Ghost hunting group destroys historic mansion

7 arrested after fire destroys LeBeau Plantation – FOX 8 WVUE New Orleans.

Seven people have been arrested in connection with a fire that destroyed the LeBeau Plantation house in St. Bernard Parish.

Sheriff Jimmy Pohlmann said the suspects are believed to have been smoking marijuana and drinking in the vacant house when the fire broke out at about 2 a.m. Friday. St. Bernard Parish Fire Chief Thomas Stone said the building was fully engulfed in flames when he arrived on the scene.

St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Col. John Duran said the men were apparently looking for ghosts at the mansion, which has long been the subject of ghost stories in St. Bernard.

The suspects ranged from 17 to 31 years old – a key demographic for ghost hunting shows. They were charged with various crimes, including arson, burglary and trespassing. The mansion was built in the 1850s and the fire chief says it was a devastating loss to the community.

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The house was reportedly built on an indigo plantation, was later used as a hotel and casino and then was left vacant for its last 30 years. Local lore said that the house was haunted. Law enforcement told reporters that trespassing was a regular problem.

“They had been looking for ghosts, trying to summon spirits beating on the floors,” said Col. John Doran of the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office in an article posted on his office’s Facebook page.

When no ghosts emerged, the group set the mansion on fire, Doran said.

LeBeau plantation house prior to complete destruction by ghost hunting trespassers

LeBeau plantation house prior to complete destruction by ghost hunting trespassers

The Bernard County Sheriff’s office has more info about the history of the place on their facebook post. They seem pissed. No one was hurt in the fire. Sadly, the owners, the Meraux Foundation of St. Bernard Parish are being blamed by some because they did not have adequate security to keep people out. What a travesty! This is private property and valuable at that. Instead you have boneheads like this trespassing and destroying things while having a jolly time getting high and summoning spirits.

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  10 comments for “Ghost hunting group destroys historic mansion

  1. November 23, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    I have words for this stupidity in 2 languages, but i will not repeat them. I am a sceptical believer in this crap as many think it is, but breaking & entering i always rant & rave about. Many places allow entry for investigations, & even more make a small fortune by charging for groups to investigate.Too many tv programs, encourage these idiots. Add alcohol & drugs & it only gets worse. Back to the old game of spot the brain cell.

  2. November 23, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    These types of people give those of us who actually do investigations a really bad name! When our group goes out, we cannot drink on or before the investigation, we get permission first, no smoking during investigation unless it is off the premises and if it is a vacant place, we still get permission or let authorities know what we are doing!

  3. Al
    November 24, 2013 at 3:03 AM

    To be fair, there are. lot of empty homes in in NOLA and no ones cares about those houses……

  4. eddi
    November 24, 2013 at 3:42 AM

    Could you please add some extra words for me? I was rendered jaw-dropped silent when I read this. It is like the dumbest possible ending to a poorly made comedy. And to add some words, I hope several large books are thrown at the lot of these vandals.

  5. One Eyed Jack
    November 24, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    They do dishes? I’m so setting up a tour group in my house.

  6. November 26, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Several ghost hunting groups and paranormal investigators are saying these are extreme people, they are true ghost hunters. Well, that might be the One True Scotsman fallacy because indeed they are, even if you don’t like it.

    See this great piece about that.

    Shows that all groups have participants on the fringes of the bell curve.

  7. November 26, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    I think there is a site called “I love doing the dishes”. I know where my place is too. I am a sceptical believer as the things happen to me, usually with non believing witnesses, & i don’t go looking for it, though being now near old WWI & WWII battlefields maybe some time. Don’t remember having any experiences while drinking (is that a surprise) but seen some odd stuff while smoking (only tobacco). Latest is they have finally confessed to it. If they were on blow, gawd knows if they can remember it, let alone what they did.If anyone is taking this seriously you don’t contaminate the location with anything from alcohol, cigarette smoke, noise, strong after shave or perfume, etc, etc. Ghost hunting on dope – pmsl – of course they were going to see something, & one would set other off like dominoes on dope. Anyone for a game of spot the brain cell?

  8. November 26, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Just got this from a “Magician’s” site – remember i subscribe to sites & use search bots for things i don’t neccesarily beleive in –!+Mail . I’m off to look for my hammer now, as my slaptop is not only insisting on spellchecking me in French, but giving me “Cette page est en [anglais] Voulez-vous la traduire ? [Traduire] [Non] [Ne jamais traduire les pages rédigées en Anglais]. If this effin puter gets any more French i’m going to get very very angry & say some naughty words.

  9. November 26, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Thank you for the mention, Sharon.

  10. MisterNeutron
    November 28, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    At least these goofballs were drunk and stoned while they were ghost-hunting. Most of the “researchers” in this field pursue their nonsense while completely sober, which should be even more embarrassing.

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