NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - Today we kick off our series, "Living Among the Dead," with a mischievous ghost in the French Quarter.
Located at the corner of Jackson Square, Muriel's is one of the most haunted places in the French Quarter. The ghosts of many roam these halls, but one tale, in particular, is more chilling than the rest.
After the Great New Orleans Fire, Pierre Antoine Lepardi Jourdan built his dream home at what is now Muriel’s for his family and himself. Antoine adored his beautiful home, but he might've loved the thrill of gambling a little bit more.
In 1814, he wagered his home in a poker game and lost. The shock of the loss was so intense, before having to vacate the premises and hand over his beloved treasure, he tragically committed suicide on the second floor in the area that served as the slave quarters, the same area where Muriel’s Seance Lounges are situated today.
The restaurant staff says Jourdan is still at the restaurant in spiritual form. His ghost doesn’t appear as a human, but instead as a glimmer of sparkly light wandering around. Patrons and employees of Muriel’s have witnessed objects being moved around throughout the restaurant, most specifically, a glass being thrown from behind the bar.
The restaurant staff welcomes the spirit by always keeping a table reserved for Mr. Jourdan set with bread and wine.
While our crew was filming at Muriel's, the camera kept turning off. Maybe it was the ghost of Antoine trying to say hello.