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

Murder in the Bayou Who Killed the Women Known as the Jeff Davis NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA SOUTHERN LIVING BOOK OF THE YEARAn explosive true life southern gothic story Murder in the Bayou chronicles the twists and turns of a high stakes investigation into t

  • Title: Murder in the Bayou: Who Killed the Women Known as the Jeff Davis 8?
  • Author: Ethan Brown
  • ISBN: 9781476793252
  • Page: 453
  • Format: Hardcover
  • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA SOUTHERN LIVING 2016 BOOK OF THE YEARAn explosive, true life southern gothic story, Murder in the Bayou chronicles the twists and turns of a high stakes investigation into the murders of eight women in a troubled Louisiana parish.Between 2005 and 2009, the bodies of eight women were discovered around the murky canals and crawfish ponds of JenningNEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA SOUTHERN LIVING 2016 BOOK OF THE YEARAn explosive, true life southern gothic story, Murder in the Bayou chronicles the twists and turns of a high stakes investigation into the murders of eight women in a troubled Louisiana parish.Between 2005 and 2009, the bodies of eight women were discovered around the murky canals and crawfish ponds of Jennings, Louisiana, a bayou town of 10,000 in the heart of the Jefferson Davis parish Local law enforcement officials were quick to pursue a serial killer theory, opening a floodgate of media coverage from CNN to The New York Times Collectively the victims became known as the Jeff Davis 8, and their lives, their deaths, and the ongoing investigation reveals a small southern community s most closely guarded secrets.As Ethan Brown suggests, these homicides were not the work of a single serial killer, but the violent fallout of Jennings brutal sex and drug trade, a backwoods underworld hidden in plain sight Mixing muckraking research and immersive journalism over the course of a five year investigation, Ethan Brown reviewed thousands of pages of previously unseen homicide files to determine what happened during each victim s final hours Epic in scope and intensely suspenseful, Murder in the Bayou is the story of an American town buckling under the dark forces of poverty, race, and class division and a lightning rod for justice for the daughters it lost.

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    1. Murder in the Bayou by Ethan Brown is a 2016 Scribner publication. Although this case may have made headlines at some point between 2005-2009, I was not familiar with it. I stumbled across this book while browsing through the Axis360 library and decided to check it out, but I never imagined it would give me a real case of the shivers. The ‘Jeff Davis 8’ case was so named because the murders took place in Jefferson Davis Parish in Louisiana. The location does indeed create that Gothic tone th [...]

    2. Pretty good. I somehow heard about this book through a quirky connection between the LISK documentary that recently came out and figured this was something similar. Actually it revolves more around the corruption of Southern law enforcement than anything to do with a serial killer. But overall it was informative, interesting, and shocking in many respects. Fits with the current societal problem of power leading to corruption.

    3. I’m more than a little disappointed that I couldn’t get through this book, because I genuinely like true crime and from what I’ve read about it, this was great investigative journalism by the author. But the audiobook performance was just not working for me. It sounded like the narrator was reading a news article that he just didn’t find very interesting. I gave it more than my minimum 20 minutes of listening for audio before deciding to DNF, but I’m not rating it, as my issues with it [...]

    4. 2.5 but I rounded down.It was excited to read this book, but it was disappointing. A lot of the chapters were all over the place, Besides that, Brown talked about too many different topics in one chapter. I also wish we learned more about the Jeff Davis 8. Brown only wrote a small bit about their lives, which was kind of annoying. I wanted to learn more about them. That being said, the amount of corruption that took place in this parish though was terrifying. I was constantly disgusted by it.I w [...]

    5. I've been waiting for this book for a while now, ever since the podcasts Thinking Sideways and Sword and Scale covered the case. I was engrossed by this book and the wait was well worth it. It's horrifying to think of the system that failed these women and may have ever been involved in their murders. I highly recommend this book.

    6. Interesting. If you like true crime stories or mysteries like Making a Murderer, you should check it out. There are so many questions. Things were definitely not handled right.

    7. Honestly? I think this should be required reading for Louisiana residents. The events behind these murders are.cious? Terrifying? Indescribably heartbreaking for anyone who loves Louisiana and wants her to be the best she can be. It's obvious that things were (and probably still are) amiss in Jennings, La. Sadly, there are other towns across the state and across the country with these same issues of corruption. A well-written, thoroughly researched account of these murders and the investigation [...]

    8. Brown, as a investigative reporter, blurs the lines too much. He's also a private investigator, but that gives him no license to offer his own personal opinions on what happened.The writing was not very compelling, the investigation was complicated and hard to follow, the graphics were difficult to read because of how they were formatted in the book. I'm sure Brown has ability, but he wrote this story as someone with a lot of knowledge of the case instead of as someone who has to explain the cas [...]

