New Orleans is known for spookiness ,witches ,vampires and the werewolf legends.But did a real vampire live in there?
He was known as Count de Saint-Germain, Comte St Germain, and even Count of Rákóczi. The first heard of him was as an aristocrat who appeared in the court of Louis XV. Known as
Comte d’ Saint Germain, he entertained the court with stories of his adventurous life . The Count Germain was said to be an alchemist who was in possession of the “elixir of life.” He was supposedly more than 6,000 years old. The next heard of Saint-Germain was in Germany where he reportedly died. However, he was also regularly reported as being seen alive and well.
Then in 1904, a man exactly matching his physical description, an attractive Frenchman called Jacques Saint Germain arrived in New Orleans. He claimed to be a descendant of the original Comte Germain. He bought a large house on the corner of Royal and Ursuline Streets and was quite a ladies man,frequently seen in the company of many different women.
The house was a place of elaborate parties and much feasting but Germain himself was never seen to eat or drink. One night in December, ear-piercing screams were heard coming from the house. A woman had jumped out of a second-story window to escape. Passersby rushed to her aid. She told the police that Jacques had dragged a knife across her skin and tried to drink her blood. She died after being admitted to the local Charity Hospital.It was presumed she was a prostitute. When police officers went to question Germain, he had already left. He left behind blood-stained floors, wine bottles and glasses filled with blood and no trace of food for his own consumption. He never returned.
Since that night, the house has remained unoccupied. However, the property remains in the possession of a private owner who pays the taxes. There does not seem to be a name or contact information affiliated with the property on public record . The house remains locked and never seems to have burglars . Even today, people talk about seeing Saint Germain around the city.
Do you believe in vampires? Was he real? Certainly the story has inspired many works of fiction.
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