Was Senator Huey Long murdered by an assassin or was he accidentally shot by his own bodyguards?

Huey Long

Dr. Carl Austin Weiss was named the assassin


He was a superstar of Depression Era politics, a fiery speaker known as “The Kingfish.”  His name was Huey Long. At age 34, Long was elected Governor of Louisiana and became a Senator three years later.

Were the bodyguards responsible?

Long was incredibly popular because he believed in redirecting America’s wealth. In a speech, he said, “No man must be allowed to have too much. No man must be allowed to have too little. Unless you limit the size of the big, it necessarily means that the small people must become more and more impoverished as time goes on.”

He was a national figure, and there was serious talk of a run for the Presidency in 1936.  But that idea worried some people. To the rich and powerful, Long was the enemy, and he received numerous threats. Some believed Long was better off dead than being President. In fact, a few were convinced it was the only way to stop him. Historian and author Ed Reed:

“Huey Long had a great compassion for a lot of people, but that compassion did not extend to people who crossed him. Once you crossed Huey Long, you had an enemy for life. People lost jobs. They lost businesses. They lost lands. They lost everything because of the vindictiveness of Huey Long.”

The bullet matched the bodyguard’s gun

Judge Henry Pavey of St. Landry Parish was one of the many elected officials that Long targeted for political destruction. And it was Pavey’s 29-year-old son-in-law, a respected doctor named Carl Weiss, who is still remembered as the man who assassinated Huey Long.

Four days before his death, Long returned to Louisiana from Washington, D.C. He had convened a special session of the state legislature. Ignoring threats against his life, Senator Long walked boldly between the State House Chamber and Governor Oscar Allen’s office, where history says that Dr. Carl Weiss was waiting. Just after Long spoke to the governor, Dr. Weiss shot him in the hallway. Weiss was then shot more than sixty times by Long’s bodyguards. Weiss’ .32 caliber pistol was found beside him.

Huey Long died 30 hours later. He was just 42-years old. His funeral drew more than 100,000 mourners. Five days after the funeral, an inquest concluded that Dr. Carl Weiss was the lone assassin. But now, strong evidence indicates that Huey Long may have been killed accidentally, and that Dr. Weiss is innocent.

Who took Carl’s gun from his car?

On the day Huey Long was shot, Carl Weiss and his wife ate Sunday dinner at his father’s house. Carl’s wife, Yvonne, was the daughter of Judge Benjamin Pavey, one of Huey Long’s most outspoken critics. At the special legislative session Long had convened, he intended to eliminate Judge Pavey’s position. According to those present at dinner, Dr. Weiss’s father was ranting about Long, and his attack on Judge Pavey at the special legislative session. But despite his marriage to the judge’s daughter, Dr. Weiss minimized Long’s actions and tried to calm his father.

Yet, just a few hours later, Dr. Weiss would lie dead in the state capital, accused of assassinating Huey Long. He would leave behind his wife and a son, Carl Weiss, Jr.:

“Naturally, most of what I know of my father is very second hand. But understandably, it’s been one of my major life interests. There’s been a lot of interest focused on the minute-by-minute detail of my father’s day, where he went, what he did, etc.  He spent the afternoon at home. And then he left to visit the home of a man named Morgan who was a patient of his. And I believe my father made a phone call from the Morgan home to make plans for the morning surgery. There, after he left, and for reasons that I don’t believe we’ll ever know, didn’t go directly home, and the rest is, as they say, history.”

At the State Capitol that evening, the career of Yvonne Weiss’s father, Judge Henry Pavey, was on the line. House Bill Number One, a re-districting plan, was Huey Long’s top priority. If it passed, Judge Pavey would be removed from the bench. At 9 P.M., the session was still going strong. Huey Long did not notice the arrival of Dr. Weiss. Historian and author Ed Reed believes Weiss went to the capitol, not to shoot Huey Long, but to plead his father-in-law’s case:

“Carl Weiss took his position outside of the governor’s office. He was not hidden outside of the governor’s office. He was in plain view because he was approached by other people who knew him, who saw him there, approached him, shook hands with him, talked with him.”

Ed Reed says that three times Weiss approached Huey Long that night, and three times he was brushed aside:

“On another pass, Weiss was a little bit more urgent. And he told Long that he really had to talk with him.  And Long once again said he didn’t have the time to talk to Weiss. History records the rest in some blue haze, really. We’re uncertain as to what happened.  But that is how the scene was set for this particular moment.”

At 9:20 P.M., Dr. Weiss approached Long for the third and final time. The historians who are convinced that Weiss did not kill Huey Long believe that when Long verbally insulted Weiss, Weiss punched him. The altercation brought a hail of gunfire from Long’s bodyguards, and Long was accidentally struck by one of their bullets.

Huey Long was taken to a nearby hospital. Despite his wounds, says Ed Reed, The Kingfish remained very much in charge:

“Huey Long had been briefed as to who the man was who they claimed had shot him.  He had been given a lot of information. Somebody had to come up with a story as to exactly what happened there and Huey Long felt that he was the man to tell it. Huey Long was shot around 9:20. He was operated on sometime around 11 o’clock. They went inside, found out that the colon had been punctured in two places. They sewed up Huey Long and then pronounced him cured.”

However, the surgeons had overlooked a serious wound to the senator’s kidney. A day and a half later, on September 10, 1935, Huey Long died. At the official inquest, Dr. Carl Austin Weiss was named as Long’s assassin. Historian Ed Reeds questions that conclusion:

“Most assassins leave a paper trail.  They leave some hint as to what they did and why they did it. There was nothing like this. Carl Weiss was not a man who was preparing to shoot anybody. And at that dinner, at noontime on September the 8th, he was the model of propriety and, really, he was in complete control of himself. Carl Weiss was a father of a three-month old son. He was making provisions for the future. He spent a very normal Sunday and there was nothing to incline anybody to believe that he had this on his mind.  I think it was all together incomprehensible that he could have been the perpetrator of this crime.”

