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Years of reports from spooked thrill-seekers detailed the horrors of Milne: teens and even adults would swear to seeing ghastly red eyes peering out at them through the slimy green of the basement windows or would be equally terrorized at the sight of the gnarled hand of one of the old ladies pulling back the lace curtain of a window and peering out with an angry, yellow eye!

Crickets are chirping and the humidity’s high on a steamy New Orleans summer night as you and your friends roll through the quiet Lakeview neighborhood in search of terror!

MYSTERIOUS MILNE!

As you approach the infamous corner, you see it – a hulking red and green monster in the dark pool of a burnt out streetlight, stark against the indigo of the sultry night sky.

You gape in awed silence and your mind reels, full of tales of incest, murder, cannibalism, deformed dwarves, and two elderly sisters with a history so horrible even Lizzie Borden would sit up and take note!
But wait! What’s that? There, in the ground-level basement window?

(And what house in New Orleans HAS a basement anyway??)\

Is that EYES? Glowing red EYES?

Could that be jagged TEETH slavering in a maniacal, leering grin???

You and your friends scream, altogether at once, as the hapless driver floors it and peels away into the night, creating another life-long memory of a visit to The House on Milne!!!!!

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“The only thing I know about the house on Milne Street was that it looked abandoned. I never saw lights. The house looked like a square brick house and the garden was overgrown. I also remember the house being covered with a lot of vines. The only time I saw the house is when I would make [my husband] pass by it when we were dating.” -- Cindy P., New Orleans

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Deep in a garden overgrown with weeds and bamboo, suffocating under ivy whose tendrils had, over the years, twisted like searching fingers into the brick and mortar of its crumbling antique façade, sat the house that thrilled and chilled generations of New Orleans teens.
Nobody knew a lot about it, a lot of people knew a little, and what was considered fact was probably just the early makings of a good urban legend. Or, was it?

The infamous Milne House sat at the corner of Milne and Porteus streets in the Lakeview area of New Orleans. It entered the litany of teen fright sites early in the 1960’s and held its own as a true chiller well into the 1980’s around which time it was finally torn down.

In it’s heyday, it creeped out more than its share of New Orleans teens who usually encountered it initially on a dare soon after obtaining their first official driver’s license. Cars with a couple of curious youths, or jam-packed with loudmouths on a “double dare” night of cruising – all fell silent in the grim, dank shadow of the hulking brick house and the mystery of its inhabitants.

The rumors that circulated at the height of the Milne hysteria read like a script from “The X-Files”: The house was inhabited by two sisters and a brother, elderly at the time but who, in their youth, themselves the product of in-breeding, were involved in an incestuous “ménage a trois.” These liaisons had produced a veritable colony of deformed, in-bred dwarves, half-humans, really, whom the family kept locked in the basement – even having a basement was anomalous in this city so far below sea level and this only added to the mystique!

These in-bred, deformed and increasingly evil-natured dwarves would escape through the basement windows (on a fairly regular basis, according to legend) and would terrorize the adjoining neighborhoods, rummaging through garbage, preying on unwary pets, and occasionally attacking people who ought to know better than to be out at night anywhere near the house on Milne! Other rumors told of how the sisters had hacked up their brother in an argument and had fed him to their offspring, which gave the nightmare creatures their taste for blood.

Years of reports from spooked thrill-seekers detailed the horrors of Milne: teens and even adults would swear to seeing ghastly red eyes peering out at them through the slimy green of the basement windows or would be equally terrorized at the sight of the gnarled hand of one of the old ladies pulling back the lace curtain of a window and peering out with an angry, yellow eye! (Sometimes the hand held a metal meat cleaver, but frightened onlookers never stayed long enough to confirm that one!) The brave, or foolish depending on your outlook, would actually get out of their vehicles at the corner for a closer look; those more brave actually tramped onto the lawn and into the dense, jungle-like yard, more often than not coming back with a chilling scream and jumping into the car as it sped away.

The very bravest, it was said, were those who went right up to the basement windows and wiped away the green mold for a look inside. But you didn’t want to do that. No way. Everyone knew about the guy who did that in broad daylight, even, and went completely crazy! He was shipped away to the asylum in Mandeville and never regained his senses, such was the horror he had witnessed …

Stories of encounters like these kept the Milne House at the top of the list of local Creep Out destinations in a city with more than its share. Ultimately, the house fell into complete disrepair and was finally torn down.

But the tales continued – the vacant land was haunted, the dwarves had moved into drains and under the houses of unsuspecting neighbors, corpses had been uncovered where the basement had once been, evidence of Satanic rituals had been found but hushed up … The site continued to be a popular drive-by for many years to come.
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If you are a local New Orleanian who was thrilled and chilled by the mysterious Milne House, Haunted New Orleans Tours would like to hear from you! If you have a true-life horror experience or amusing anecdote that involves the Milne House, or just want to share information about how the location became such a legendary haunted hotspot, please drop us a line here at Haunted New Orleans Tours! In the next several weeks, we will compile your submissions and share them with our readers!
So come on and take a thrilling trip down a dark little turn in Memory Lane:

Tell us your Milne Tales!

 

 

Disclaimer: The foregoing is a work of fiction. The information contained in this report is for the purpose of entertainment only.

Any resemblance, either stated or implied, to any persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. Any suggestion of complicity by any person living or dead in the commission of any unlawful act is not to be construed as either actual or implied. All material © Haunted New Orleans Tours, 2005.

 

 

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