Monday, January 11, 2016

The Lafayette Famulus

Occult artifacts are, by their very nature, surrounded by mystery.  That's particularly true for left hand path tools, where the practitioner's desire for power and knowledge trumps all secondary considerations.  That frequently means the commission of crimes both spiritual and secular.

I've recently acquired an unusual item known as the "Lafayette Famulus".  If the provenance provided to me is accurate it's intimately tied to a horrific series of events in the early 20th century.   I'm not sure what's more disturbing- the idea that these horrific crimes were part of a magical ritual, or that they had no real motivation at all. 

This newspaper article was published in the New York Times on April 3, 1912.  The crimes described and the racial language used may be disturbing to those of a sensitive nature.


Anonymous said...

I was going to say that looked very convincing, as well it should, because it's real:

Reminds me of some of the real articles the HPLHS looked up when they made COC.

I guess the old adage was always true: "If it bleeds, it leads!"

CoastConFan said...

Here’s several links that give more information on the crimes

Mention of the murders is made in the book, Dark Bayou: Infamous Louisiana Homicides by Gauthreau and Hippensteel

Steven M. Peffley said...

I wonder if this, or a similar, news item inspired "The Tale of Inspector Legrasse" section of "The Call of Cthulhu." Given Lovecraft's views it would not be surprising.

Raven said...

Gosh, Props, these implausible ephemera you make up out of your own head sometimes go too far, and our suspension of disbelief just plummets.... ;/

Anonymous said...

Mr. Peffley -- The Horror at Red Hook also comes to mind.