Lagniappe Living in Lake Charles, Louisiana: March 2013

Calcasieu Parish Lake Charles LA History Have a Role in "The Pardon"

Lake Charles  LA is full of interesting and colorful history. Louisiana has always been a favorite place for filming and storylines. There are many historical buildings in Lake Charles LA that are associated with stories of public interest and the Calcasieu Parish Courthouse is said to be haunted!

One of Lake Charles famous stories is that of Toni Jo Henry who came up with a plan to break her husband out of jail.

Toni Jo married Claude Henry (nick-named Cowboy) in 1939.  Shortly after their marriage Cowboy Claude went on trial for killing a former police officer in a bar room brawl. When his newlywed bride Toni Jo heard the sentence of  50 years in prison, she shrieked, "I'll get you out, Cowboy! Don't worry!"

Toni Jo Henry took her vow seriously, and she plotted to get her man back.  

On Valentine's Day, 1940, Joseph A. Calloway, set out from his Houston home in a sparkling new Ford coupe, headed for a business meeting in Louisiana. He disappeared.......

Toni Jo conveniently needed a get away car to break "Cowboy" out of jail.  Calloway in his Ford Coupe fit the bill for what she needed...Toni Jo and her accomplice Finnon Burks hi-jacked Calloway and his car.  No one had a clue of what had become of Calloway until Toni Jo showed up unannounced at an aunt's house near Shreveport and announced that she had killed a man...but did she really pull the trigger?

Hollywood has brought the story to live in the film The Pardon.   Filmed in Shreveport Louisiana with references to Calcasieu Parish  movie goers get to experience the story of Toni Jo and her trial. I went to go see the move and you may find it a bit slow moving however I could appreciate the references to the names and places.  The cards were stacked against Toni Jo and the film shows the Judge's bias especially with appointing two tax attorneys as her counsel.

 

 

Who really pulled the trigger remains a mystery.  Finnon Burks was tried and executed for his part in the murder and his story was Toni Jo shot Calloway.

Toni Jo Henry became the only woman executed in Louisiana’s electric chair. The execution took place in the Calcasieu Parish Courthouse in 1942

It is said that the courthouse is haunted by the ghost of Toni Jo Henry.  There have been reports of electrical outlets not working, doors locked and even the smell of  a woman’s hair burning. Lights flickering and electrical system failures have all been blamed on Toni Jo!

 

 

The Travel Channel lists The Calcasieu Parish Courthouse as one of the top ten haunted places in America.   Apparently Toni Jo never left!  

 

 

 Calcasieu Parish is rich in culture and history.   I  love Lake Charles and enjoy sharing my knowledge of our city with those relocating to Lake Charles or visiting Lake Charles. 

  To learn more about Lake Charles  and Lake Charles Real estate, visit my website. 

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