No one disputes that Carl Weiss owned a gun, a .32-caliber pistol which he kept in the glove compartment of his car. However, Ed Reed believes that he has uncovered evidence that Huey Long was not shot by that gun. The official version of the operation makes no mention of a bullet being retrieved from Long’s body. But Reed heard a conflicting story from a relative of one of the surgeons:

“During the operation, there was a .38 caliber bullet removed from Huey Long. This is significant because Carl Weiss was alleged to have been carrying a .32, but the body guards were carrying .38s and .45s, so therefore if a .38 was removed, and I believe it was, then that could not have come from Carl Weiss or his gun certainly.”

Within half an hour of the shooting, Dr. Weiss had been tentatively identified as Long’s assailant. Weiss’s brother and cousin heard the rumors and went straight to the Capitol.  There, they found Weiss’ car, but when they came back with the keys, it had been moved At this point, they still had no idea that Dr. Weiss had been killed.

Weiss’ brother and cousin discovered that the doctor’s gun was missing from the glove compartment. To this day, no one can be sure who removed the gun from the car. Elois Sahuk, a security guard at the State Capitol that night, told Ed Reed that it was not Carl Weiss:

“One of the bodyguards, who is now dead, told me that he felt that that gun was a throw down gun, that one of the bodyguards had gone out to the car that Carl Weiss had driven up in, had gotten that pistol and had thrown it next to the body.”

Reed believes his theory is supported by Weiss’s own actions inside the capitol:

“If Carl Weiss was actually at the state capital to kill Huey Long, he had a perfect opportunity that passed. Huey Long had his back turned to Carl Weiss.  It would’ve been very easy for Carl Weiss to shove his pistol up against Long’s body, emptied out the magazine and then make his escape. Because of the rumors that had been flying that there would be an attempt made on Huey Long’s life that night, because of that, fuses were very, very short. Something that happened that night, perhaps Carl Weiss hit Huey Long, perhaps he just moved too fast, and I think the bodyguards who were without any training whatsoever in security, I think they overreacted.  I think bullets that entered Huey Long’s body were the bullets that came from the bodyguard’s guns.”

Reed offers up what he believes is one final piece of evidence. When Huey Long was admitted to the hospital, his lip was bleeding. Long apparently explained, “That’s where he hit me.” Was Long referring to his encounter with Carl Weiss? According to a sworn affidavit from a witness, he most certainly was.

In hindsight, there seems to be considerable doubt about who actually shot Huey Long.  But at the time, it was treated as an open and shut case. No one was allowed to investigate further and all the official records, as well as Dr. Weiss’s gun, disappeared a few years after the inquest and remained missing for more than half a century. That is, until Professor James Starrs, a forensic expert, began researching the case:

“In trying to find the gun and the state police files, I decided that the police are the prime suspects that should be looked at starting from the top down. And I literally made a laundry list of the individuals with Louis F. Guerre at the top of that list.”

Louis F. Guerre was the head of the Criminal Bureau of Investigation in Louisiana at the time of Huey Long’s death. Years after Guerre died, a researcher hired by Starrs found Guerre’s will in the public records. According to Prof. Starrs:

“There was a listing in the inventory of miscellaneous files, listed as no value. Now, being a lawyer as well as a scientist, I realized that inventories of estates do not list items of no value. They certainly don’t list them in this kind of mysterious way as miscellaneous files. And I said to myself, ‘Those are the state police files.’”

Guerre’s will listed something else of interest: Carl Weiss’s gun. With the gun were several unused .32 caliber bullets, and one spent .32 slug. At first it was assumed this was the bullet that killed Huey Long, but ballistics tests showed it did not come from Dr. Weiss’s gun. The obvious questions were, where did it come from, and, why was it kept with the gun?

Some believed that the answer would be found with the official state files, which were also recovered by Starrs’ investigation. However, the Louisiana State Police reviewed the files and concluded there is nothing in them that changes the original ruling. Capt. Ronald B. Jones spoke for the Louisiana State Police:

“It’s my opinion that Dr. Weiss was the assassin in this case. We believe from a law enforcement standpoint that he had motive. We believe he had opportunity. And we believe he had the means to do the job.  And we know that he was there.”

Dr. Carl Weiss Jr. is hoping new evidence will clear his father’s name:

“The amount of time that may have elapsed since an occurrence really doesn’t change one’s desire to see the truth brought out. And I care probably more today than I did when I was a youngster about the truth concerning my father. If I were asked whether my father shot Huey Long, today I would say categorically no, he didn’t.”


Col. Francis Grevemberg, head of Louisiana State Police during the early 50’s, was among those who believed that Long’s bodyguards killed him accidentally, and Grevemberg was in a position to know.  He claimed that two state troopers who were eyewitnesses to the shooting told him that Dr. Carl Weiss was unarmed when Long was shot. The state troopers confirmed that after the bodyguards shot Long, they planted a gun on Weiss.  Despite this information, the official position of the Louisiana State Police is still that Dr. Carl Weiss killed Huey Long.

There is one final piece of evidence that suggests Huey Long’s death might have been accidental.  Records uncovered decades later reveal that a $40,000 life insurance payment was awarded to Long’s family. At the time, insurance company investigators concluded that Huey Long’s death was “accidental.”

