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

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

This is an investigative novel about the murders of eight women in Jefferson Davis Parish in Southwest Louisiana between 2005 and 2009. Why no one has ever been brought to justice for these murders appears to be because local law enforcement, which is charged with solving crime, was rather too deeply involved in the cases.

The author is from New Orleans, and not familiar with the Cajun country (he describes boudin as a food served in a broth, which it isn’t). He is on firmer ground when reconstructing, via public records and interviews, the lives of these women, the activities of the men they associated with, and the local authorities who intersected with the lives of everyone involved.

I live two parishes and thirty miles from the area where these murders took place, and the prevailing opinion here is that ‘the serial murderer is in law enforcement, that’s why the women trusted him’. This book would indicate that rather than the work of a single serial murderer, the women were killed by persons unknown because they knew too much about the drug scene and its connection to local law enforcement.

I liked reading this book, but after reading this book I doubt that the killers of these women will ever be brought to justice.


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