The LeBeau Plantation house, also the oldest plantation in the New Orleans area, is no longer standing. Not because of a tragic hurricane, or just as a result of old age – but because of the actions of seven professed ‘ghost hunters’. The building had endured many years, having been a plantation, casino, and hotel.
Joshua Allen, Joshua Briscoe, Jerry Hamblen, Joseph Landin, Dusten Davenport, Kevin Barbe, and Byron Meek trespassed on the site in the middle of November. Then, they proceeded to try to forcibly make a ghost appear – first by yelling and taunting, and then by beating their hands on the floor. When ghosts failed to materialize before their eyes, the group threatened to set the building on fire – and carried out on their threats.
Of course, alcohol and marijuana were involved, leading to a loss of rational decisions. But, the effects of that night will long follow the members of this group, as they are all being charged with arson and trespassing.