In Loving Memory Of Faye Aline Self

Wednesday, October 18, 2006


Happy Birthday Aline.

We love you.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Interview with killer is 'major step' in Coushatta investigations
Investigators to brief DA this week on their progress
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September 12, 2006
By Vickie Welborn
vwelborn@gannett.com

COUSHATTA "" An interview with self-professed serial killer Robert Browne in Colorado Springs, Colo., was a "major step" in the investigation of three apparent unsolved homicide cases in Red River Parish, a state police investigator said Monday.

Exactly what information Browne shared to aid in the investigation cannot be disclosed, said Michael Allen, senior trooper with the Louisiana state police North District Detectives Division. But Allen and state police Lt. Dusty Gates plan to brief Red River Parish District Attorney Bill Jones on Wednesday.


"Our investigation is continuing, but we have a lot of work to do," Allen said Monday.

Allen, Gates and Red River Parish Sheriff Johnny Ray Norman spent several days last week with the El Paso County sheriff's office in Colorado Springs. Browne, 53, who grew up in Coushatta and Fairview, is serving two life sentences for the killings of two young Colorado girls.

In July, Browne claimed responsibility for 48 homicides nationwide, including three in Coushatta in the early 1980s. Browne takes credit for the deaths of Katherine Jean "Fuzzy" Hayes, 15, in October 1980, Faye Aline Self, 26, in March 1983 and Wanda Faye Hudson, 20, in May 1983.

Browne was questioned about all three cases, Allen said.

"Browne was very cooperative with the interviews. The option of returning to Colorado is open as our investigation progresses," he added.

Monday Norman was on the receiving end of questions as Self's niece, Christy Cole, of Minden, was armed with questions that have haunted family members.

Cole said she left Monday's session with Norman with even more questions.

Allen acknowledged the family's frustration. "We are doing everything we can. It was a cold case. It was 23 years ago. It's like starting from scratch," Allen said.

(For those who are asking questions, Christy went to Coushatta yesterday with a list of questions and a tape recorder to interview Sheriff Norman. Almost every question she asked he answered by saying he didn't know and we would have to ask the previous sheriffs. He was extremely agitated whether from frustration or anger or whatever but his answers didn't really answer anything. He said he tried to sit in on the conversation but their tape recorder wasn't working very well so he missed a lot of the talk between Browne and the La. State Police agents. Why go all that way with faulty equipment ? Doesn't anyone in Colorado have a working tape recorder? He did say that Browne was very forthcoming with answers and talked freely. Still it remains a mystery what he said. After reviewing witness statements around the time it happened, there are many details the police never brought up, including another suspect who was apparently lying from the start, Daniel Gallaspy. I understand he still lives somewhere around Mansfield and has a reputation as being a rather strange "duck". Is he also a killer ? Does he know more than he admitted to? It appears likely that he does. Where is Lacresha Foster (her name then)?
She tells one story and Daniel tells another. If you are out there Ms. Foster and someone knows you, please contact me at
nyetno9@hotmail.com. If you lived around there in March of 1983 and you may have seen something or heard something please email me and it will be checked out. A long time ago Larry Rhodes (detective) told me the only way this case would ever be solved is for someone to talk. We need the help of the people who may know some little tid-bit. Thank you from her family)

Sunday, August 27, 2006

One year later


Into the Bonny Blue


Katrina, Katrina, wash me away.
Cry me a river and flood the bay.
Float me the hope of rescue one day.
As you drown my love I'll drift astray.

Bring history to bear on open shores.
Bring back thy fathers from distant wars.
Bring back to me The Empire I love.
Katrina, Katrina. What have you done?

On waves of memory comes back the child.
Left to die, alone in the wild.
The old are gone too, all washed away.
The day Katrina came home to stay.

North winds scream and south winds blew.
While the bayous weep, they still do.
They lay in wait for better days.
Where better dreams once were slaves.

Katrina, Katrina. Wash us away.
Kill our tommorrows and savage our way.
Change the heart of a nation in less than a day.
Katrina. Katrina. Wash me away.


Christy Cole

Friday, August 25, 2006


Fields of Flowers, for those still lost to dwell in.


Sometimes, they do come home again.