    9. So as far as a "true crime" book goes it's not up there with my favorites - Monster of Florence, Helter Skelter, Stranger Beside me - but it was a good book; it's more like long-form journalism. So I wasn't captivated but it's an important story and I hope his reporting will help to bring justice for these poor women and their families. Overall I would recommend reading the book and never setting foot in Southwest Louisiana.

    10. This book hit close to home because it's not to far from where I grew up in Louisiana. Overall, the book is sad because so many women lost their life over stupid things. It was probably my least favorite true crime book. It was a quick read, but reading some parts about how people beat the system is sickening.

    11. I would give a rating of 3.5 stars. An interesting story, well researched and written. I think I expected something more in the presentation of the information, maybe more suspense? The corruption is incredible, the town and area of Lousiana come off sounding lawless. I would recommend this book, mostly because these women's stories should be told.

    12. Amazing book. The author really gets tot he heart of the matter and doesn't hold back even when his life is threatened. If you think New Orleans is corrupt, you ain't seen nothing yet!!

    13. This book was so boring! I really thought it was going to be more interesting, but it wasn't even very conclusive. Really don't waste your time reading or listening to this book.

    14. Very interesting and compelling account of the Jeff Davis 8 case. It is infuriating how such a corrupt police force has simply hung on for the past decade (and longer). It's sad that none of these women will have justice brought to their killers--unless everyone involved in the corruption is booted from office, which seems (sadly) unlikely.

    15. Kinda meh. A lot of jumping around the timeline & I hate that. Maybe some day I'll pick it up & try again.

    16. Great ReadThank you for all of your efforts in trying to bring justice to all of these victims. I knew we had corruption but you brought it to an all new light. EXCELLENT read

    17. This is definitely not my usual type of book. For starters, it's non-fiction; I like my reading to be an escape, but this came highly recommended and I'm glad I made the exception. It's also a crime book and, while I enjoy a good crime thriller, they pale in comparison to fantasy and sci-fi books for me.Being from Louisiana, I vaguely recall these murders being in the news. Not much, because I avoid the news as a general rule, but enough that I remember getting a new pepper-spray because of it. [...]

    18. I live within 30 minutes of Jennings & had followed this story over the years. I couldn't wait to read the book. I am so glad that I did even though it is very disturbing to have so much crime in such a small town. For the first several chapters I could only read 5 or so pages at a time before I had to put it down - and let me say that I am a "reader" & I will finish a book in a day given the opportunity - but reading about people I knew, knew of (the Lake Charles connection), etc made m [...]

    19. Murder in the BayouThis book tells the story of 8 women who were tragically murdered. It gives details of where ,how they were found and leading up to there deaths.He also talks about the corruption, incompetence, intimidation, violence, cover ups and lies in the local police and sheriff's Department. I've lived in this parish all of my life. I knew things went on here. We just don't talk about it. He talked about it like all the cops here are corrupt. They are not some of them are good men and [...]

    20. The best true crime book I've read in a while. Highly recommend to anyone who enjoys stellar, precise journalism that is also focused on the victims and their families.

    21. THE CORRUPTION IS MIND-BLOWING!! While there is some theorizing and inclusion of rumor, Brown's information seems to be well-researched and presents a chilling picture of law enforcement incompetence, corruption, and culpability. I am from the area so I find this very compelling. I'm not sure how interesting someone from outside the state would find it. I'm too biased to be able to tell.

    22. Amazing, shocking, appalling. So unbelievable that it has to be true. This book delivers twist and turns that will have your draw dropping all the way through. Excellent research through out this book. Not for the faint of heart, this tragedy is still on going, I pray that one day the truth will come out and the grieving families will have some peace.

    23. I was worried when the author used the word utilize TWICE on the first page (groan). Fortunately, the writing improved. The story itself is fascinating enough to make up for some bumps it its telling, and readers really get a sense of the dismal place where the murders happen and for the victims.

    24. I don't particularly enjoy how Ethan Brown tends to interject himself in his writings. And there was a bit too much conjecture in this but I found the discussion of small town Louisiana politics and crime fascinating.

    25. In the recent election was a candidate for Senate who is in this book. And not as a good guy. Typical Louisiana politics. I believe this book is mostly true, although I did take issue with certain details.

    26. Great True crime/ Mystery read! I highly recommend this to my friends. It will keep you up at night!Hopefully one day the victims will have vindication. I can not stress enough to my friends that like mysteriesREAD READ READ this!

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