Watch this case now on Amazon Prime in season five with Robert Stack and in season five with Dennis Farina. Also available on YouTube with Dennis Farina. Various seasons available now on Hulu.


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    Petaa Motex

    Definitely doesn’t look like Huey was killed by an assassin but by his bodyguards. If the re-enactment was accurate on the show, they mafia-shot Carl Weiss and carelessly emptied their guns causing ricochets which hit Huey. Maybe we would have been spared from Huey as president. He doesn’t sound like he would have been a good one. It’s sad that the history books were written on the side of Huey’s men.


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    Sonny Couvillion

    The Gremillion summary is very convincing and I agree with him that the evidence against a Weiss shooting is overwhelming and should convince Louisiana officials to recognize that fact. Typical Louisiana politics in ruining the reputation of a family rather than put the blame on the state police bodyguards where it belongs.


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    “None of my efforts, thus far, have been successful.”

    Sadly they most likely never will… but thank god for the internet, so we don’t have to except “My late brother Joseph M.” so-called conclusion… the days of only having one source of information to the truth is long over with.


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    I remember watching an update to that case a few months ago because many decades after Huey Long’s death I remember the update when the gun was tested at a lab I do remember watching the reinactment when Carl Austin Weiss Sr. claimed to have shot Huey Long I remember seeing Huey’s Bodyguards shooting Carl with their guns while Huey was then running away after being shot but that wasn’t true because in the update there was all talk saying that Huey’s untrained Bodyguards had mistakenly shot Mr. Long because Dr. Weiss was innocent because he didn’t shoot Mr. Long back there because those men had killed Dr. Weiss during that time someone brought the Dr.’s gun there & dropped it alongside The Dr.’s body & so I say that The Dr.’s innocent.


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    Amanda Long

    Hello Huey P Long is family and he was murdered by people of his own kind at which Texas tried to do to me and killed my twin my friend and it has to do with political and money, I firmly believe it had to do with money and other political government issues and it’s wrong and we want relief because me I bear arms and together Long family and friends will stand side by side like no other and remember who we are and how deep our bloodline runs,while Texas allowed hate crime like Louisiana I just want America to know we do have rights to protect


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    R Burke

    From what I’ve read and seen this all points to a cover up by General Guerre , why would he keep the official state case files along with Dr Weiss’s gun in a safe deposit box which got passed onto his heirs my opiniIon is it should be kept in the state records as evidence if in fact Dr Weiss was the assasin which I seriously doubt


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    OR someone from the Roosevelt Administration paid off one of Long’s bodyguards to make it seem like an accidental shooting and made said bodyguard blame it on Dr. Weiss so Long would not be a competitor for the Democratic nomination….


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    William Graham

    Dr. Weiss was not the assassin of Huey Long and the Louisiana State Police rushed to judgement. Sooner or later they are going to have to admit that Dr. Weiss was innocent!


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    Stephanie Mardesich

    My late brother Joseph M. Mardesich, III wrote his U.S. history thesis while a student at The Lawrenceville School (nr.Princeton, NJ) WHO SHOT HUEY LONG? which he published as a book in 1964. His conclusion was that Dr. Weiss was the (lone) assasin.
    His thesis and book have been donated tom and will be part of, The Historic New Orleans Collection who are presenting the 80th anniversary of “the shooting” opening April 14 thru Sept. 30.


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    Ernest Gremillion

    If you are adult living in Louisiana, no doubt you are familiar with who Dr. Carl Austin Weiss is. He is the person who allegedly shot Huey P. Long in the Louisiana State Capitol on the night of September 8, 1935. This event has received more publicity than probably in other event in Louisiana history. Many books, television documentaries and articles have been written and produced related to this subject. I became involved with this matter in the early 1980’s when I did research for Ed Reed for the book he was writing about Huey Long which he titled “Requiem for a Kingfish”. The book was published and contained two revelations that both Reed and I felt would significantly change the public perception of who actually shot Huey Long. These items are the first and second items of the evidentiary summary I have prepared over the years which, I feel, presents overwhelming evidence that Weiss did not shoot Huey Long. The summary is as follows:

    1. Merle Welsh interview. As the mortician at Rabenhorst Funeral Home where Long’s body was brought, he described in detail how Dr. Clarence Lorio removed a large caliber bullet from Long’s body at the funeral home. He was given the bullet by Lorio and he, in turn, gave it to his assistant, Jack Umbehagen. Unbehagen’s relatives confirmed that he had a large caliber spent bullet on his watch chain for years describing it as the bullet that killed Huey Long. Weiss’s gun was a rather small 32 caliber.

    2. Coleman Vidrine Jr interview. He explained how his father told him that Dr Arthur Vidrine, his uncle, had given his father, Coleman Sr. a 38 cal spent bullet for safekeeping, telling him that this was the bullet removed from Long’s body during surgery. Arthur’s instructions to Coleman Sr. were to keep the bullet in a safe place and tell no one about it, obviously because it was a different caliber than Weiss‘ gun. This was corroborated by J. C. Broussard a south Louisiana restaurant owner and friend of Arthur Vidrine. Broussard told T. Harry Williams during his research for his Pulitzer Prize winning book “Huey Long” that Vidrine confirmed to him that Long had two bullets in him, one being a 38 cal. Dr Vidrine also confirmed the same story to Col Francis Grevemberg’s father.

    3. The recollection of Tom Ed Weiss, Carl’s brother about the events he experienced the night of the Long shooting. His explanation was that after he heard about the shooting , he went to the State Capitol and located Carl’s automobile which was locked. He went to his home to find the spare key and when he returned to the capitol, the automobile was moved, unlocked and ransacked. The glove compartment where Weiss kept his pistol was open and the pistol was gone.

