Ethan’s multi-year investigation into eight unsolved homicides in Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana, ran on Medium.com in late January of 2014. The piece–”Who Killed the Jeff Davis 8″–has been praised by the likes of True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto, the late true crime writer Michelle McNamara, and Vanity Fair critic James Wolcott. Read it here:
Medium Senior Editor Mark Lotto talked to Capital New York about the “Jeff Davis 8″ piece and the re-launch Medium’s publication, Matter, here.
In March of 2014, Ethan signed a deal with Scribner to write a book about the Jeff Davis 8 case; the book, Murder in the Bayou, will be published by Scribner in September of 2016.
In September of 2014, Ethan’s Jeff Davis 8 piece was included in a True Detective anthology that also featured works by Ambrose Bierce, Thomas Ligotti and Arthur Schopenhauer.
Ethan’s book about the Jeff Davis 8 case, Murder in the Bayou, is the result of years of witness interviews and public records requests, many of which were made under Louisiana’s Public Records Act. Specifically:
*Dozens of witness interviews conducted over five+ years with law enforcement, suspects in the murders, friends and families of the victims, drug business players, local journalists, and local politicians.
*Records requests—beginning in 2011—to a slew of public agencies including the Louisiana State Police, the Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriffs Office, the Jefferson Davis Parish District Attorney’s Office, and the Jennings Police Department. The result of such requests was thousands of pages of records at a cost of over $10,000. One request to the Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office for “calls for service” records to a single place of business, for example, resulted in more than 1,000 pages of records at a cost of nearly $1,700.
*Multiple in person research visits to public entities ranging from Jefferson Davis Parish Civil Court to the Calcasieu Parish Clerk of Court the Vermillion Parish Clerk of Court.
*Records requests for multiple civil and criminal federal court records which resulted in thousands of pages of records–often entire case files—from the United States District Court in the Western District of Louisiana.
*A review of dozens of Taskforce witness interviews and a 100+page summary of Taskforce witness interviews.