'Spirits' event shares spooky Southwest Louisiana stories - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

'Spirits' event shares spooky Southwest Louisiana stories

(Source: Clerk of Court) (Source: Clerk of Court)
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

This story isn't for the faint of heart.

Southwest Louisiana is - of course - rich with history, but it's a heavily haunted history. 

 An upcoming event highlights some of Southwest Louisiana's spookier stories.

The Imperial Calcasieu Museum is hosting "Spirits," on Wednesday and Thursday, to pass on some of our area's haunted history. 

Local historian Adley Cormier serves as ghost storyteller.

One story is about Toni Jo Henry - it's a gory tale of murder and execution. 

Henry is the only woman to be executed by electrocution in the state of Louisiana. She was executed in the Calcasieu Courthouse, where people still report sightings and strange smells.

They report hearing laughter and the smells of burning hair and cheap floral perfume. They also say lights blink unexpectedly and equipment starts and stops.

Toni Jo married a man by the name of Cowboy Henry - he  killed a Texas Ranger and was sent to prison. So she teamed up with an accomplice and began to hitchhike to the jail - and  Joseph P. Calloway picked them up. 

Her accomplice eventually ditched her and she ended up confessing her crimes to her family. Henry was arrested and tried at the courthouse three times - the third time, she was convicted.

Witnesses said the lights flickered and they could smell the scent of burning hair and cheap perfume as she was electrocuted - the same things that still happen today. 

Copyright 2016 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • TRAFFIC ALERT: Avoid I-210 WB at Legion Street due to 'major accident'

    TRAFFIC ALERT: Avoid I-210 WB at Legion Street due to 'major accident'

    Thursday, October 19 2017 5:52 PM EDT2017-10-19 21:52:50 GMT
    I-210 crash at Legion Street exit (Source: Louisiana State Police)I-210 crash at Legion Street exit (Source: Louisiana State Police)

    The Lake Charles Police Department is urging drivers to avoid I-210 westbound at the Legion Street exit due to a "major accident" that has the inside lane of the interstate blocked, according to LCPD.

    More >>

    The Lake Charles Police Department is urging drivers to avoid I-210 westbound at the Legion Street exit due to a "major accident" that has the inside lane of the interstate blocked, according to LCPD.

    More >>
  • TDL Week 8: DeRidder hosts Leesville in Game of the Week

    TDL Week 8: DeRidder hosts Leesville in Game of the Week

    Thursday, October 19 2017 5:47 PM EDT2017-10-19 21:47:58 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The Hooper Trophy is up for grabs tonight when DeRidder hosts Leesville in a District 3-4A matchup. The game should be a good one as both teams enter the Touchdown Live Game of the Week with only one loss. They're also leading the district. DeRidder (5-1, 1-0) has won four straight and is coming off a 35-20 win over Tioga (5-2, 1-1), a team that needs Leesville to win to get back in the district championship picture. Leesville (6-1, 2-0) won its first two district games. A win ove...

    More >>

    The Hooper Trophy is up for grabs tonight when DeRidder hosts Leesville in a District 3-4A matchup. The game should be a good one as both teams enter the Touchdown Live Game of the Week with only one loss. They're also leading the district. DeRidder (5-1, 1-0) has won four straight and is coming off a 35-20 win over Tioga (5-2, 1-1), a team that needs Leesville to win to get back in the district championship picture. Leesville (6-1, 2-0) won its first two district games. A win ove...

    More >>
  • LCPD SWAT Team conducting training on Country Club Road Friday

    LCPD SWAT Team conducting training on Country Club Road Friday

    Thursday, October 19 2017 5:01 PM EDT2017-10-19 21:01:45 GMT
    LCDP SWAT team. (KPLC file photo)LCDP SWAT team. (KPLC file photo)

    The Lake Charles Police SWAT Team will be conducting training in the area of the 2100 block of Country Club Road from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday Oct. 20, said Deputy Chief Mark Kraus.  There will be a large police presence in the area because of the SWAT training, said Kraus. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.  

    More >>

    The Lake Charles Police SWAT Team will be conducting training in the area of the 2100 block of Country Club Road from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday Oct. 20, said Deputy Chief Mark Kraus.  There will be a large police presence in the area because of the SWAT training, said Kraus. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.  

    More >>
Powered by Frankly