Mark James Robert Essex was an American mass murderer who killed nine people, including five policemen, and wounded 13 others in New Orleans on December 31, 1972 and January 7, 1973.
Between December 31st, 1972 and January 7th, 1973, Essex killed nine people, including five police officers, and wounded thirteen others in the largest shooting spree in the history of New Orleans, Louisiana and the deadliest days ever for the New Orleans Police Department, He is most infamous for his attack on the Downtown Howard Johnson's Hotel on Loyola Avenue in New Orleans on January 7th, 1973 where he shot and killed a number of police, firefighters, hotel employees, guests and set several fires.
He was shot and killed on the rooftop of the hotel that evening by sharpshooters in a U.S. Marine Corps helicopter. Much of the attack was shown live on New Orleans television. It is believed that Essex turned to violence in response to virulent white racism he experienced while serving in the U.S. Navy. Following his involuntary special discharge, he had contact with a wing of the Black Panthers in New York. When police searched Essex's apartment following the attacks, they found the walls covered with racist graffiti with the words "hate" and "kill" repeated over and over again.
This is the official and complete case file on the crimes on Mark Essex from the New Orleans Police Department - Criminal Investigation Division. The case file is a .PDF file which is compressed within a .ZIP file. The entire case file is 1,236 pages and is 20 megs in size.
Contents of the case file include:
IV. Crime Scene Description
V. Physical Evidence
VI. Essex Bio
VIII. Crime Scene Exhibits
IX. Complete Statements and Interviews
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