Gary-Patterson

Jeff Davis 8 - Between 2005 and 2009, the bodies of eight young women, who were all either involved with drugs or sex work, were discovered in swamps in the area of Jennings, Louisiana. Most of the young women knew one another with some being related by blood. They were identified as:

  • Lynn Lewis, 28
  • Ernestine Marie Daniels Patterson, 30
  • Kristen Gary Lopez, 21
  • Whitnei Dubois, 26
  • Laconia “Muggy” Brown, 23; 
  • Crystal Shay Benoit Zeno, 24
  • Brittney Gary, 17.
  • Necole Guillory, 26,

The cause of death was difficult to determine in a couple of the deaths due to extreme decomposition but it’s generally believed that they were all murdered. Two of the victims’ were discovered with slit throats. The deaths were mishandled by authorities from the onset with an abundance of evidence being “lost.” A number of witnesses even named local police officers as suspects in the deaths. It was also reported that the women were informants for police before their deaths and had even provided information regarding the other victims before being killed themselves. The case still remains unsolved to this day, with many believing the police to be involved while others believe it to be the work of one sadistic serial killer.

At the same time Patterson is known for his solicitude for hometown folk and people who knew him when; forgetting where he came from is the sin he can’t commit. So he’s given me time and inside dope, allowed me to talk to his sons and wife, thrown open his calendar. But he can’t decide whether I come as an old housemate or a journalist, and the uncertainty makes him uneasy.
—  — Sports Illustrated’s S.L. Price
on TCU football coach Gary Patterson, his former housemate