Ghost hunters set fire to historic mansion
Seven men were arrested after they managed to burn down the LeBeau Plantation house near New Orleans.
Built in the 1850s, the mansion is well known for its paranormal activity and ghost sightings. Stories from those who lived and worked there tell of a mysterious ghostly woman with a long white dress who is said to walk on the upstairs porch. Throughout its history the building has been everything from a hotel to an illegal gambling house but has since been abandoned and boarded up for some years.
Hoping to experience the building’s ghostly occupants for themselves, the group of seven ghost hunters had made their way in to the building to look around. In an effort to elicit a response from whatever may be lurking there they attempted a technique known as ‘provocation’ which involved calling out any spirits through a barrage of loud noises and verbal intimidation.
Having been unable to get a response the group decided, for reasons known only to themselves, that it would be a good idea to light a fire instead. Within minutes the flames had spread to the building’s framework and by the time firefighters arrived the mansion had been almost completely destroyed.
Fortunately nobody was injured however the men now face charges of criminal damage, arson and trespassing and are unlikely to be attempting any more ghost hunts for the foreseeable future.
[Live Science, via Unexplained Mysteries]
This is a tragic loss of a historic building. These men should be ashamed of their actions. People like this are a stain on the paranormal community.
29 November 2013