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Michael DeMocker

Michael DeMocker has been a photojournalist in New Orleans for over twenty years. He’s been the National Press Photographer Association’s Regional Photographer of the Year three times and loves photographing all things New Orleans. He lives Uptown with his wife, son, and two dogs of varying intelligence.

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Haunted NOLA: How the ghost of a heartbroken Bourbon Street Showgirl killed her lover

By Michael DeMocker / August 25, 2021

Hear now the tragic tale of one Marguerite O’Donnell, a Bourbon Street showgirl whose love triangle life reads like the pages of a dramatic play. Her heartbroken ghost is said to have killed her younger lover in a fiery rage, quite literally.

Haunted NOLA: Some of the lesser known haunted and spooky stories of New Orleans

By Michael DeMocker / October 19, 2020

We live in New Orleans, so yes, we know, there’s no shortage of ghost stories. Yes, we all know about Madame LaLaurie and Marie Laveau, but what about the other ghosts. There’s just so many calling out for us to see them.

Haunted NOLA: Blood still drips from the attic of the Griffon House

By Michael DeMocker / October 19, 2020

Cruel experiments. Suicide, murder and looting. Blood dripping from the ceilings of a Garden District home.

Haunted NOLA: When the Devil Lived on St. Charles Avenue

By Michael DeMocker / September 9, 2020

At sunset, he could be seen peering down on the street, horns and all.

Great to ‘sea’ you again! Audubon Aquarium reopens after months of COVID-19 closure

By Michael DeMocker / July 16, 2020

The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas opened its doors to visitors since closing down four months ago for the COVID-19 pandemic. Visitors to the aquarium are required to wear masks at the indoor facility and must purchase a timed ticket ahead of time to limit capacity and encourage social distancing.

Haunted NOLA: The Marigny’s Madame “Mini Canal,” and her loyal ghost terrier

By Michael DeMocker / July 7, 2020

In the aftermath of the Second World War, the ghost of Madame Mineurecanal and her terrier began to appear.

PHOTOS: Hundreds take to the streets for Juneteenth Blackout Bike Ride

By Michael DeMocker / June 25, 2020

The community event began in the 3100 block of St. Claude Avenue where riders clad in black took to bicycles of all shapes and sizes.

PHOTOS: What a difference a phase makes – NOLA begins Phase 2 reopening

By Michael DeMocker / June 14, 2020

New Orleans began Phase 2 of reopening the city June 12, with some businesses finally able to open doors after months of being shuttered.

PHOTOS: They all masked for you: Audubon Zoo reopens after COVID-19 closure

By Michael DeMocker / June 14, 2020

No lion, New Orleans has missed its zoo. But on June 3, the Audubon Nature Institute re-opened the Audubon Zoo with safety measures in place. The facility is limited to 25% capacity and visitors must book an entry time on-line ahead of time.

Thousands gather for peaceful protest against police brutality and racial injustice at Jackson Square in New Orleans

By Michael DeMocker / June 6, 2020

Thousands of people gather on Decatur Street in front of Jackson Square for a rally to protest the killing by police of George Floyd and others.