Tootie Montana’s final words on this earth were, “I want this to stop.” Continue Reading
It’s fall 1970, and the folks who live in New Orleans’ Desire Housing Project are verbally unloading on police officers who have shown up 250 strong in an effort to forcibly evict the local chapter of the Black Panther Party.
Little kids are chanting, middle-aged folks are hollering, and old folks are shouting as well. The crowd is determined to drive the police out of their neighborhood, and in a result that seems shocking a half-century later; they did just that. The cops withdrew. Continue Reading
These are the words a murderer has scrawled on a greaseboard inside the Louisiana Pizza Kitchen prep area shortly after he killed three of the company’s employees and attempted to kill a fourth.
His crime netted him and his accomplices about $2500. Continue Reading
Following her death in the winter of 2010 at the tender age of 28 she was described as “collateral damage” by the team of assassins who inadvertently killed her in their zeal to murder her companion Jerome “Man Man” Hampton. Continue Reading
Inside you would have found hundreds of adherents to Mother Catherine Seals, the Black founder of one of the largest religious movements of the early 20th century. Parrots squawked about, alleycats were underfoot and a resident donkey had the run of the grounds. A goat ambled among the chickens pecking the turf. Continue Reading
When a Bourbon Street bouncer put a Smith and Wesson pistol in a San Diego Chargers’ lineman’s face on a warm Saturday night in January 1965 he could not have known he was kickstarting the biggest story in the world of sports in that august year. Continue Reading
Powerboats, high-performance Cadillacs, and turbo-prop airplanes criss-crossed Louisiana, and the rest of the south as the cartel waged a reign of terror that saw dozens of killings, and enormous amounts of money go into the gang’s coffers Continue Reading
The rumors are still out there some 70 years later.
Harry Choates, the godfather of Cajun music, was beaten to death in his jail cell by Travis County police officers on July 17th, 1951. Continue Reading
That was the Reverend Peter Rogers, New Orleans police chaplain, responding to the wild violence in New Orleans during the first week of 1973. Continue Reading