The 38 Special

March 16th, 1984 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Jeff Doucet walks through the city’s airport under police guard. Arrested for the abduction and molestation of 11 year old Jody Plauche. Forensically proven, convicted and on his way to jail, it was an open and shut case.

Unbeknownst to Doucet, and his police escort, meters away, talking on a bank of pay phones was the victim’s father, Gary Plauche. At his side, his 38 snub nose revolver.

It was over in seconds, as the Doucet and his police escort walked past the hunched father, Gary turned, calmly withdrew his weapon, and discharged a 38 calibre hollow point directly into Doucet’s head. He was killed instantly. The whole incident caught live on air.

Gary Plauche served seven years on a suspended sentence, with five years probation and 300 hours of community service, the judge asserting that he was of no threat to public safety. Jody Plache, now an adult, is a vocal advocate for victims of child abuse, campaigning tirelessly on the subject.

Read the full story here.

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