this day in crime history: september 8, 1935

On the day in 1935, Senator Huey “The Kingfish” Long was shot in the Louisiana State Capitol.  He died two days later of complications from the wound.

Long was shot after a confrontation with Carl Weiss, a Baton Rouge doctor.  Weiss allegedly took exception to Long’s persecution of Weiss’s in-laws, who were Long opponents.  Weiss was shot multiple times by Long’s bodyguards and died at the scene.

The details of what actually happened aren’t clear, and several theories exist as to what went down.  The official story is that Weiss ambushed Long in the hallway of the Capitol and shot him.  But some people believe that Long was mistakenly shot by his bodyguards.  One theory has it that Weiss never even drew a gun, and that Long’s bodyguards overreacted, shooting Long and Weiss, then planting Weiss’s .32 automatic (which he usually kept in the glove compartment of his car) at the scene.

Thanks to a lack of modern forensics and a slipshod investigation, we’ll probably never know what really happened that night.

Further reading:

HueyLong.comAssassination

Wikipedia – Huey Long

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5 thoughts on “this day in crime history: september 8, 1935

  1. John D.:
    Imagine that…a “redistribution-of-wealth” proponent. And a Democrat as well.
    In those days, such insurrectionists were shot. Nowadays, we ELECT them to the presidency…TWICE.
    (we’re so much kinder and gentler I suppose).

    I wonder if Long was also an anti-Semitic?
    Long was against the National Recovery Act?
    Cripes, that was the ONLY program of FDR that got any traction and got people back to work.
    And while he admitted to NOT being a Commie, I’d have to say his pendulum swung the OTHER way…he was a “National Socialist” aka a FASCIST.

    Very good post (and great links)

    Like

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