The White Shadow
So this week we are in New Orleans, the last time I was here was in June of 2001, I was down here looking for one of the perpetrators of a triple homicide (The Carnegie Deli case). It brought back a lot of fond memories for me because I worked with some of the best detectives in the world in New Orleans — who assisted my partner and I on that case. I actually still keep in contact with some of those guys. This time however, I am here for a different type of case, not far from the devastation of hurricane Katrina. I have seen a lot of devastation in my life and was at the WTC, as the buildings came down. But during my investigation, it took me into an area where Katrina hit the hardest. Even though it was many years later, I was still able to see the destruction that it caused, and it bothered me, but I was also happy and impressed by the progress in the rebuilding.
Anyway, onto this week’s upcoming episode. As I entered the home and met with the owner, I was intrigued by its design and the way it appeared to have new as well as very old parts of the house. Similar to last week’s episode, there is a child, a young boy, who lives in the home and has seen some things. I was concerned about him, but did not feel the same urgency as I did with Salem. He slept in a room that was even uncomfortable for me, and I don’t scare that easy. Even the owner’s dogs were also having some issues in the home as well as in the yard.
As I continued my investigation, I knew I would have to contact and interview prior residents of this home. This was not as easy of a task as I thought it should be. Also, conducting my due diligence for records on the home was an issue; many records were destroyed from Katrina. There were a lot of rumors as to what had taken place at this home over the years, which in detective work is referred to as “the nice to know category”.
I did catch a break when I was able to find a woman that lived there as a young child over 50 years ago, and she was able to make sense as to what the new owners were experiencing. There is a lot of history down in New Orleans, not all of it good, and this home had plenty of it. In the end, it seems that a lot of questions were answered. I’m still not sure if I would like sleeping up in that room the young boy sleeps in.
Until next week, stay safe.