This is why no loved one of 'The Missing' can ever give up hope. God bless you child and welcome back.

VIENNA, Austria - Police said Friday that DNA tests prove that a young woman who turned up earlier this week is Natascha Kampusch, who vanished as a 10-year old eight years ago.

The announcement was made at a news conference called to give new details of the investigation into Kampusch's disappearance and her discovery Wednesday in the small town outside Vienna where she says she was held by her abductor. While relatives had already identified Kampusch, police had been waiting for the results of DNA tests to remove any doubt.

Link Here


(When her captor was cornered he killed himself. In this case that may actually be for the best, since she will never have to face him again.)

Thursday, August 24, 2006

What in Gods' Name is going on in Red River Parish...?

Black students ordered to give up seats to white children


Status of Red River Parish bus driver is unknown.


COUSHATTA -- Nine black children attending Red River Elementary School were directed last week to the back of the school bus by a white driver who designated the front seats for white children.

The situation has outraged relatives of the black children who have filed a complaint with school officials.


Superintendent Kay Easley will meet with the family members in her office this morning.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People also is considering filing a formal charge with the U.S. Department of Justice. NAACP District Vice President James Panell, of Shreveport, said he would apprise Justice attorneys of the situation this week. He's considering asking for an investigation into the bus incident and other aspects of the school system's operations, including pupil-teacher ratio as it relates to the numbers of white and black children, along with a breakdown of the numbers of black and white teachers employed.

"If the smoke is there, then there's probably fire somewhere else," Panell said in a phone interview from New Orleans. "At this point, it is extremely alarming. We fought that battle 50 years ago, and we won. Why is this happening again?"

Link here

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

What the hell....?


"Browne had written Hess in one of his early letters that he wouldn't give out information for free — he expected favors in return. Hess worked with corrections officials to allow a private doctor to examine Browne's arthritis after he complained about the medical care in prison. The doctor concluded that Browne was being treated correctly.

In exchange, Browne told Hess about three women he said he killed in his hometown of Coushatta, La. Two were Browne's neighbors in an apartment complex owned by his brother whose deaths had drawn Smit's suspicions years ago. Louisiana authorities confirmed the killings and said Browne once had been a suspect but was never charged."



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"In his conversations with Hess, Browne declared several subjects off the table. One was his family. The son of a onetime deputy sheriff, Browne was the youngest of nine children reared in a modest home in northern Louisiana. He dropped out of high school and joined the Army, serving seven years before being dishonorably discharged for drug use. Investigators said Browne claimed to have committed his first murder — breaking the neck of another soldier during a fight over a prostitute — while stationed in South Korea in 1975."


Link Here LA TIMES

Tuesday, August 22, 2006


One for Wanda Faye Hudson. If any of her family can see this, you are welcome here any time.


"Across the country, loved ones sat stunned Friday, still absorbing startling revelations about daughters or mothers taken from them a long time ago.

Wanda Faye Hudson's relatives heard the news on television Thursday and immediately began calling one another with the shocking news: Robert Charles Browne, a home-town boy from Coushatta, La., was a self-described serial killer.

And his confession, cops now say, could bring the mystery that had haunted them for 23 years to an end.

The news brought back horrific memories. But, along with the anguish came some vindication. Hudson's uncle, Robert Watson, always felt that the case was bungled. He described his family as "poor white folk" and said the sheriff's office failed to pursue the case.

"It's a terrible situation," Watson said. "They wouldn't tell us nothing at the sheriff's office. They sure wouldn't. They still don't want to talk about it."

Watson recalled the horror of the scene. His 21-year-old niece was naked and had been stabbed repeatedly.

"I put my hands over my face and looked. She was struck with a screwdriver 20 times," Watson said.

Afterward, Watson sat on the porch of his niece's home. Burning up with a fever, he tried to protect her from the many people who were tromping through the crime scene. He said he heard that sheriff's deputies were snapping crime scene photos and showing them around town.

Watson's son, Rusty Watson, said Hudson was a "happy-go-lucky" girl. About six months before her death, she had decided to return to the church.

"She was just being a teenager, running around and having a good time. She had just quit all that and started going to church and was living for the Lord," said Rusty Watson, who now lives in Petal, Miss.

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