The Crescent City is a land of good music, food, and people, known more for warm smiles and loud conversations than for the sepulchral tones that often lurk around the corner. The days in this animated city are full of bright colors and eclectic sounds, but the nights, under the cover of darkness, are when the drama ensues. Glamour and drama have always suited each other well, and when it comes to New Orleans, nothing makes for a better murder setting.
This collection of seven of the most renowned murders of the early twentieth century, compiled by beloved New Orleans novelist, Robert Tallant, reveals the grisly side of the Big Easy. Remarkably researched and intricately described, the thrilling details of each story jump right off the page to intrigue and chill the reader. Readers will learn about the enthralling tale of fat Kate Townsend, owner of the elegant brothel on Basin Street, who was found dead on her bed, as well as the disturbing story of French hypnotist Dr. Deschamps, who was found in his filthy room with a young girl dead beside him. From the mafia to a twenty-five-year-old girl, a quadruple killer from a respectable family, to the ever mysterious Axman, a ripper-esque angel of death, these accounts of New Orleans’ murder history will make for fascinating reading.