Stoned North Texas Ghost Hunters Torched a 1854 Louisiana Plantation House, Police Say

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Corey Ann
Legend has it that the slaves who once labored in the fields of the LeBeau Plantation never entirely left. Cruelly mistreated, some to their death, their restless spirits wandered through their master's sprawling mansion, taking revenge upon its occupants. One by one, the LeBeau family was driven mad, two of them hanging themselves in the upper rooms. Decades later, a little girl was mysteriously thrown to her death from a fourth-floor window.

The house changed hands a number of times over the years, serving stints as a hotel and an illegal casino, but the ghosts -- and, perhaps, the cost of maintaining a pre-Civil War mansion -- ultimately drove away the living. For decades, the LeBeau House has stood neglected and abandoned, like something off the cover of a Faulkner novel, an elegy to the Old South.

Conveniently located just five miles from downtown New Orleans, it has also become a magnet for ghost hunters jonesing for a brush with the paranormal. Some who visited reported glimpsing a woman in a white dress walking on the upstairs porch, silhouetted by a mysterious glow. Others reported that the clock in the main hall would stop when a visitor entered, starting again when they left.

Police say it was those stories that inspired Fort Worth's Dusten Davnport, 31, to visit the house Thursday night with a group of friends.

There were seven in all, all but one from North Texas. Joshua Allen, 21; Joshua Briscoe, 20; Jerry Hamblen, 17; and Joseph Landin, 20, are from Grand Prairie. Bryon Meek, 29, lived in Hurst until two months ago, according to his Facebook page. Kevin Barbe, 20, was from Louisiana.

Mug shots and video are on the next page.


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42 comments
jamessavik
jamessavik

The Dumb Ass virus: it appears to be spreading fast.

XMASmuthaFuckka
XMASmuthaFuckka

This is a good advertisement for legalizing prostitution, if there was a legal and proper red light district, these virgins wouldnt be doing crap like this.

rusknative
rusknative

GREAT advertisement for LEGALIZING POT....heck, responsible folks have NO ISSUES from smoking a little innocent weed.....sure.

barf.

wcvemail
wcvemail

If a little girl was thrown to her death from the fourth floor of a two-story building as pictured, that is indeed supernatural.

LeroyJenkem
LeroyJenkem

Ah, memories. Remember the days when you had to go to a science fiction convention or Libertarian conference to see mugshots like these?

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Wonder if the ATF knows Bryon Meek is selling and transporting moonshine across state lines at $60 a jar?

(Never heard of...and the one who began stacking start the fire.

Try this....who is suspected of having the idea to start the fire.)

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

I wonder if the combined I.Q. of this brain-trust reaches the double digits.

CueCat
CueCat

All of 'em look like they were raised in the shallow end of the gene pool.

scerinjen3
scerinjen3

careful - you'll wake up the NORML crowd. We'll be here all day.

OleJohnson
OleJohnson

gotta close the case an put blame on the easiest one

funkmasterfo
funkmasterfo

@CueCat that picture of Kevin Barbe is mesmerizing.... I didn't know that humans could look like that.

scerinjen3
scerinjen3

Ohhhh - I get it. There's no connection between the drug and what happend. Well as long as you're convinced.    

wcvemail
wcvemail

@markzero You're the kind of person I want on my side in an historical trivia debate. 

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@scerinjen3 

I don't think that you do, in fact, get it.

Smoking pot did not make this little bedwetter light that match any more than the Twinkie & Monster energy drink he probably had for breakfast, did.

I'm not saying that MJ use and arson are mutually exclusive, but there are 100's of thousands of pot smokers that imbibe daily without ever considering burning down historical haunted houses due to some drug induced urge to "burn things".

scerinjen3
scerinjen3

@Hulk - I give up. You win. The Dallas Observer and local police really didn't need to mention the intoxicating substances. Not relevant.  The headline should be "dumb people exist - therefore a case of arson occurred." I have learned a lot here.    

scerinjen3
scerinjen3

@Hulk - lol. No but there may be some circumstantial evidence that getting fucked up makes you do dumb stuff. No?

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@scerinjen3 

No - I'm saying that there is verifiable documented proof that Christians are arsonists.

Can you provide evidence of some kind of  causal link between marijuana use and arson? Because, I don't think that you can.

scerinjen3
scerinjen3

So true - otherwise we would have legalize and promote everything else that makes us do stupid stuff.  

markzero
markzero

@rusknative @markzero Seriously? That one counts as one. But the attic below it also counts as another. 

Look at the picture I linked: four levels of windows.

dingo
dingo

@rusknative

the racists are in all corners; your screaming does not alter anything.

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