    4. The true details on the Long shooting from some of the state police officers who were at the shooting that were inadvertently disclosed to Francis Grevemberg during a long automobile trip after a raid. Grevemberg was Superintendent of state police at that time. These details included the accidental shooting of Long by his bodyguards, introducing a throw down gun which was later replaced by Weiss’s own gun, and a gathering of all of witnesses by Superintendent L. F. Guerre later to admonish them to close ranks in support of a Weiss shooting. This version was corroborated by Morris Soileau a barber , whose shop was close the state police headquarters and who heard this same story for those state police troopers who were present at the Long shooting.

    5. The testimony of the two emergency room nurses at the hospital, who said that Long explained that the cut on his lip was caused by Weiss hitting him. They also related that Long asked his bodyguards “who was that ‘sob’ who hit me?” Not who shot him but who hit him which is highly probative that Long knew that Weiss did not shoot him. It would be inconceivable to believe that Weiss struck Long and five body guards standing very close would allow Weiss time to draw a gun and shoot Long after he hit him.

    6. Weiss confronted Long on three separate occasions. The shooting incident occurring on the third occasion. If Weiss had gone to the Capitol intending to shoot Long, it makes no sense that he would have passed up two earlier occasions to shoot him, not knowing if he would have been presented with additional occasions later.

    7. Judge Fournet’s testimony that he saw Weiss shoot Long. This has been heavily relied on for many years as the key evidence supportive of Weiss shooting Long. His declaration took place several days after the shooting and according the Grevemberg statement, after General L. F. Guerre brought all of those present at the shooting into a gathering and directed them under extreme repercussions not to break ranks against the version of Weiss shooting Long that Guerre orchestrated. Fournet recanted to at least five different individuals that he lied about what he said he saw but refused to go public with his recantation.

    8. Stories about the Long shooting told to others by Vernon McGee a reporter at the scene who witnessed a bodyguard accidentally shoot Long. He and all the other reporters were later subjected to extreme intimidation by General Guerre not to report the facts but only that Weiss shot Long.
    Philip Maranto also told his story of being at the shooting to a Port Allen newspaper. His story was that a bodyguard accidentally shot Long in the back. Federal Judge Lansing Mitchell who was General Guerre’s attorney acknowledged that Guerre admitted to him that the Weiss gun was removed from his car after the shooting.

    Physical Evidence

    The official version of the shooting describing the two wounds in Long’s body as wounds of entry and exit from a single shot from Weiss’s gun. Although there were many law enforcement officers who investigated the scene for some time, no 32 caliber bullet was ever found even though the scene was a closed, pristine, marble hallway. There is no record of anyone even looking for a 32 caliber bullet because it is obvious that no one at the scene saw anything that would have caused them to look for one. Had that been the case, there is little doubt that the order would have come down from the top that no one was to leave the building until that bullet was found. Additionally the 32 caliber pistol round at about 70 grains projectile weight and approximately 900 feet per second muzzle velocity is the slowest least penetrating of all the handgun rounds and very unlikely to cause a pass through penetration in the upper torso of a large adult male.

    I’ve seen narratives defending the state’s position that assert that the state employees involved at the time would not be so calloused as to frame Carl Weiss for shooting Long after Weiss’s death. Apparently these same employees were sufficiently calloused to shoot Weiss at close range over seventy times which required them to reload their weapons multiple times and continue shooting into Weiss’s lifeless body. The number of shots to Weiss’s body was confirmed by Dr James Starrs when he performed an autopsy on Weiss’s body in the late 1980’s.

    In my opinion, any one of these items standing alone would be enough to convince an objective person that Carl Austin Weiss did not shoot Huey Long and all taken in total would produce that conclusion beyond any reasonable doubt. The only state investigation made since the shooting was after the fiftieth anniversary of the shooting where many of the factors presented above had been revealed and received extensive publicity. Ironically the Louisiana State Police conducted its own one man investigation which concluded that Carl Austin Weiss was indeed the shooter and Long’s bodyguards simply responded by shooting the man who shot Long. This investigator was aware at the time of his investigation of each and every one the factors listed above but chose not to even consider any one of them. I seemed to be the only one to notice that the Louisiana State Police saw no conflict of interest in deciding to investigate the Long shooting and the criminal conspiracy cover up of its own former employees.

    Additional analogies and conclusions about the Long shooting can be made as follows:

    Grevemberg’s attempt to publicly disclose the explanation of the shooting he overheard from those involved. His statement details that after he confronted the bodyguards about going public with their inadvertent admissions to him, they reminded him that they were sworn to secrecy years ago by General Guerre and if forced to would deny they ever made those statements. He ultimately dropped his attempt to go public after his legal advisor convinced him that it would not be successful and he would probably lose his job if he proceeded with it.

    T Harry Williams’ book about Huey Long was somewhat of an enigma when it came to the Long shooting. Although it mostly ignored the shooting itself, Williams remained adamant that Weiss shot Long. I’ve explored that scenario and have come to the some conclusions about it. It is fairly common knowledge that the Long family sought out Williams to write the “defining book” about Huey Long. Williams had the right credentials to do the necessary research and pen the type of work that the Long family wanted. It is also common knowledge that the Long family held fast to the belief that Carl Austin Weiss, and not the bodyguards, shot Long. I am not certain if the Long family or Williams ever acknowledged it, but it is also a common belief that they paid Williams a handsome sum to undertake this endeavor. That would make perfect sense since there was no guarantee such a book would be the financial success it ultimately proved to be and the amount of time Williams spent on this project was staggering. This being the case, it came as no surprise that Williams toed the Long family line about Weiss shooting Long. This is particularly interesting because of the acknowledgement that J. C. Broussard made to Williams that never was included in the book. Because this information came from such a reliable source and was in stark contrast to what had been published and accepted about the shooting, it should have given Williams considerable pause to reconsider his position, which he never did. I found this information buried in Williams’ research material he had accumulated and donated to the LSU library. This material covered numerous boxes and had originally been designated by Williams not to be made available for inspection until years after his death. When I reviewed this material in the early 1980’s, I was informed by the curator that I was the only person who had ever examined it and I mean all of it which took over two weeks. The Broussard memo was only a partial page and I suspect probably either forgotten by Williams or was so insignificant in volume to the total research package that he felt no one would come across it or make an issue of it.

