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ArkLaMiss Mysteries: Who killed the Jeff Davis 8?

JENNINGS, La. (KNOE) – Eight women were killed in one small town in south Louisiana between 2005 and 2009. Their killer has never been caught. They’re called the Jeff Davis 8, and it’s a case that has haunted a community for more than a decade.

These are the eight women killed in Jennings, Louisiana between 2005 and 2009. Their killer is still on the loose.

There’s no easy way to get to Jennings, Louisiana. Small, two lane roads eventually lead you to the small, quiet town. But for years, this town has been hiding a dark secret.

Eight women killed in just four years. Who did it? Well that remains a question without an answer.

In May of 2005, a fisherman found the body of Loretta Chaisson in a creek on the outskirts of town. Later that same year another body

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10 True Crime Books That Will Keep You Up All Night Long

There’s something uncomfortably borderline-voyeuristic about reading true crime books. Such books are not, after all, thrillers or mysteries wherein the suffering is fictional and the thief/kidnapper/abuser/killer gets smacked in the face by karma at the oh-so-satisfying conclusion. In true crime, the victims are real, and very rarely do their stories end tied up in a nice, neat bow. As a reader, I know all this, and yet, I’ll still be the first person to admit to reading true crime — and as any true crime reader knows, since first discovering classics like In Cold Blood and Helter Skelter, it’s hard not to get just a little hooked.

But why do readers get so hooked on terrifying true crime books, anyway? There is something to be said for the heart-pounding hope of willing good to reign supreme over evil. There’s also something about wanting to understand the nature of

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Opinion: Series of murders in Louisiana highlight lack of justice, police corruption

“Murder in the Bayou: Who Killed the Women Known as the Jeff Davis 8?” was published in Sept. 2016 by investigative journalist Ethan Brown about his research into a series of murders surrounding Jennings, Louisiana that occurred between 2005 and 2009. While the implications in Brown’s book have been shocking, if not wholly surprising, they illustrate the many abuses by institutions charged with serving the public such as law enforcement and journalist towards communities on the lowest rungs of American social class.

In his book, Brown immediately debunks the serial killer myth that has persisted since the initiation of the unsolved crime’s task force in 2008.

Brown also asserts that “local law enforcement [including the task force] is far too steeped in misconduct and corruption to run an investigation [with integrity].” In fact, numerous named sources claim blatant corruption by local authorities throughout the article and Brown mentions a scene of egregious

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Kristen Gary Lopez’s grandmother still kept the newspaper clippings stored in a box. When investigative journalist Ethan Brown met her at her home and they sat down at her kitchen table, she got them out. “And she’d laminated them,” Brown told me, “which you can see anybody doing.” In March of 2007, the body of Kristen Gary Lopez was found in Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana. One year later, her cousin Brittney Gary would also be found.

But what stuck with him wasn’t the clippings, Brown suggested. “She said, ‘You can have these if you want.’ And I said: ‘I don’t want them, they’re yours! I’m not taking your memories.’”

Brown’s new book Murder in the Bayou: Who Killed the Women Known as the Jeff Davis 8? traces the intersecting lives of eight Louisiana women,

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Murder in the Bayou

Kristen Gary Lopez’s grandmother still kept the newspaper clippings stored in a box. When investigative journalist Ethan Brown met her at her home and they sat down at her kitchen table, she got them out. “And she’d laminated them,” Brown told me, “which you can see anybody doing.” In March of 2007, the body of Kristen Gary Lopez was found in Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana. One year later, her cousin Brittney Gary would also be found.

But what stuck with him wasn’t the clippings, Brown suggested. “She said, ‘You can have these if you want.’ And I said: ‘I don’t want them, they’re yours! I’m not taking your memories.’”

