Murder in the Bayou: Who Killed the Women Known as the Jeff Davis 8?

Murder in the Bayou: Who Killed the Women Known as the Jeff Davis 8?

by Ethan Brown

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Murder in the Bayou: Who Killed the Women Known as the Jeff Davis 8? by Ethan Brown

An explosive, true-life southern gothic story, Murder in the Bayou chronicles the twists and turns of a high-stakes investigation into the murders of eight women in a troubled Louisiana parish.

Between 2005 and 2009, the bodies of eight women were discovered around the murky canals and crawfish ponds of Jennings, Louisiana, a bayou town of 10,000 in the heart of the Jefferson Davis parish. Local law enforcement officials were quick to pursue a serial killer theory, opening a floodgate of media coverage—from CNN to The New York Times. Collectively the victims became known as the “Jeff Davis 8,” and their lives, their deaths, and the ongoing investigation reveals a small southern community’s most closely guarded secrets.

As Ethan Brown suggests, these homicides were not the work of a single serial killer, but the violent fallout of Jennings’ brutal sex and drug trade, a backwoods underworld hidden in plain sight. Mixing muckraking research and immersive journalism over the course of a five-year investigation, Ethan Brown reviewed thousands of pages of previously unseen homicide files to determine what happened during each victim’s final hours. Epic in scope and intensely suspenseful, Murder in the Bayou is the story of an American town buckling under the dark forces of poverty, race, and class division—and a lightning rod for justice for the daughters it lost.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476793252
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 09/13/2016
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Ethan Brown is an investigative journalist, private investigator, and author of three previous books, Queens Reigns Supreme, Snitch, and Shake the Devil Off, which was named one of the Best Books of 2009 by The Washington Post. He has written for New York magazine, The New York Observer, Wired, Vibe, The Independent, GQ, Mother Jones, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Details, and The Village Voice. He has appeared on NPR, WNYC, Court TV, MSNBC, Hot 97, and BET to discuss drug policy, street crime, the music business, life in Louisiana, and other issues. He lives in New Orleans.

Table of Contents

Key Figures xiii

Note from the Author xxi

1 Loretta 1

2 Boom and Bust 15

3 Lucky and LeDoux 31

4 Frankie 47

5 Ernestine 59

6 Kristen 71

7 Whitnei 77

8 Gunter and Guillory 89

9 "Death on Me" Muggy Crystal and Brittney 109

10 The Undoing 139

11 "Frankie Richard's Coming and Hell Is Coming with Him" 159

12 "The Past Is the Past" 177

13 Coda: Boustany and the Boudreaux Inn 187

14 Whistle-Blower in White Robes 203

Acknowledgments 209

Victim Data 213

The Timeline 219

Notes 225

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sadly I am from and live in Jennings LA..I knew all these girls...nothing shocks me in this town as I have seen it with my own eyes..glad this book came out .everyone deserves to know the truth....