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

REVIEW

Grisly annual of baffling murders in a baby Louisiana town.

New Orleans–based investigative reporter Brown (Shake the Devil Off: A Accurate Story of the Annihilation that Rocked New Orleans, 2009, etc.) spent two years unraveling the belief abaft the impoverished, addicted sex workers murdered in hardscrabble Jennings, Louisiana. While media and badge aggrandized fears of a consecutive killer, the columnist argues the murders resulted from bunco amid base law administration and biologic dealers, seeking to abuse the women for informing. “It should accept been accessible all along,” he writes, “that the Jeff Davis 8 killings were not the accomplishment of a serial killer…[since they] all knew one addition intimately.” Brown focuses on Frankie Richard, an crumbling pimp whom the columnist interviewed extensively; although Richard proclaims his innocence, Brown abstracts access amid him, the victims, and cops who calmly amiss affirmation adjoin him. His portrait of law administration is damning, anecdotic able admiral “who were acclimatized to advancement afield affectionate access with those on the amiss ancillary of the law.” Although a assignment force was launched in response to accessible anger, Brown accuses them of amateurishness and misconduct; in one startling example, an investigator bought, cleaned, and resold a barter that may have been acclimated in one murder. The columnist angle these seamy capacity as congruent with a ability of badge abandon and a bounded underground of drugs and criminality that treats such women as disposable; distressingly, the victims themselves seemed to concur, with the mother of one noting, “I anticipate she could feel that they were closing in on her.” Brown’s autograph is bright and approachable, and his analysis is meticulous, alike as locals grew hostile toward his analysis (his final capacity altercate access to political figures above Jennings). Although he presents few accurate answers to these mysteries, readers will be annoyed by the abhorrent implications of a narrative bearing similarities to the aboriginal division of True Detective.

Compulsively clear accurate abomination provoking questions about policing, poverty, and the ritualized atrocity of the rural South.

EDITORIAL REVIEW

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.

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

  • BookMurder in the Bayou: Who Killed the Women Known as the Jeff Davis 8?
  • Author:Ethan Brown
  • ISBN:1476793255
  • ISBN-13:9781476793252
  • Binding:Paperback
  • Publishing Date:2016-09-13
  • Publisher:Scribner
  • Language:English
  • Number Of pages:272