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: The ghostly hands of children at the Gally House

By Michael DeMocker / July 19, 2022

The Yellow Fever epidemic of 1853 ravaged New Orleans, leaving behind something more ghostly than just grief.

Haunted NOLA: The Fighting Ghosts of Cherokee Street

By Michael DeMocker / April 14, 2022

This is the tale of an ornery old man and a mischievous little girl whose Uptown neighborhood quarrel continued beyond the grave.

Haunted NOLA: “Throw Me Sumthin’, Specter!” Ghosts of the Parade Route

By Michael DeMocker / February 23, 2022

As Carnival parades return to the streets of New Orleans, revelers and krewes might not realize they are celebrating life alongside the dead, with many purportedly haunted spots on or just a doubloon’s throw away from the parade route.

My Granny was a Vampire-Smuggling Casket Girl: a (possibly) true story

By Michael DeMocker / October 26, 2021

Our story begins with the Casket Girls of Ursuline Convent – a towering building that still stands in the French Quarter where nuns, ghosts and vampires are said to coexist.

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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.