    The question of truths versus untruths in the shooting of Huey Long can be postulated as follows: If Weiss shot Long all of the following lied:
    Merle Welsh, Jack Umbehagen, Coleman Vidrine, Tom Ed Weiss, two emergency room nurses, Francis Grevemberg, Francis Grevemberg’s father, J. C. Brousssard, Morris Solieau, Vernon McGee, Phillip Maranto, and Judge Lansing Mitchell. If Weiss did not shoot Long, Judge Fournet, General Guerre, and the bodyguards lied. Fournet acknowledged to five separate individuals that he lied, General Guerre told his attorney Judge Mitchell he lied and the bodyguards acknowledged to Francis Grevemberg and Morris Solieau that they lied.

    The orderly way that these nine factors dove tail and corroborate each other. Some of the facts coming from different sources agree with each other in amazing detail, even though the sources never knew or had occasion
    to discuss these events together. Examples of this are the story from the bodyguards told both to Francis Grevemberg and Morris Solieau and what Guerre told to his attorney and the bodyguards telling Grevemberg the same story about Weiss’s gun which was also corroborated to some extent by Tom Ed Weiss. Additionally, Merle Welsh revealing the removal of the large caliber bullet and Coleman Vidrine acknowledging the 38 caliber bullet which were disclosed to T Harry Williams by J. C. Broussard and by Francis Grevemberg‘s father. And finally the same story about Long being accidentally shot by his bodyguards which was told by both Vernon McGee, a reporter present at the shooting and Phillip Maranto, a Long groupie who was also present.

    Since my first involvement with the research for Ed Reed’s book, I have made quite a few attempts to get public official recognition by the State of Louisiana acknowledging that Carl Weiss did not shoot Huey Long. In a letter to the editor published by the Baton Rouge Advocate, I stated “it seems that the perpetuation of the Long shooting as a mystery is a myth that the press and to some extent, even our elected officials seem to want to hang on to as a mystery because it is more interesting to keep the mystery going than to accept closure by applying the existing facts of the case. These facts, I submit, conclusively prove that Carl Austin Weiss did not shoot Huey Long. Hanging on to the mystery may have some merit in promoting the mystique of Louisiana but does not overcome the agony suffered by the Weiss family for this injustice.” Where I have been able to have any dialog with state officials on this matter. I have generally been met with the posture of “that’s our story and we’re sticking to it and we have the last word.” None of my efforts, thus far, have been successful.

    Ernest A. Gremillion
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana


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    Reed also stated that a second bullet was found when Senator Long was prepared for the funeral. The mortician in charge, Merle Walsh, stated that he was visited by Dr. Clarence Lario, who was one of the surgeons who operated on Long days earlier. Dr. Lario found another bullet near Long’s kidney where he was shot. The bullet was described by Mortician Walsh as being as big as the 1st joint on your index finger. The bullet was later determined to be a 45 caliber. one of the guns most of Long’s bodyguards were carrying.


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This release is governed by and shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California, United States of America, without regards to its principles of conflicts of law.

1.In the event of any dispute arising out of or in connection with this agreement or otherwise in connection with your websites or My Materials, such dispute shall be submitted to arbitration in the County of Los Angeles, State of California, United States of America in accordance with the commercial rules and regulations of the American Arbitration Association then in effect (as amended herein), provided that said arbitration shall be heard before a single arbitrator, who shall be a retired judge, selected pursuant to such rules and regulations, and shall be conducted on an expedited basis and in confidence.

  1. The arbitrator’s decision shall be controlled by the terms and conditions of this agreement and any other agreements I may enter into with you, and shall be final and binding, and shall provide for each party to bear its own costs of arbitration and attorneys’ fees. Each party expressly waives any right to a jury. Judgment upon the award of the arbitrator may be entered or enforced in any court of competent jurisdiction.

This agreement shall bind my heirs, administrators, representatives, executors and assigns forever. You shall have the right to assign any or all of your rights hereunder to any person, firm or entity in your sole discretion. I may not assign this agreement to any third party, and any purported attempt to do so shall be deemed null and void ab initio.

I give you the foregoing permission with the knowledge and understanding that you will incur substantial expense in reliance thereon. If any part of this agreement is held invalid or unenforceable, that portion shall be construed in a manner consistent with applicable law to reflect, as nearly as possible, the original intentions of the parties, and the remaining portions shall remain in full force and effect.

I am of the age of majority in my state of residence (which is typically 18 years of age in most states) and competent to contract in my own name. I HAVE READ THIS SUBMISSION RELEASE AND I FULLY UNDERSTAND AND FREELY ACCEPT THE CONTENTS AND MEANING OF THIS AGREEMENT. I AGREE TO BE BOUND HEREBY AND INDICATE MY ACCEPTANCE OF THESE TERMS BY CLICKING THE BOX BELOW. MY electronic consent to this Agreement (or to any other agreement between ME AND YOU), whether by clicking THE BOX BELOW or similar buttons provided in conjunction with any such agreement, shall constitute MY electronic signature and, according to the provisions of UNITED STATES federal law (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, UNITED STATES COPYRIGHT LAW), shall be of the same effect as if I had signed such agreement manually. UPON YOUR request, I agree to sign a non-electronic version of this Agreement. A printed version of this Agreement and/or of any notice given in electronic form shall be admissible in judicial, administrative, or arbitration proceedings based upon or relating to this Agreement to the same extent and subject to the same conditions as other business documents and records originally generated.

