Something unexpected happened when Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi opened his agency’s doors to a Hollywood camera crew looking to film a true-crime reality show about investigations into unsolved murders.
Within two short seasons of “Killing Fields,” which aired on the Discovery Channel, Stassi saw the investigators of his Criminal Division who starred in the series become so popular and beloved that viewers have named children and pets after them.
And the camaraderie of the detectives that the show highlighted attracted a couple of fans in the law enforcement business to travel from other states to beg Stassi for a job.
“One drove from South Dakota just to meet us,” Stassi says, with a laugh. “He said he liked the way I run my department from what he watched on the show and he wanted a job. And he went back, packed up his family and now works here.”
The sheriff says it’s no
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That’s one of the questions raised on tonight’s episode of the Discovery Channel series “Killing Fields.”
With a warrant in hand, the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office arrives at the Plaquemine home of Tommy Francise to search the property for evidence related to the 1991 killing of Curtis “Cochise” Smith. The target of the probe, however, isn’t home at the time.
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The show’s second season has focused on the Smith homicide, while continuing to follow the reopened case of Eugenie Boisfontaine, which began in the first season. Boisfontaine, 34, an LSU graduate student, was found dead in Bayou Manchac in Iberville Parish in August 1997.
Smith, 30, who had worked for Francise, was last seen alive on Feb. 21, 1991, in Plaquemine.
“Killing Fields” airs at 9 p.m. on Discovery Channel (cable Channel 46).
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IBERVILLE PARISH, LA (WAFB) –
There’s a mystery that has lingered too long in Iberville Parish. A missing person’s case has turned into a murder investigation.
Is it tied to another murder? There are a lot of questions here. There are so many, in fact, that a national investigative television series has come calling to 650 square miles of land, trees, swamps and water. It can be a paradise for those who love the outdoors. The winding roads leading you to places all but off the map. It’s a great place to get lost for a while … or maybe for 25 years.
The winding roads, the woods and swamps can hide a lot, like a body. The Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office has been looking for one in particular for a quarter century and investigators say they have a
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