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 ladies in a Louisiana parish.
Between 2005 and 2009, the our bodies of 8 girls have been came across 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 speedy to pursue a serial killer idea, establishing a floodgate of media coverage—from CNN to the recent York instances. jointly the sufferers grew to become referred to as the “Jeff Davis 8,” and their lives, their deaths, and the continuing research unearths 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 alternate, a backwoods underworld hidden in undeniable sight. blending muckraking study and immersive journalism over the process a five-year research, Ethan Brown reviewed millions of pages of formerly unseen murder documents to figure out what occurred in the course of each one victim’s ultimate hours. Epic in scope and very 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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They answer to no one, except, theoretically, the voters. Sheriffs are elected, and generally stay in office for as long as they please. And anyone who wants to be anyone courts the sheriff’s favor. ” The role of the sheriff in Louisiana as both king and kingmaker—particularly in small parishes like Jefferson Davis—often yields, unsurprisingly, widespread corruption. 6 Cormier also used inmates in the parish lockup for his personal tasks, a highly unethical and illegal practice. A federal investigation into Cormier’s activities yielded a sprawling indictment.
Farther down Highway 1126, Barb Ann Deshotel, a longtime friend of the victim’s, watched nervously as investigators set up a perimeter around the crime scene. Early that morning Terrie Guillory, a deputy from the Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office who had a thick, stocky build, a shaved head, and a scruffy goatee, had arrived at her home on West Division Street in South Jennings to question her about Loretta’s whereabouts. ” Deshotel remembers Guillory asking. “When was the last time I seen her?
Law Enforcement Danny Barry: Former deputy with the Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office; frequent client of the Jeff Davis 8; died in 2010. Dallas Cormier (pronounced COR-mee-yay): Jefferson Davis Parish sheriff, 1980–92; indicted by the feds for using public funds for private purchases; plead guilty to one count of obstruction of justice. Ramby Cormier: Detective with the Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office; serves on the Jeff Davis 8 Taskforce; former detective with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.