Last week, we told you about Murder in the Bayou: Who Killed the Women Known as the Jeff Davis 8?, the new book by investigative reporter Ethan Brown on the “real life True Detective” case that drew lots of attention in 2014 following the publication of a Medium piece by Brown. The book explores the unsolved murders of eight sex workers who were all killed in Jennings, a town of about 10,000 that resides in Jeff Davis Parish in southwest Louisiana, between 2005 and 2009. The murdered women — who all plied their trade out of the same roadside motel, the Boudreaux Inn — have come to be known as the Jeff Davis 8. Local authorities originally pushed the theory that the murders were the work of a single serial killer, but Brown’s five-year investigation reveals that something far more sinister may be at play.
As we noted last week, “the police incompetence and misconduct meticulously outlined by Brown… are downright staggering, even knowing what we know today about how pervasive police corruption is in some parts of the U.S., to the point where it feels as though Jennings, Louisiana isn’t a place that could possibly exist in the United States of America in 2016. It comes off as the type of depraved, sordid, unsettling place you’re more likely to find in a third-world country ruled by a dictator.” Additionally, Murder in the Bayou reveals that the Boudreaux Inn was run for years by Martin “Big G” Guillory, a member of Rep. Charles Boustany’s congressional staff, and alleges that Boustany, who’s currently running for Senate, himself was a client of some of the murdered sex workers. Boustany has denied the allegations in the book through his spokesperson, and yesterday his wife publicly defended him in an email to supporters.
“He’s a good man, a loving husband, and an incredible father to our two children,” Bridget Boustany says in the email. She went on to allege that Brown’s book is the work of her husband’s political opponents, charging that “Charles’ opponents have resorted to lies about him,” adding that the explosive details in Murder in the Bayou are nothing more than “false attacks aimed at bringing down a candidate who threatens to take the lead and win the race for U.S. Senate.” In response to Bridget Boustany’s email, Brown said, “I stand by what I reported in my book.”
Recently, we sat down with Ethan Brown — a former New York Magazine staff writer who now also works as a private investigator — to discuss Murder in the Bayou and how he first learned of the Jeff Davis 8 case and became captivated enough by it to devote five years of his life to investigating it. Brown also details how he essentially accidentally stumbled upon the connection to Rep. Boustany detailed in the book.