Post by Graveyardbride on Sept 24, 2014 7:45:25 GMT -5
Nicolas Cage bought haunted house with intension of writing horror novel
Nicolas Cage once bought a haunted house. The 50-year-old actor snapped up a mansion in New Orleans previously owned by Madame Delphine LaLaurie – known for the torture and murder of her slaves – in hope of gaining inspiration to pen a horror novel.
Speaking in the Daily Mail newspaper's Event magazine, he said: “I once lived in the most haunted house in America. The LaLaurie Mansion in New Orleans used to belong to Mme. LaLaurie, a well-known 19th century socialite and serial killer. I bought it in 2007, figuring it would be a good place in which to write the great American horror novel. I didn't get too far with the novel.”
On Friday, Nov. 13th, it was announced that actor Nicolas Cage had lost his two historically significant New Orleans mansions to foreclosure.
In April 2007 Cage paid $3,450,000 for the notorious LaLaurie house at 1140 Royal Street in the French Quarter. It was built in 1832 for Dr. Louis LaLaurie and his sadistic wife, who, it turned out, was horribly torturing slaves in gruesome ways and keeping their broken and dismembered bodies chained and caged in the attic. The outbreak of fire in 1834 led to the discovery of her chamber of horrors. The family fled and Mme. LaLaurie was never charged. Since that time, ghost stories about the building have multiplied, turning it into a popular tourist attraction. Through the years, the mansion has served as a high school, a music conservatory, a bar, a furniture store and an apartment building. At one point it was known as “The Haunted Saloon.” According to the stories, almost every inhabitant moved out within months or suffered tragedy and death. Cage became another in a long line of tragedies on Friday, November 13, 2009, when it was announced Cage was bankrupt and the building had gone into foreclosure.
However, the Kiss-Ass star admits that isn't the only time he's found himself in a spooky situation as someone once told him his son Weston, now 23, whom he has with ex-girlfriend Christina Fulton, would be dead before he reached the age of 15. He explains: “Someone once told me that my child, nine at the time, would be dead by the time he was 15. I immediately told that person to back away from the house and they did. My son, Weston, is now 23.” Cage also has an 11-month-old son, Kal-El, with his third wife Alice Kim.
Sources: The Times-Picayune and ContactMusic, September 21, 2014.