New Orleans: Essex, LaLaurie & Danzinger

Marcus goes to New Orleans to face down its demons, investigating 3 crimes from 3 different eras: the horrifying cruelties of Madame LaLaurie; the war of Mark Essex and the post-Katrina shootings at Danziger bridge.

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Marcus Sakey in New Orleans
Marcus Sakey in New Orleans

Marcus Sakey in New Orleans

Pondering a steamy city of colliding cultures and corruption, Marcus looks out upon the water. 960 1280

  

Marcus Sakey and Antoine Saacks

Marcus Sakey and Antoine Saacks

Marcus meets with Antoine Saacks. The former Marine officer describes how an angry sniper named Mark Essex had the entire police force running in circles as he turned the downtown Howard Johnson’s hotel into a killing field. 960 1280

  

Marcus Sakey meets with former Black Panther member Malik Rahim

Marcus Sakey meets with former Black Panther member Malik Rahim

On New Year’s Eve, 1972, an ex-Navy cadet named Mark Essex declared a terror war on New Orleans. Here, Marcus meets with former Black Panther party member and Essex acquaintance, Malik Rahim, who describes the “glare of rage” he saw in Mark’s eyes. 960 1280

  

Marcus Sakey gets attacked by a police dog

Marcus Sakey gets attacked by a police dog

Marcus comes to New Orleans to chase down its demons and his own fears. Here, Marcus braves getting attacked by a police dog. 960 1280

  

Marcus Sakey and a police dog

Marcus Sakey and a police dog

The police dogs are sweet animals who have a job to do. Marcus calls a truce with his "attacker." 960 1280

  

Marcus Sakey writing in a restaurant in New Orleans

Marcus Sakey writing in a restaurant in New Orleans

Marcus cannot even fathom how someone like Madame LaLaurie could get away with the horrifying cruelties she imposed on her slaves. 960 1280

  

Marcus Sakey with voodoo priestess Miriam Chamani

Marcus Sakey with voodoo priestess Miriam Chamani

To learn more about the voodoo religion practiced by the slaves, Marcus meets with priestess Miriam Chamani and asks her for a blessing. She provides him with much more. She reads his life with such accuracy, it shatters his skepticism. 960 1280

  

Marcus Sakey volunteers for Project Homecoming

Marcus Sakey volunteers for Project Homecoming

While in New Orleans Marcus volunteers his time with Project Homecoming, an organization who rebuilds homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. 960 1280

  

Marcus Sakey with Warren Riley on Danziger Bridge

Marcus Sakey with Warren Riley on Danziger Bridge

Two days after Hurricane Katrina, police -- responding to an alleged firefight on New Orleans’s Danziger Bridge -- shot and killed innocent civilians. Here, Marcus meets with Warren Riley, the former superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department at the time of the killings to hear the full story. 960 1280

  

Marcus Sakey and Hal Clark at Lil' Dizzy's

Marcus Sakey and Hal Clark at Lil' Dizzy's

Exploring the post-Katrina violence, Marcus talks to New Orleans resident Hal Clark. Over gumbo at Lil’ Dizzy’s in the storied Treme neighborhood, Clark recounts the victims of the Danziger Bridge shootings. 960 1280

  

Marcus Sakey and students at Tulane University

Marcus Sakey and students at Tulane University

Marcus then heads to Tulane University to sit in on Dr. Peter Scharf's criminology class. The class has a discussion about the police and their actions in the Danziger Bridge shootings. 960 1280

  

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