5 posts tagged Independence

Drug-dealer killed by modern-day Bonnie and Clyde

According to 1987 court testimony, a couple in Tangipahoa Parish robbed a drug dealer and then shot him in the head. Four police officers also testified in court that day, describing how law enforcement had discovered Tally’s burned car in nearby Livingston Parish and how the murder weapon—the .38 caliber handgun—had never been found.

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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.

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Nofio Pecora

Panama Bandit Killer Collector for the mob

Last week, we retraced the footsteps of Sergeant Walter Holmes, a New Orleans Police Detective on the trail of a hold-up man wanted for the murder of Bar-owner Thomas Gagliano in 1958. His search took him into Kentucky, then North Carolina, and finally, the Tangipahoa Parish Jail in Amite. In each location, he compared traits of truck-driving hold-up men. None of the three proved to be the killer. Disappointed, Holmes loaded his car in Amite, preparing to leave, when Tickfaw Police Officer Louis Pigno approached him. Pigno recognized a police sketch of the bandit as a man called ...

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Holidays hurt for those who mourn the missing

For some, the holidays are not happy times. Instead, it is time to remember and mourn friends and relatives who have vanished without a trace. Perhaps, we can help change that for one family this week.
Stacy Cook

Stacy Cook

The Charley Project profiles approximately 10,000 missing person cold cases in the United States. The non-profit does not actively investigate cases; it is merely a publicity tool that allows relatives to report loved ones who have been missing over a year. Their database includes 253 missing persons from Louisiana....

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Crime

Cold cases abound in southeast Louisiana

Dr. Boulahanis

Dr. Boulahanis

Last week, with the assistance of Southeastern Louisiana University Criminal Justice Professor Dr. John G. Boulahanis, we identified a gap existing between open and closed homicide cases and sent Public Records Requests to 16 agencies in the Florida Parishes, asking their help separating cases that have ended in an arrest from those abandoned when prosecutors refused to prosecute. ...

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