Dark Bayou: Infamous Louisiana Homicides

Dark Bayou: Infamous Louisiana Homicides

by Alan G. Gauthreaux, D.G. Hippensteel


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This collection chronicles the most mysterious, bizarre and often overlooked homicides in Louisiana history. Drawing on contemporary records and, where available, the recollections of those who provide a coherent version of the facts, these mesmerizing tales detail some of the more gruesome episodes: the rise of the first Mafia godfather in the United States; the murder of two New Orleans police chiefs; the brutal murder of a famous New Orleans madam; the story of a respectable young woman who “accidentally” poisoned her younger sister and is a suspect in other family deaths; the ritual killing of blacks in southwestern Louisiana and eastern Texas; the mysterious death of a young housewife which still generates debate; and the demise of a local celebrity who believed in his own invincibility.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476662954
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 11/16/2015
Pages: 212
Sales rank: 1,185,118
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Alan G. Gauthreaux is an adjunct instructor of history at Nunez Community College in Chalmette, Louisiana. He has written numerous historical articles in the true crime and military history fields. He lives in Kenner, Louisiana. D.G. Hippensteel is a full-time criminal justice faculty member at Delgado Community College in New Orleans. He is a Louisiana state certified peace officer having served with the Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff’s Office and the reserve division for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. A decorated Vietnam combat veteran, he lives in Marrero, Louisiana.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword Charles C. Foti, Jr. 1

Preface 3

Introduction 5

The First Godfather 7

The Other Assassinated Chiefs 22

The Madam's Last Will 40

The Case of the Human Five 52

A Respectable Poisoner 65

The Mysterious Case of Dr. Weiss 76

Louisiana Burning 110

Deadly Friendship 135

The Final Broadcast 163

Chapter Notes 183

Bibliography 197

Index 201

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