Complaints about content, including complaints arising state or federal law involving the unsolved website should be made to unsolved@unsolved.com or at Unsolved Mysteries, 4303 W. Verdugo Ave., Burbank, CA  91505.  For questions regarding Unsolved’s compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act please see our DMCA policy [https://unsolved.com/dcma-agreement/]



Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. (“CMP”) provides www.unsolved.com (the “Website”) and related services for your personal non-commercial use only and subject to your compliance with this Privacy Statement and Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. Terms of Use Agreement. Please read this Agreement carefully before using this Website. Your use of this Website constitutes your acceptance to be bound by this Agreement without limitation, qualification or change. If at any time you do not accept all the terms and conditions of this Agreement, you must immediately discontinue use of this Website. This Agreement sets forth Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. policies with respect to its operation of this Website.

Certain products or services offered by this Website may be governed by additional terms (“Additional Terms”) presented in conjunction with those products or services. You must agree to these Additional Terms before using those areas or Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. Services. The Additional Terms and this Agreement shall apply equally. In the event of an irreconcilable inconsistency between the Additional Terms and this Agreement, the Additional Terms shall control.


This Agreement informs you of Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. practices with respect to the online collection, use, and disclosure of personal information from the Website. Personal information is information that allows us to contact you (such as email address, home address, or telephone number) or other information that, when linked to your name or contact information, allows us to personalize your visit to our Website by providing you with information that suits your interests.


Personal Data

We collect information (whether online, by phone, or by paper) that enables CMP to identify or contact you (“Personal Data”) to carry out our business purposes.  CMP Sites collect this information for a variety of business reasons, including but not limited to, providing tips, registering for an CMP event or program, purchasing CMP products or services, or otherwise interacting with CMP.

The types of Personal Data we collect include, but are not limited to:

  • General data (e.g., names, dates of birth, home and business addresses, email addresses, Internet protocol addresses and mobile/landline business/personal telephone numbers that are provided by our members/customers)
  • Professional data (e.g., occupation and state of residence)
  • Other identification information (e.g., photographs)
  • Sensitive Personal Data (e.g., racial or ethnic origin, sexual orientation and disability data) for diversity or accessibility purposes based upon information you provide us.

Personal data is not collected without your providing that information to us.

Non-Personal Data

We collect information (whether online, by phone, or by paper) that does not directly identify you as you interact with our Sites (“Non-Personal Data”). The types of Non-Personal Data we collect includes, but is not limited to:

  • Site usage (e.g., browsing history, search terms, number of clicks, referring/exit pages, date/time stamp, time on Site)
  • Products and services viewed, including advertisements for such products and services
  • Computer type, operating system and platform type
  • Internet service provider



In addition to the uses described above, we use your Personal Data, sometimes combined with Non-Personal Data, in a variety of ways including, but not limited to:

Personal Data

  • Identify you when you visit our Sites
  • Provide service communications such as invoices, order confirmations, registrations and customer service messages
  • Provide products, information and services you request or that we think you may be interested in
  • Respond to your emails or online requests for products, services, or information
  • Deliver and process surveys
  • Personalize and improve the usability of the Sites
  • Fulfill and/or deliver CMP products and services
  • Tailor content, advertising and marketing to you
  • We do not publish or aggregate credit card information or personal identification numbers such as social security numbers.

Non-Personal Data

We use Non-Personal Data to improve the usability of our Sites and for other business reasons. We or other third-party companies also use the Non-Personal Data to provide advertisements and targeted advertisements to you (ads based on the Non-Personal Data). We do not provide Personal Data to third parties with whom we share your Non-Personal Data. Please note that, when you select an advertising link or other link that takes you to sites not operated by CMP, you may be subject to the privacy policies of these third-party sites.


We may also obtain demographic and other personally identifiable information (such as your name, email address, password and PIN) that you voluntarily give to us when choosing to participate in various activities related to the Unsolved Application, including chat, posting messages in comment sections or in our forums, liking posts, sending feedback, and responding to surveys. 


If you do not turn off your phone’s location services, you may send us your geographic location.  If your camera roll is set to share, you may make your camera roll available to us.  If you have signed up to receive push notifications, you will receive those from the Unsolved Application.



We share your Personal Data, sometimes combined with Non-Personal Data, in a variety of ways including, but not limited to the below:

  • Share data with third parties to fulfill service requests and to perform business functions (e.g., CMP contracts with third parties to provide services on our behalf such as customer support and consulting services; 
  • Share data with third parties as required by law or to protect CMP in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to legal requirements or comply with legal process served on the CMP; (b) protect and defend CMP’s rights or property; or (c) protect the personal safety of CMP personnel or members of the public in appropriate circumstances.
  • Share data with third parties if CMP and/or its assets (or a portion of its assets) are sold, assigned, transferred, or merged, or if CMP undergoes some other change including a change to its corporate form or as part of a bankruptcy proceeding. 
  • Share data with third parties to offer you products and services that may be of interest to you professionally or personally (e.g., apps or software).  Users can request their information to be removed from such lists by contacting us.
  • Share data with third parties under other unanticipated situations, but only with your consent.
  • Share your email address, but only as permitted by the CMP Email Policy, as follows:

Your email address will be used only by the CMP, its entities and CMP vendors performing member services, or offering products on CMP’s behalf.  CMP does not sell or rent email addresses to anyone outside the CMP, nor does CMP share email addresses to unrelated third-parties, affiliates, or CMP members.  CMP also shares your email address with third parties to enable CMP to take security measures to help protect against unauthorized access to or unauthorized alteration, disclosure, or destruction of data.  Finally, CMP shares email addresses with third parties as necessary for CMP to perform certain services on our behalf, such as packaging, mailing and delivering products and processing event registrations and to respond to your service requests.



