Woman Killed in Klan Ritual

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

COVINGTON, La. (AP) -- An Oklahoma woman invited to a rural Louisiana campsite for a Ku Klux Klan initiation ritual was shot and killed after she asked to be taken back to town, the sheriff of a New Orleans suburb said Tuesday.
Eight people were arrested after authorities found the woman's body hidden under some brush, on the side of a road several miles from the remote campsite where the initiation was planned.
Investigators found weapons, several flags and six Klan robes at the campsite, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain said in a news release.
Strain said the woman, whose identity was not released, was recruited over the Internet to participate in the ritual and then return to her home state to find other members for the white supremacist group.
But Strain said the group's leader, Raymond "Chuck" Foster, 44, shot and killed the woman Sunday after a fight broke out when she tried to leave. Foster was charged with second-degree murder and is being held without bond.
Capt. George Bonnett, a spokesman for the sheriff's department, said he didn't know what the initiation involved.
"We haven't completely sorted out if they finished the initiation," he said. "I assume that they had started it, but I don't know if they were finished."
Bonnett said he doesn't know if Foster has an attorney. He also said that in three years with the department, this was the first time he had seen a case involving the KKK.
Seven others were charged with obstruction of justice and were held on $500,000 bond at the St. Tammany Parish jail. All eight of the suspects live in neighboring Washington Parish, but Bonnett said he couldn't immediately identify their hometowns.
Authorities said some of the suspects tried to conceal the crime by burning the woman's belongings along with other items at the campsite.
Strain said the woman arrived in the Slidell, La., area last week and was met by two people connected to the Klan group. She was taken over the weekend to the campsite near Sun, La., on the banks of the Pearl River. Sun is about 60 miles north of New Orleans.


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  • by Pam Location: Jackson on Nov 12, 2008 at 07:11 AM
    When is this station going to start reporting local news stories. They should start asking college professors from MSU, baker, LCC, JCC, Albion, Spring Arbor, davenport, Great Lakes for contributions from their communication students. I would love to see a short story on the Rose City Parade or the Mission programs of local churches.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 12, 2008 at 05:49 AM
    head line is missleading. comeon women killed in klan ritual. She was shot at a bon fire with a bunch of white biggots. Not a ritual. duh
  • by Anonymous on Nov 12, 2008 at 05:48 AM
    I wonder how big the Klan is?
  • by Sarah Location: Lansing on Nov 12, 2008 at 04:39 AM
    I am supposed to feel sorry again why?
  • by Kelly Location: Lansing on Nov 12, 2008 at 12:04 AM
    Awww...if you can't trust a group of KKK members, who CAN you trust??
  • by Dianne Location: Michigan on Nov 11, 2008 at 05:24 PM
    Sounds like this one should be a federal case of luring a woman across state lines and killing her. I certainly hope they at least find enough evidence to charge first degree murder and put this racist murderer away for life.
  • by JoeyLoey Location: Lansing on Nov 11, 2008 at 05:13 PM
    Well... Lets see... Eight KKK members and one wanabe, off the streets... Gone... All Klan rally's should end up that way...
  • by D Horton Location: Michigan on Nov 11, 2008 at 04:16 PM
    You have got to be putting me on. Second Degree Murder!!!!! What are you guys thinking down there. Here's a woman recruited by a racist organization. She changes her mind, decides she doen't want to join. She asks to be returned to town. A fight breaks out. Shes killed, body ditched under some brush. The sheriff calls this Murder II. It sounds like Murder I to me. Those responsible need to rot in jail!
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