Thursday, January 21, 2016

Killing Fields- Eugenie Boisfontaine- Newspaper Articles from 1997

BY DARK SLEUTH

(Edited 3/23/16:  This post was originally published on 1/21/16 with the 2nd episode video embedded from the official Discovery Youtube channel.  It is no longer available.)



Discovery Channel's new true-crime series, Killing Fields, continues its investigation into the 18 year unsolved murder case of Eugenie Boisfontaine, which I covered in an earlier post.  

I've decided to continue watching the series, which is available on Discovery Go if you have a cable subscription.  You can also purchase episodes or the entire season on Amazon Instant Video.  


                                        Quick Case Recap:
Eugenie Boisfontaine was a 34 year old LSU student who went missing in June 1997 and was subsequently found murdered on August 7, 1997.  Her remains were discovered in Bayou Manchac, at least 13 miles from where she lived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Her case went cold, as I detailed in my previous post, in large part because of lack of funds, technology and man-power to investigate.  

The Iberville Parish Sheriff's office reopened the case in mid-2015. In an article from a local paper, the Plaquemine Post South, Sheriff Stassi stated that Discovery's involvement in the case made resources, such as expedited DNA, available that the department could not have afforded otherwise.    

I decided to research the archives of local newspapers to see if her case was being covered by the media in 1997 at the time of her disappearance.  What I found is quite interesting and has not yet been discussed on the show.




                   Articles from The Advocate - Baton Rouge 1997:

On July 23, 1997, The Advocate featured an article, "Police seek woman missing since June 13."  The article stated that Boisfontaine's family had hired a private investigator who distributed flyers with information on her disappearance.  Also of note, an investigator stated that detectives "had no reason to suspect foul play" but were not ruling anything out.  Most surprising of all, it seems that Boisfontaine had been treated for "severe paranoia" in the past and may have acted "strangely if suffering from an acute episode."

Less than a month later, on August 15, 1997, The Advocate published another article, this time announcing the identification of her remains. The article gives the reader a better glimpse into Boisfontaine and her family and mentions again her past affliction with paranoia. Famed forensic anthropologist, Mary Manhein, aka "The Bone Lady" helped identify Boisfontaine's remains. Saddest of all, an investigator is quoted as saying, "This is going to be a tough one," perhaps not realizing how prophetic those words were.  

The (periodic?) bouts of clinical paranoia may explain why Boisfontaine led such a quiet life and did not share many details with friends.  Boisfontaine's withholding of information from friends is mentioned in the 2nd episode of the series, "Buried Secrets."  
It may also make the detectives job more difficult, if they have to distinguish between what Boisfontaine may have perceived as a threat vs. what truly was a threat. Ultimately, it adds another tragic layer to her death, coming through such violent means. 

The articles are available below:




Sources of Information:

The Advocate  online archives:

"Police seek woman missing since June 13" The Advocate 23 July 1997: 8a. Online 21 January 2016.

Moore, Melissa. "Body identified as BR woman missing since mid-June" The Advocate 15 August 1997: 1-B;X, Online. 21 January 2016.

Plaquemine Post South article:
Green, Andrew. "Reopened IPSO cold case premieres on Discovery Channel." Plaquemine Post South 6 January 2016.  Online. 21 January 2016. 
http://www.postsouth.com/article/20160106/NEWS/160109887/0/SEARCH/?Start=1

Killing Fields Episode 2: "Buried Secrets":
https://youtu.be/KEixNFjpRxw
http://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/killing-fields/videos/buried-secrets/

Killing Fields Episode 3: "The Last Witness":
https://www.discoverygo.com/killing-fields/the-last-witness/

The entire series & individual episodes are available for purchase on Amazon Instant Video:
http://amzn.to/1Rzixkg




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