14 posts tagged Hammond


Eric Walber’s killers may go free

When the 21st Judicial Court convicted six men for the 1998 robbery and brutal murder of 16-year-old Eric Walber, the victim’s friends and family in Albany expected those found guilty to either die by lethal injection or spend the remainder of their lives behind bars. Those expectations grew stronger each year as judge after judge denied each of the convicted’s appeals. Then, three years ago, those expectations began to die. Since 2016, the homicide case the United States Supreme Court said resembled “a house of cards” has continued to collapse, and in time, all of those ...

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Should Tangipahoa Parish apologize for lynchings?

Michael J. Pfeifer, the author of several books about lynching and its roots in the United States, told me last week that the New Orleans massacre "was a horrific act of collective violence inspired by ethnic prejudice, but it was hardly the largest act of collective violence in Louisiana history. Someone,” he said, “should be talking about Bloody Tangipahoa.”

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Confessed Axe-man dies in Tangipahoa Parish jail

A century later, historians still cannot prove the identity of the Axe-man, but one Tangipahoa Parish police officer may have taken the answer to his grave.

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Justice catches up with Goodyear Killer

In 1986, a federal court magistrate granted Spears a new trial citing concerns about the original testimony. District Attorney Duncan Kemp had three months to retry Spears or set him free.

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Goodyear Killer escapes justice multiple times

The killing rampage began after at 5:30: PM August 8, 1975, as the Hammond Goodyear Tire Center closed for the day. With the doors still unlocked, the store’s manager and assistant manager balanced the day’s books, as a black man walked in asking about cassette players. Producing a snub-nosed .22 caliber handgun, the intruder handcuffed the men together, and—as his captives begged for their lives—he shot both in the back of the head.

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