October 21, 1991 |
The tomb of the man labeled by history as Huey P. Long's assassin was opened in Baton Rouge as a forensics sleuth hoped to settle questions about the death of the Louisiana political legend. Workers carefully scraped away 19 inches of hard dirt on top of the vault of Dr. Carl Austin Weiss, who died in a hail of bullets along with Long in 1935. If historic accounts are correct, Weiss shot the "Kingfish" as he strolled down a state Capitol corridor, then was killed by Long's bodyguards.
June 7, 1992 |
Louisiana state police have concluded that the doctor who was always blamed for the 1935 assassination of Sen. Huey P. Long was indeed the gunman that day, an officer said Friday. State Police Lt. Donald R. Moreau testified Friday that Long, the legendary "Kingfish" of Louisiana politics, was killed by a single shot fired at close range. 'He was shot once, the bullet passing completely through his body and exiting through his back," Moreau testified at a hearing on the case.
June 6, 1992 |
Authorities on Friday closed their investigation of Sen. Huey P. Long's killing after reaching the same conclusion as almost 57 years ago: that Louisiana's political "Kingfish" was slain by a doctor out to right a family wrong. "He was shot once, the bullet passing completely through his body and exiting through his back," state police Lt. Donald R. Moreau testified at a hearing. "There was one assassin. That assassin was Dr. Carl A. Weiss." Long, a U.S.
September 23, 1992 |
Huey P. Long was the most accomplished, loved, hated, feared and fearsome populist politician of the American century. Who would argue with that? A caravan of commas is required just to begin to take his measure. Ruthless, brilliant, inspiring, reckless and more, his "Share the Wealth" society and his slogan "Every man a King!" electrified the poor and panicked the prosperous. Here in this green, pine-swamp town, Long was born 99 years ago.
May 19, 1994 |
The gun some people believe was used to kill Huey Long was turned over Wednesday to the Louisiana State Police, which lost possession of it more than half a century ago. For the last three years, the Browning 7.65-millimeter automatic has been the subject of a court fight over its ownership. Most historians believe that Dr. Carl A. Weiss pulled the gun and shot Long in the state Capitol on Sept. 8, 1935. Long's bodyguards killed Weiss.
June 12, 1994 |
At the end of a long day working the Strawberry Festival in the 1991 Louisiana governor's race, Edwin W. Edwards paused outside the little house he shared with his girlfriend and reflected on his political destiny: "Probably the best thing that can happen to me is to get elected and to die the next day." It took a bit longer, but that's about what happened as, last week, Edwards told a shocked Legislature he would not seek a fifth term.