Abdulrahman Zeitoun was charged Wednesday in New Orleans with soliciting the murder of his ex-wife, son and another man.
Zeitoun was the hero of Dave Eggers' 2009 book, "Zeitoun," which chronicled his valiant efforts to provide assistance in the chaotic days following Hurricane Katrina, which were followed by his mistaken arrest and imprisonment. The book portrayed a happy marriage between Abdulrahman Zeitoun and his then-wife, Kathy, who are the parents of five children.
In recent years, their relationship deteriorated. She received a divorce earlier this year.
The New York Times reports, "In an interview with The New Orleans Times-Picayune, Ms. Zeitoun said the book had accurately portrayed their relationship at the time. But she said her ex-husband had since grown angrier and more violent and his Islamic views had become more 'radical.'"
Early this year, the Smoking Gun learned of a domestic abuse incident in Kathy Zeitoun's home. The police report described Abdulrahman Zeitoun as pushing Kathy to the floor and punching her in the head. He pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of "negligent injuring."