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

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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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Nicole Kenney

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