In 2010, journalist Ethan Brown was working for a law firm as an investigator on a capital case. It was a job that had him regularly driving back and forth along Interstate 10 from his home in New Orleans to southwestern Louisiana, and it was on these drives that he first saw the billboards featuring the faces of the eight murdered women.
Known as the Jeff Davis 8, the women had all lived in or near Jennings, Louisiana, the seat of Jefferson Davis Parish. From 2005 to 2009 their bodies were discovered in canals and off back roads. They ranged in age from 17 to 30, were Black and white, and were connected by a thriving crack trade set amid the quiet rice and crawfish farms.
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