By Ethan Brown
An explosive, true-life southern gothic tale, homicide within the Bayou chronicles the twists and turns of a high-stakes research into the murders of 8 girls in a stricken Louisiana parish.
Between 2005 and 2009, the our bodies of 8 ladies have been found round the murky canals and crawfish ponds of Jennings, Louisiana, a bayou city of 10,000 within the center of the Jefferson Davis parish. neighborhood police officers have been quickly to pursue a serial killer idea, starting a floodgate of media coverage—from CNN to the recent York occasions. jointly the sufferers turned often called the “Jeff Davis 8,” and their lives, their deaths, and the continued research finds a small southern community’s so much heavily guarded secrets.
As Ethan Brown indicates, those homicides weren't the paintings of a unmarried serial killer, however the violent fallout of Jennings’ brutal intercourse and drug exchange, a backwoods underworld hidden in undeniable sight. blending muckraking study and immersive journalism over the process a five-year research, Ethan Brown reviewed hundreds of thousands of pages of formerly unseen murder records to figure out what occurred in the course of every one victim’s ultimate hours. Epic in scope and extremely suspenseful, homicide within the Bayou is the tale of an American city buckling less than the darkish forces of poverty, race, and sophistication division—and a lightning rod for justice for the daughters it misplaced.
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The Zigler staggered through the 1960s and early 1970s until, yet again, death and the specter of financial ruin corroded it. On April 22, 1973, Zigler’s wife, Ruth, passed away, and the Jefferson Davis Bank foreclosed on the property about a month later. During the summer of 1974, a court seized the property and set an auction for September. A familiar name—Bubba Oustalet—led the bidding for the Zigler and picked up the property with a partner for a fire-sale price of $65,000, one-tenth of the original cost of the hotel.
One of the unit’s drug-interdiction practices was the use of drug-sniffing dogs. “In the beginning of 1992, one of our dogs hit a green 4Runner on the Interstate,” Reiley remembers. “We brought the suitcases in and started going through them; there were fine, formal dress clothes. But then I felt the shoulder pads and they were crunchy. I cut them and found forty thousand dollars. ” But a potent drug business was quietly taking shape in Jennings, aided by the ease with which one could travel to Houston, a two-hour-and-forty-five-minute drive straight down I-10.
They were scared, them girls. ”38 That women who were questioned in high-profile homicides were turning up dead all over Jeff Davis Parish should immediately have raised red flags. But it didn’t. At least not with law enforcement, who were accustomed to maintaining inappropriately intimate connections with those on the wrong side of the law. But one thing is for certain. All eight of the victims snitched for local law enforcement about the Jennings drug trade. When I confronted Sheriff Edwards with the allegation, he stammered a nondenial: “I wouldn’t respond.