On one of those ghost tours in New Orleans I heard of a massacre which occured in the 19th century in the French Quarter. Supposedly, some Turkish sultan rented a manor in the Quarter and brought over his entire harem. Long story short, a short while later the Sultan, his family, his harem, and many of his friends were found butchered in the house. The floor was supposedly soaked with blood, body parts littered the floor, and the Sultan was buried alive in the courtyard. The tours I’ve been on put the death toll anywhere between 80 to 200 people.
Now, I’ve read many a history book and true crime compendium alike. How come I’ve never heard of this outside of New Orleans ghost tours? How come most New Orleaners I’ve talked to don’t know what I’m talking about?
Shouldn’t eighty people butchered to death, even if 150 years ago, still be a pretty spectacular body count? So, what’s the Straight Dope? Did this happen?
Here is one of the maybe 6 sites that were turned up on Google.