New Orleans is well-known for its eccentric inhabitants. If you’re into ghost stories, voodoo, or pretty much anything paranormal, you can find something of interest in this Louisiana city. It should come as no surprise, then, that The Big Easy had its very own vampire scare in the 20th century.
One night in 1903, the screams of a young woman and the sounds of breaking glass pierced the night in the city’s French Quarter. The woman in question had jumped out of a second-floor window. Her screams attracted brought the police to her attention, and they took her to a hospital to treat her broken bones. It was there that she told them her frightening story.
According to her, she had left a pub with a local gentleman by the name of Jacques Saint-Germain. She then went with him to his home. While she was admiring some objets d’art on his fireplace mantel, Saint-Germain came at her quickly and with so much strength that she could not fight him off. He then pressed her into the wall and began biting her neck. At that moment, there was a knock on the door that distracted Saint-Germain, and she took that opportunity to jump to safety via the window.
Saint-Germain was a newcomer to New Orleans, having moved to the city in the previous year. His lavish parties and generous nature had already gained him the attention of the city’s elite, though. He claimed to be a descendant of the French Count Saint-Germain, who many had also suspected of vampirism during his life, and Jacques acted in suspicious ways, too. He would serve elaborate meals at his dinner parties, but he never ate anything. He would only drink red wine. Everyone was too busy enjoying themselves to question Saint-Germain’s eating habits.
The night of the incident, the police briefly questioned Saint-Germain, but he only stated that the woman was drunk and had jumped out the window. They politely asked him to come to the station the next morning to give a formal statement, which he agreed to do. However, he never showed up.
Saint-Germain’s missed appointment made the police suspicious, so they decided to go to his home. When he did not answer the door, they forced their way in. What they found terrified them.
There were several tablecloths, each of which was covered with bloodstains, both old and new. When they entered his kitchen, they discovered that there was not a scrap of food in the house. There were also no plates or eating utensils. All he had was a bunch a wine glasses and multiple bottles of wine. But when one policeman tasted the wine, he found that blood had been mixed with it.
Jacques Saint-Germain was never seen in New Orleans again, but reports of a mysterious person who goes by the name “Jack” sometimes harasses people in the area to this day. Due to this figure’s incredible speed and strength, though, he has never been caught or questioned. Some believe he is really Jacques.