Husband arrested in brutal wife murder
Newspapers described Hermina Reed, 26, as a “curvaceous, pretty young woman, whose olive complexion, fashionable clothing, and jeweled fingers attracted attention wherever she went.” Amite Attorney Amos L. Ponder described Reed’s murder as “the most ghoulish South Louisiana had ever witnessed.” Police charged her husband, Leroy Reed—a 40-year-old carpenter and part-time taxi driver from Amite—with “disfiguring his wife’s face beyond recognition” by repeatedly swinging a ship’s carpentry hammer found at the scene. Reed told police he only discovered his ...
Unanswered questions in Kentwood police shoot-out
For many, this case left questions unanswered, those regarding motive, an alleged tri-parish drug-smuggling operation, and the accusation that an Assistant District Attorney covertly swore allegiance to the Ku Klux Klan.
History ties Oswald and Ferrie in Southeast Louisiana
This week marks the 55th anniversary of the Kennedy Assassination. Whether a lone nut, innocent patsy, or co-conspirator, Lee Harvey Oswald and his connections to southeast Louisiana in the summer of 1963 are fascinating. Carnal Knowledge, my upcoming book detailing those connections and others throughout the state. That group discussion got me thinking I should share some of that information in this column....Earlier this month, Covington’s English Tea Room invited me to speak to a small group concerning