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Lecture at East Bank Regional Library to Focus on Haunted History of New Orleans

JEFFERSON – David Laville of the New Orleans Ghost Hunters will discuss the haunted history of New Orleans — including new information about the vampires of the city — at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 30, 2023, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

This event is free of charge and is open to the public. Registration is not required.

Laville’s lecture will focus on the city’s status as one of the most haunted cities in America, and why so many spirits seem attracted to the local environment, including:

Catastrophe – One of the biggest reasons for hauntings are catastrophes. New Orleans has had a regular schedule of catastrophic events such as hurricanes, major fires, epidemics and wars that take a lot of people abruptly to the other side, though some didn’t quite make it all the way over.

Violence – Since the city’s founding in 1718, there have been hundreds of thousands of acts of violence that create a huge amount of spirits that roam the streets. (For example, Jackson Square was the site of public hangings and the area behind St. Louis Cathedral was the site of numerous duels as well as slave auctions.)

Locations  Haunted locations in the heart of the French Quarter, their histories and why these histories may be behind the haunted stories.

LaVille says he began to experience paranormal activity at a young age which eventually led to his cofounding of the New Orleans Ghost Hunters. With dozens of residential and numerous historical site investigations on his resume he’s also hosted two radio shows, one local and another national on internet radio where the haunted history and locations of New Orleans are often discussed. He and the New Orleans Ghost Hunters have appeared on television shows, have been written about in local papers and are often invited to give panels at sci-fi conventions. He is a licensed New Orleans tour guide specializing in haunted tours of the French Quarter.

For more information regarding this presentation, contact Chris Smith, Manager of Adult Programming for the library, at (504) 889-8143 or

The Jefferson Parish Library system consists of 16 locations that stretch from the Lakeshore Branch on the edge of Lake Pontchartrain to the Grand Isle Branch just steps away from the Gulf of Mexico. The library system consists of two large regional libraries and seven branches on each side of the Mississippi River. The East Bank Regional Library (4747 W. Napoleon Avenue, Metairie) serves as library headquarters. The Jefferson Parish Library is the second largest system in the state of Louisiana. More than 200 employees work for the Jefferson Parish Library including librarians, administration and support staff. JPL is supported by a vibrant volunteer organization, the Friends of the Jefferson Public Library. For more information, contact the library at (504) 838-1100 or

For more information about Jefferson Parish, visit Residents can also receive regular updates by following the Parish on social media (@JeffParishGov) or by texting JPALERT or JPNOTICIAS to 888-777.


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