The Gruesome Murder-Suicide of The Couple That Peaked During Hurricane Katrina

The love (and death) story of Zach Bowen and Addie Hall.

Nicole Kenney
11 min readJan 26, 2021
Zack Bowen and Adriane “Addie” Hall outside of their apartment after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in 2005; Photo Source

On October 17, 2006, the New Orleans Police Department got a call from the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel at around 8:30 P.M. The hotel was reporting a guest they saw who jumped off of the rooftop bar, fell seven stories, and died on impact from landing on the top of a parking garage.

The police rush to the scene and next to the building they find the body of 28-year-old Zack Bowen. At first glance, the police saw this as nothing more than just a suicide. Moments later, they were able to locate a plastic bag in Bowen’s right front pocket. Inside the plastic bag was a short note to the police, his army dog tags, and a key to his apartment in the French Quarter. The note contained Zack’s address along with the name of his landlord to grant permission to a search warrant.

The short message he wrote said:

“This is not accidental. I had to take my own life to pay for the one I took. If you send a patrol car to 826 N Rampart, you will find the dismembered corpse of my girlfriend Addie in the oven, on the stove, and in the fridge and a full signed confession from myself.”

Zack Bowen



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