You can manage your profile and email preferences, including “opting out” of email by contacting us. If you prefer to receive hard copy mailings only from CMP, you can contact us and request to have your name and address removed from the list we provide to third parties.


For California residents, please consult the “California Privacy Rights” section for additional considerations. 


Our processing of your data is based upon your consent, contract performance (e.g., your purchase of products), legitimate business interest (e.g., direct marketing of goods and services), or compliance with law.  You have the right to object to our processing of your data or to restrict our processing of your data. In addition, if you have consented to the processing of your Personal Data, you have the right to withdraw your consent at any time.



In addition to the rights as explained in this Privacy Policy, under California law, California residents who provide personal information (as defined in the statute) to obtain products or services for personal, family, or household use are entitled to request and obtain from us, once a calendar year, information about the personal information we shared, if any, with other businesses for marketing uses. If applicable, this information would include the categories of personal information and the names and addresses of those businesses with which we shared such personal information for the immediately prior calendar year (e.g., requests made in the current year will receive information about the prior year).


To obtain this information please write to us at:



4303 Verdugo Ave.

Burbank, CA  91505


 Attn: CMP -- California Privacy Law.


Please include your full name and address.



CMP complies with the Canada Anti-Spam Law which requires you to opt-in to receive unauthorized Commercial Electronic Messages (as defined under the Canada Anti-Spam Law).




CMP implements commercially reasonable security measures to help protect against unauthorized access to or unauthorized alteration, disclosure, or destruction of data. Except for membership directories, membership lists and registration lists, and the sharing of information as set forth in this Privacy Policy, we restrict access to Personal Data to certain companies who need the data to operate, develop, or improve our services. These individuals or partner organizations are bound by confidentiality obligations and may be subject to discipline, including termination and criminal prosecution, if they fail to meet these obligations.


Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet or electronic storage is fully secure. Accordingly, and despite our reasonable efforts to protect your Personal Data from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure, CMP cannot guarantee or warrant the security of the Personal Data you transmit to us, or to or from our online Sites. If you have questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us.


Certain areas of the Sites require the use of a user ID, email address, or password as an additional security measure that helps protect your Personal Data.  To help you protect your privacy, these Sites have tools to help you log in and log out.


We rely on you to update and correct your Personal Data.  If you are a user of our Sites, subscriber to [CMP product], purchaser of CMP products and services, you can review, update and correct your information directly on CMP’s website or by contacting us using the information in the “Contact Information” section below.


Typically, we retain your Personal Data for the period necessary to fulfill the purposes outlined in this Privacy Policy, unless a longer retention period is required or permitted by law.  This may include retaining your Personal Data indefinitely, even after you are no longer a CMP member, in order to provide you with future marketing opportunities and other purposes, as well as to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, or enforce any of our agreements.  


Please note that you can request, at any time, that we delete your Personal Data.  All requests must be directed to the contact in the “Contact Information” section below.  We can decide to delete your Personal Data if we believe that the data is incomplete, inaccurate, or that our continued use and storage are contrary to our obligations to other members, individuals, or third parties.  When we delete your Personal Data, it will be removed from our active databases or anonymized so that the data is no longer identified with you, but the data may remain in our archives if CMP determines that it is not practical or possible to delete it.

Your Personal Data is processed in the United States, where privacy laws may be less stringent than the laws in your country and where the government, courts, or law enforcement may be able to access your data.  By submitting your Personal Data to us, you agree to the transfer, storage and processing of your Personal Data in the United States.

You, as the data subject, have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, in particular in the Member State of your habitual residence, place of work, or place of the alleged infringement, if you believe that the processing of your personal data does not comply with legal requirements.

In the event we determine the occurrence of a data security incident, we will notify you by email, US mail, telephone, or other means as permitted by law.

If you have questions, comments, or complaints concerning our privacy practices or if you wish to change, access, or remove your Personal Data, please contact us as indicated below.  We will attempt, where practical, to respond to your requests and to provide you with additional privacy related information.

Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. is the owner of this Website and retains all ownership rights to the information collected at this Website. Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. reserves the right to change, modify, add, or remove provisions of this Privacy Statement. Any changes to this Privacy Statement will be posted here, and we encourage you to check back from time to time. In addition, Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. will notify registered users of changes as they occur.

We allow third-party companies to serve ads and/or collect certain anonymous information when you visit our web site. These companies may use non-personally identifiable information (e.g., click stream information, browser type, time and date, subject of advertisements clicked or scrolled over) during your visits to this and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services likely to be of greater interest to you. These companies typically use a cookie or third party web beacon to collect this information. To learn more about this behavioral advertising practice or to opt-out of this type of advertising, you can visit networkadvertising.org. Your use of the site constitutes your agreement to accept cookies, beacons and third-party advertising. Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. assumes no responsibility for third-party ads.

