Calcasieu Courthouse

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Calcasieu Courthouse is said to be haunted by Toni Jo McQuiston (born Annie Beatrice McQuiston), a murderess and the only female to die in Louisiana’s electric chair. Toni was a beauty but a tough girl, into drugs and prostitution. But after she fell in love with Claude Henry (nicknamed Cowboy)at her brothel workplace, they were married, and Toni cleaned up. Cowboy was shortly thereafter arrested on a murder charge from his past and sentenced to 50 years in prison. Toni Jo and her buddy Harold Finnan (Arkie) Burks planned to bust Cowboy of prison, so they stole a getaway car and murdered its owner, leaving his body in a ditch. But when they bragged about the crime, they were caught and sentenced to death at the courthouse. Ever since then, folks say her ghost whispers, and occasionally screams; her perfume wafts in the air; and her footsteps echo throughout the building.

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Geographic Information

1000 Ryan St
Lake Charles, LA 70601
United States

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30.226492194857062, -93.21837186813354
Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana
Nearest Towns:
Lake Charles, LA (1.2 mi.)
Westlake, LA (2.2 mi.)
Prien, LA (4.5 mi.)
Moss Bluff, LA (5.5 mi.)
Sulphur, LA (9.5 mi.)
Carlyss, LA (10.2 mi.)
Gillis, LA (10.2 mi.)
Iowa, LA (12.2 mi.)
Hackberry, LA (17.6 mi.)
Lacassine, LA (17.7 mi.)


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