In LaLaurie’s New Orleans mansion attic, she used to keep tortured and mutilated slaves. Which had gone on for a long time until LaLaurie chased her 12-year-old slave with a whip onto the roof, where the slave decided it was better to jump to her death than to submit to LaLaurie.
Unfortunately, the Madame was untouched by the consequences. That is, until a desperate (cook chained to the stove) set the kitchen ablaze. Evil as she was, LaLaurie let her mansion burn with all her slaves locked inside. Neighbors, now privy to her abuse, broke into the home and attempted to free the slaves. Whereon, they found the mutilated, gut-wrenching sight in her attic.
The neighbors would be unable to bring LaLaurie to justice, however, because during the fire she jumped into her buggy and fled to Paris.