Brown’s new book Murder in the Bayou: Who Killed the Women Known as the Jeff Davis 8? traces the intersecting lives of eight Louisiana women,

Read more at: https://psmag.com/murder-in-the-bayou-66e33a245c6d

Dark Truth Behind 8 Sex Workers Murdered in the Bayou

The details of the Jeff Davis 8 murders are so incredible – and so quintessentially bayou – that if they were fiction they’d seem a little heavy-handed. Between 2005 and 2009, eight women from the town of Jennings, Louisiana, in Jefferson Davis Parish, were murdered, their bodies dumped in crawfish ponds and canals in the area. For years, the police department has implied that a serial killer was in the parish’s midst, but it’s been over a decade since the killings began, and the cases remain unsolved. It sounds like the plot of True Detective, but when the details are laid out all at once, as they are in Ethan Brown’s mesmerizing new book Murder in the Bayou, it starts to make the hit HBO show seem downright restrained – and the bayou look a lot like the rest of the country.

Though the victims’ causes of death varied –

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There Is Something More Sinister Than A Serial Killer At Work In This Real-Life ‘True Detective’ Tale

160913JeffDavis8.JPGEthan Brown is a New York journalist turned private investigator for defense attorneys in New Orleans. In his new life, he’s still making time for the odd writing project. In keeping with his past journalism work—doggedly researched and sensitively observed books and articles about street-corner mythology, horrible crimes, the Kafkaesque corners of the legal system, and the survival tactics of marginal people—his latest book is a real-life True Detective story, with more horrifying conclusions than anything on HBO. (There was speculation that the first season of True Detective was based on the same case Brown covers, but creator Nic Pizzolatto has denied that.) Brown’s new book Murder in the Bayou, is the product of a five-year investigation into the fate of the Jeff Davis 8—eight sex workers, who all ran in the same circles in the small, southwestern Louisiana

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Author Ethan Brown On The Jaw-Dropping Revelations Detailed In His New Book, ‘Murder In The Bayou’

Yeah.

It was just a funny — an odd little meeting, even for Jennings. A good example of the weird culture of the area. These odd white dudes that are like, you know, street hustlers, little white dude gangsters, basically, you know? He was one of them. I was introduced to him by Kirk. Said hello. Went back to my hotel that night. The next morning very early I got a call from Kirk that Bowlegs had been murdered.

Whoa.

I had just met him hours earlier. That had never happened to me, ever. In all of my time writing about crime or working as an investigator. I’d never met somebody who was murdered hours later. So that in itself was fascinating.

I’m sure.

Then

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The Mysterious, Unsolved Case of Eight Dead Sex Workers in the …

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Louisiana’s Jefferson Davis Parish first seized a grip on Ethan Brown’s imagination in the summer of 2011. Eight women had been found in the crawfish ponds and canals of Jennings—a town of about 10,000—in various stages of decomposition, between 2005 and 2009, and the investigative journalist took a trip to the area to poke around. Soon after arriving, he interviewed a local
drug dealer, David “Bowlegs” Deshotel, who claimed to have dated several of the victims.

The next morning, Deshotel was dead—and Brown knew he had to keep digging.

Things quickly got weirder. According to Brown, when he arrived at the crime scene where Deshotel’s body had been discovered, it was completely unsecured—no yellow police tape or anything. In fact, he said, people were actively walking in and

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The Mysterious, Unsolved Case of Eight Dead Sex Workers in the Louisiana Bayou

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Louisiana’s Jefferson Davis Parish first seized a grip on Ethan Brown’s imagination in the summer of 2011. Eight women had been found in the crawfish ponds and canals of Jennings—a town of about 10,000—in various stages of decomposition, between 2005 and 2009, and the investigative journalist took a trip to the area to poke around. Soon after arriving, he interviewed a local
drug dealer, David “Bowlegs” Deshotel, who claimed to have dated several of the victims.

The next morning, Deshotel was dead—and Brown knew he had to keep digging.

Things quickly got weirder. According to Brown, when he arrived at the crime scene where Deshotel’s body had been discovered, it was completely unsecured—no yellow police tape or anything. In fact, he said, people were actively walking in and out

Read more at: http://www.vice.com/read/jeff-davis-8-louisiana-bayou-jennings-ethan-brown-sex-workers-murder