Saturday, September 4, 2021

Slain at the Alter.


At the wedding of James Baptiste and Marie Dujoe, on the Jamisen Plantation, near Thibodeaux, Lousiana, on February 2, 1886, the lights were suddenly extinguished, leaving the room totally dark. Wedding guests sat stunned as screams rang out through the darkness. The lamps were relit revealing that the groom had been stabbed seven times and lay dying on the floor. An investigation soon revealed that Baptiste had been murdered by Keziah Collins, a former paramour—but not soon enough to prevent Keziah from escaping aboard the steamboat Alice LeBlanc.


Sources: 
 “Murdered at a Wedding,” The Weekly Wisconsin, February 4, 1886.
“Slain at the Altar by his Former Mistress,” Illustrated Police News, February 27, 1886.
“State News,” Donaldsonville Chief, February 13, 1886.
“State News,” Donaldsonville Chief, March 6, 1886.

3 comments :

Leslie says:
September 4, 2021 at 6:39 PM

This is the entire story? Or am I missing something? All I’m getting is a very short paragraph.

Gaslight says:
September 5, 2021 at 12:12 PM

Yes, shorter than usual, but that is all I could find about the case. I like the picture so posted it anyway. RW

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