Episode 1

Published on:

5th Nov 2019

Delphine LaLaurie: The Belle From Hell

Ashley & Sarah journey back to early nineteenth-century New Orleans to explore the life and crimes of serial killer Delphine LaLaurie. From her very early marriage to the infamous 1833 fire that destroyed her mansion and reputation to her exile and death in Paris. We go beyond the gratuitous Southern gothic stylings to ask what does it take to make a monster? Is it, perhaps, a monstrous time?

Ash also does a swamp impression.


Long, C. (2012). Madame Lalaurie : Mistress of the haunted house. Gainesville: University Press of Florida.

“Madame Lalaurie of New Orleans” by Fred R. Darkis, Jr. Louisiana History: The Journal of the Louisiana Historical Association Vol. 23, No. 4 (Autumn, 1982), pp. 383-399

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About the Podcast

Demons and Dames
Demons & Dames is a tongue-in-cheek feminist history podcast. Ashley Mauritzen and Sarah Worley-Hill dive deep into the stories of notorious women who shaped history - by design or simply by being in the right (or wrong) time or place. We examine how they were viewed by their contemporaries, and how and why their stories have been interpreted, shaped and passed down. We also laugh. A lot.

About your hosts

Ashley Mauritzen

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Writer, thinker and former wild child, Ashley has a BA in English Literature from Oxford (apparently - she doesn't remember any of it) and an MA in Fashion Journalism. She does an uncanny Kate Bush impression, wears wigs on nights in, and asked for 10 metres of black velvet ribbon for Christmas when she was seven. By day, she's a commercial semiotician. It's a thing. Former alter egos include Oxford gossip column denizen 'Masher', queer comedy performance artist 'the Dreary Mademoiselle', cerebral burlesque star 'Curious Peach', and everyone's favourite Halloween mashup - 'Adam Antoinette.'

Sarah Worley-Hill

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Bibliophile, historian, and all round goof ball. Sarah has an MA Oxon from Oxford University in Ancient and Modern History, but has also taught maths at a boys' boarding school so considers herself an all-rounder. She would invite Alexander the Great, Queen Teuta of Illyria, and Wu Zetian to her ideal time-machine sponsored dinner party but would definitely need a translator. She loves her Shih Tzu, Calypso, very much and wants to get a French bulldog named Odysseus. She's terribly dyslexic and really really can't spell (or pronounce things). She has a mild tea obsession.