Sunday, April 24, 2005

Huey P. Long was not assassinated

Louisiana Governor Huey P. Long was not assassinated by Dr. Carl Weiss. He was accidentally killed by his bodyguards who later planted a gun in Weiss' hand.

This was the testimony of Col. Francis Grevemberg on WDSU's "Closeup", the former Louisiana State Police Superintendent (1952-56). He credited eyewitness state troopers on the scene of Huey Long's death with the information.

Grevemberg's story is told in a new book, My Wars.

Grevemberg was made famous for smashing thousands of illegal slot machines and cracking down on prostitution despite mob threats against him and his family.

There's more on Huey Long's death at the Calcasieu Louisiana History site.

Huey "Kingfish" Long, the populist governor who campaigned on the slogan "Every man a king," was the most active governor in Louisiana's history, implementing a broad array of public works projects. Many historians suggest that he had presidential aspirations, and that he might have challenged FDR for the White House. His strongarm tactics and unprecedented consolidation of power in Louisiana has led others to question what his legacy might have been given events in Europe at the time.


At 10/17/2006 06:19:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude I don't know where you got that from,but thats some bull.After Doctor Weiss shot Huey Long his bodyguard shot Dr. Weiss.


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