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The Legend of Chloe:
Chloe added the extract of a handful of crushed Oleander to the children’s birthday cake. Only 2 of the children and Sarah ate the cake. Once sick, Chloe tended to the needs of the family but within hours they died. Knowing what Chloe had done, and fearing they would be punished, the other slaves hung Chloe from a tree and then threw her body into the
It has been alleged that as many as six other people had been killed in the house. Lewis Stirling, the oldest son of Ruffin Grey Stirling, was claimed to have been stabbed to death in the house over a gambling debt. However, burial records in St. Francisville state that he died in October 1854 at the age of 23 from yellow fever.
According to legend, three Union soldiers were killed in the house after they broke in and attempted to loot the place. They were allegedly shot to death in the gentlemen's parlor, leaving bloodstains on the floor that refused to be wiped away. One account has it that after the Myrtles was opened as an inn, a maid was mopping the floor and came to a spot that, no matter how hard she scrubbed, the spot would not disappear. Supposedly, the spot was the same size as a human body and was said to have been where one of the Union soldiers fell. The strange phenomenon was said to have lasted for a month and has not occurred since. No soldiers were ever killed in the house. There are no records or evidence to say that there were and in fact, surviving family members denied the story was true.
Another murder allegedly occurred in 1927, when a caretaker at the house was killed during a robbery. No record exists of the crime. The story may have spawned from the actual occurrence of the death of the brother of Fannie Williams. He was killed while being robbed but this did not occur in the main house, as the story states.
The Haunted Mirror Legend:
Those who photograph the mirror will often find that the developed picture holds the images of handprints of several seemingly inside of the glass. When these spectral images first appeared, the mirror was thoroughly cleaned but the prints remained. Perplexed, the owners then tried replacing the glass, thinking that perhaps they were flaws in the mirror itself. Strangely though, the handprints returned!
Those who studied the mirror have suggested that perhaps the handprints (or images like them) are in the wood behind the mirror and not in the glass at all. In this way, lights (like a camera flash) pass through the glass and pick up the marks on the wood. This would cause the "handprints" to appear in every mirror that hangs in this location, no matter what glass is used.
Indian Burial Ground Legend:
Legend also has it that the house built on Tunica Indian burial mounds. General Bradford was supposedly the first to see a ghost – a naked Indian girl.