In Dark Bayou: Infamous Louisiana Homicides, co-authors Alan G. Gauthreaux and Daryl Hippensteel present a collection of historical profiles that chronicle the most mysterious, bizarre and often overlooked homicides in Louisiana history.
Drawing on contemporary records and, where available, the recollections of those who provide a coherent version of the facts, these mesmerizing tales detail some of the more gruesome episodes in Louisiana history: the rise of the first Mafia
“godfather” in the United States; the murder of two New Orleans police chiefs; the brutal murder of a famous New
Orleans madam; the story of a respectable young woman who “accidentally” poisoned her younger sister and is a
suspect in other family deaths; the ritual killing of blacks in southwestern Louisiana and eastern Texas; the mysterious
death of a young housewife which still generates debate; and the demise of a local celebrity who believed in his
Alan G. Gauthreaux teaches history and makes historical presentations on a variety of topics in Louisiana and surrounding
areas. His previous works may be found in America’s Civil War, Civil War Illustrated and Globe Communications. He
lives in Kenner, Louisiana.
Daryl Hippensteel is a full-time criminal justice faculty member at Delgado Community College in New Orleans. He is a Louisiana state certified peace officer, having served with the Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff’s Office for two years and for the past ten years has been serving in the reserve division for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. A decorated Vietnam combat veteran, he lives in Marrero, Louisiana.
The book is published by and can be ordered directly from McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, Box 611, Jefferson, NC, 28640. Phone 800-253-2187 or go to www.mcfarlandpub.com. List price is $29.95.