- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 19, 2006

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — After Hurricane Katrina, Zackery Bowen and girlfriend Adriane Hall appeared in the press as examples of young people who had carried on in the battered city despite evacuation orders and a lack of power and water.

Their story came to a disturbing end this week: Bowen leapt to his death from a hotel, leaving a note that led police to a French Quarter apartment where they found a woman’s charred head on the stove, limbs in the oven and torso in the refrigerator.

In the note, Bowen wrote: “I scared myself not by the action of calmly strangling the woman I’ve loved for one and a half years … but by my entire lack of remorse,” according to the Times-Picayune newspaper, which said it had obtained a copy of the note.

Bowen wrote that he had $1,500 in cash and spent it lavishly before killing himself, the newspaper reported: “So that’s what I did: good food, good drugs, good strippers, good friends and any loose ends I may have had.”

Police would not confirm the wording and, because of the condition of the dismembered woman’s body, they could not immediately identify her. They were looking for Miss Hall.

The body was found late Tuesday in the second-floor apartment that the couple had shared above a voodoo shop, according to the landlord.

A woman who identified herself as Priestess Miriam Chamani of the Voodoo Spiritual Temple and Cultural Center below the apartment said the couple had recently moved in.

“You never know what’s going on in people’s minds,” she said, incense wafting onto the sidewalk from her shop.

The apartment’s owner, Leo Watermeier, said he last saw Miss Hall on Oct. 5, four days after the couple put down a deposit on the one-bedroom, $750-a month apartment. Later that day, Mr. Watermeier said, Bowen called him, angrily saying the woman was kicking him out.

Mr. Watermeier said Miss Hall told him she had caught the boyfriend cheating.

The motive appeared to be a dispute over rent, police spokesman and chief of detectives Anthony Cannatella said. It indicated Bowen strangled the woman after an argument and cut up her body with a hand saw and knife, according to police.

“He took his life to compensate for the life he had taken,” Mr. Cannatella said.

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