market, but I never made it to that area. As I doing down the street, I saw to men coming towards me, the two looked to be caucasian in appearance, and they wore casual suits. The two seemed like they had just awaken and the one I ran into by mistake, screamed, "Get the Hell out of my way!". There faces looked odd, like from some

Anne Rice novel, but when I bumped into the one on my side of the sidewalk, he not only felt cold, but like cement... as in a graveyard!

Jabeaux on October 19, 2011:

The part about Felipe in the Carter Brothers story is bogus. The guy did exist as a murderer, but not from here.

VMF621 on August 03, 2011:

Properly, I had the pleasure of being hosted (both my Husband and I) by Jonathan Weiss. Having been a cyber-friend of Kalila's (owner of the HauntedHistory group), I had to pleasure to getting to meet her and feel energy. However, I've brought something back after Lafittes pit-stop. I haven't been able to shake it off but thankfully am of 4th generation Curandera/Bruja derived from my Paternal Grandparents. I've become lore'd into the '78 cult case in front of the St. Marys Assumption Church (next to the Old Ursaline Convent). Nothing on it, no notes, no mention - I know in those times things were "written off", but policy and procedure has to have some document elsewhere. Considering it was on "holy grounds", I'm sure there is something somewhere. Out of all the tour, this was the one that peaked my interest most, as was the Jacque St. Germaine story. Rue Royal and Ursaline st.? Which of the 4 corner houses is it? No sign, no address online, nothing. Also - as of recent the Lalaurie mansion was found to have a construction crew inside, as well as a set of cameras, and other audio and visual equipment in the last 2 hours. I mainly want to pick the brains of the tour guides, and anyone with evidence and history, documented. Help? Aid? ...Anything?

melanie the vamp reader on July 19, 2011:

i haven't been on and im srry but if uve seen my posts u will see my story on my friend "alexandra" if u have an opinion and would like to tell me email me at thank u and email me thank u

Good time on July 03, 2011:

We just took this tour 2 days ago. Jonathan was our guide. We loved it! Whether you believe the stories or not he does an excellent job of keeping you listening. My 10 year old was scared but Jonathan was great at answering questions and he didn't seem to be bothered by it. It's important to remember before complaining that the fact you are on this site talking about vampires means he did his job well because the stories stayed with you. I loved visiting the city and highly recommend taking the tour!