While preparing to cast a fishing line out over the bridge of the Grand Marais Canal on the outskirts of a small town called Jennings in Louisiana, retiree Jerry Jackson thought he could see a mannequin floating beneath the water.
But as he moved closer to get a better look at the floating shape he quickly discovered it was, in fact, a human body.
The body of a 28-year-old woman named Loretta Lynn Chaisson Lewis was pulled out of the canal, located in the Jefferson Davis Parish, on May 20, 2005 and although local police launched an investigation into her death, as she was a prostitute with a history of drug addiction, her death was quickly labeled just an unfortunate fallout of the rampant drug trade that ran through the area.
Just one month later, another body was found in different canal winding through this same location just outside of Jennings.
The victim was named as 30-year-old Ernestine Patterson who also worked as a known prostitute in the area.
Her throat was found to be slashed, and local police ruled her death a homicide. While two men were held for second-degree murder in the case of Ernestine Patterson, the charges were later dropped due to a lack of credible evidence.
The bodies of five more women were then found between 2007 and 2009, all seemingly dumped in the puzzle of murky waterways that lined the small town of Jennings. In a town that was only home to 10,000 poeple the mysterious body count soon began to attack attention.
The other bodies were soon identified as Kristen Gary Lopez, 21, Whitnei Dubois, 26, LaConia “Muggy” Brown, 23, Crystal Shay Benoit Zeno, 24 Brittney Gary, 17 and Necole Guillory, 26.
By the time they were all discovered, their bodies were in such an advanced state of decomposition that although the coroner stated that one of the deaths could be due to asphyxia, the exact causes could not be fully determined.
These women, who are now known as “The Jeff Davis 8”, were not only linked to each other through their deaths but also in their lives.
Watch the official trailer for Stan’s Murder in the Bayou below. Post continues after video.