No Spark of Malice: The Murder of Martin Begnaud

No Spark of Malice: The Murder of Martin Begnaud

by William Arceneaux
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807130257

ISBN-13: 9780807130254

Pub. Date: 10/28/2004

Publisher: Louisiana State University Press

On April 22, 1896, Martin Begnaud was brutally murdered in his general store in Scott Station, Louisiana. He was bound, gagged, blindfolded, stabbed more than fifty times, and robbed of over $5,000. Ten months later, after one of the most extensive manhunts in nineteenth-century Louisiana, public shock and outrage reemerged when two teenage brothers from France,

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On April 22, 1896, Martin Begnaud was brutally murdered in his general store in Scott Station, Louisiana. He was bound, gagged, blindfolded, stabbed more than fifty times, and robbed of over $5,000. Ten months later, after one of the most extensive manhunts in nineteenth-century Louisiana, public shock and outrage reemerged when two teenage brothers from France, Ernest and Alexis Blanc, were arrested for the crime. William Arceneaux sets the story of Begnaud's murder, the Blanc brothers' trial, and the media circus surrounding it all against the backdrop of Acadian history — from the 1604 establishment of a French colony in the Canadian maritime provinces to the eventual creation of a "New Acadia"in South Louisiana. By intertwining a suspenseful account of this heinous crime with an exploration of the citizens it affected, No Spark of Malice provides insight into a fascinating people, place, and era.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807130254
Publisher:
Louisiana State University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2004
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
1,386,227
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue1
Book IThe Murder3
Book IIThe People33
Book IIIThe Return69
Book IVThe Family91
Book VThe Arraignment129
Book VIThe Village147
Book VIIThe Trial191
Book VIIIThe Brothers219
Epilogue256
Notes269
Bibliography313
Acknowledgments333
Index337

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