“Between 2005 and 2009, the bodies of seven more women would be discovered around the swamps and canals that ring Jennings, a staggering body count for a tiny sliver of a town of about 10,000. Along with Lewis, the victims were Ernestine Marie Daniels Patterson, 30; Kristen Gary Lopez, 21; Whitnei Dubois, 26; Laconia “Muggy” Brown, 23; Crystal Shay Benoit Zeno, 24; Brittney Gary, 17; and Necole Guillory, 26.”So writes Ethan Brown, an investigative reporter who spent two years studying the case of the Jefferson Davis Parish, where eight dead prostitutes washed ashore around a small Louisiana community called Jennings. Mr. Brown, who gave his exhaustive report on Medium, was able to uncover that the supposed serial killings–which in 2008 required a multi-agency investigative team of FBI, sheriff, and local law enforcement–although left unsolved, actually linked the prostitutes to high-level police officers. Multiple pieces of evidence tied police to the murders, the most important being that several members of the Jeff Davis 8 witnessed the 2005 shooting of a drug-dealing pill-doctor by an officer. Others had been on the verge of speaking out about police corruption. Read More
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