Alan G. Gauthreaux



Alan G. Gauthreaux holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in History from the University of New Orleans.  Gauthreaux is the author of Italian Louisiana: History, Heritage, and Tradition, which won critical and national acclaim, as well as many articles on military history; he also coauthored Dark Bayou: Infamous Louisiana Homicides.  He works as an adjunct instructor of history at Nunez Community College.

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State Capitol, House Committee Room 2
Book Talk
Dark Bayou

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Dark Bayou: Infamous Louisiana Homicides

This collection chronicles 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: 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 own invincibility.


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