ARTICLE 1. Personalization
1.1 We may use the contact information you give us to better tailor your Website experience to your interests, and to send you information about Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. and its services as well as promotional material on behalf of some of our partners. We may use other information that you provide to us to show you content in which you may be interested and to display the content according to your preferences. We will also share this information within Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. in order to enhance your experience on this and other Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. Websites.
1.2 In addition, we may share this information with advertisers or other third parties that are not part of the Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. family on an aggregate or other basis that does not disclose your identity or contact information.

ARTICLE 2. Online Surveys/Contests
2.1 From time to time, we may conduct online surveys and contests. These may ask you for contact information (like name or email address) and demographic information (like zip code or age).
2.2 We may use this contact information from our surveys and contests to provide you with information about our company and promotional material on behalf of some of our partners, and to contact you when necessary.

ARTICLE 3. Shopping/Commercial Services
3.1 This Website may offer shopping services, which may be offered by us or by a firm that operates a store under contract with us. If our Website offers shopping or other commercial services, you will use a customer order form to request information, products, and services. The order form will ask you to give us contact information (like name or email address), financial information (like account or credit card numbers), and demographic information (like zip code or age).

3.2 We will use the financial information that you provide to bill you for products and services. By giving our Website your credit card and related personal information, you are authorizing our store to give that information to the merchant and credit card company in order to confirm and fulfill your order.

3.3 We will use contact information from the order form to fulfill your orders. We may also use contact data to get in touch with you when necessary. We will not otherwise use or distribute your financial information without your prior approval.

ARTICLE 4. Public forums
4.1 This Website may make available chat rooms, blogs, forums, message boards, and news groups. Please remember that any information that you disclose in these areas becomes public information and you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information. Information disclosed by you or by others enters the public domain and may be freely used by any other persons or entities using the site.

ARTICLE 5. Information Sharing With Third Parties
5.1 From time to time we may enter into a special relationship with another company that is not owned by Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. to provide additional features at this Website. These special relationships may include “powered by” partners, business partners, sponsors, and co-branded sites (referred to here as “co-branded pages”). These might include, for example, pages that share our name and that of another entity. You should look for a specific privacy statement on any such co-branded page. Any personal information that you provide when signing up at one of those co-branded pages may be shared with our third party partner. You should also check our partner’s website for information regarding its privacy policies.

5.2 Also, the nature of some features of our Website may require that we share personal information about you with persons or companies outside of Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. For example, this may occur at a feature that enables you, via our Website, to ask questions of persons or entities that are not part of Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. By responding to those features of the site, whether by email or direct entry of information on our Website, you are consenting to our transferring that information to such persons or entities.

5.3 With respect to specific registration modules, like contests, we may disclose personal information collected, and we may post a conspicuous statement on the registration module to the effect that we will be disclosing the information collected with third parties.

5.4 Finally, we may share any of the information collected from you with these other non- Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc companies in an aggregate basis. The aggregated information is not linked to any information that can identify you.

ARTICLE 6. IP Address and Log Files
6.1 We may use your IP address to administer our Website, to help diagnose problems with our server, to analyze trends, to track users’ webpage movements, to help identify you and your shopping cart, and to gather broad demographic information for aggregate use.

ARTICLE 7. Cookies
7.1 This Website may use a standard technology called a “cookie” to collect information about how you use the Website. Cookies reside on your computer and help our Website to recognize your computer’s browser as a previous visitor. This information allows us to customize delivery of information. For example, our Website may use cookies to save and remember registration information or preferences that you may have set while browsing the Website, to keep track of your shopping cart, to ensure you don’t see the same ad content repeatedly, to deliver content specific to your interests, and to save your password so you do not have to re-enter it each time you visit our site. We use cookies only to gather information as indicated in this policy.

7.2 In addition, on occasion our site may also set a “session cookie” which helps us administer the Website. The session cookie expires when you close your browser and does not retain any information about you after it expires.

7.3 Finally, we may also use an ad network provider to help present advertisements on this and other Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. websites. This ad network provider, like other advertising service vendors, uses cookies, web beacons, or similar technologies on the hard drive of your computer to serve you advertisements tailored to interests you have shown by browsing on this and other sites you have visited, and to determine whether you have seen a particular advertisement before and to avoid sending you duplicate advertisements. In doing so, the provider collects non-personal data such as your browser type, your operating system, web pages visited, time of visits, content viewed, ads viewed, and other clickstream data. The use of cookies, web beacons, or similar technologies by these ad network providers is subject to their own privacy policies, not ours, and Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. assumes no responsibility for the collection or use of such information.

ARTICLE 8. Banner Advertising
8.1 We have contracted with an ad-service to place banner advertising on our Website. All of the data provided and generated by the ad-server software remains in our possession. This feature of our Website may, on occasion, set “cookies” on your computer. Any information collected or stored by the ad-service or the cookies is treated in the same manner as other information described in this statement.

ARTICLE 9. Children’s Personal Information
9.1 Consistent with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act:

9.1.1 This site does NOT collect, use, or disclose personal information (including online contact information) of children under the age of thirteen (13).

9.1.2 In the event that a child under the age of 13 attempts to register on our site, we will NOT accept the registration and will delete information received from the child.

9.1.3 In the event that a child posts personal information in a public forum such as a chat room, we will attempt to delete that information once we become aware of it.

ARTICLE 10. Security of Your Personal Information
10.1 Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. employs reasonable security measures consistent with standard industry practice, for information collected through this Website. We believe that we have adequate security measures in place in our physical facilities to protect against the loss, misuse, or alteration of the information we collect on our Website. We also use internal protections to limit access to users’ personal information to only those employees who need the information to perform a specific job.

ARTICLE 11. Sale or Merger
11.1 If this Website is sold to, or merges with, another company not owned by Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc., you should expect that some or all of the information collected from this Website may be transferred to the buyer/surviving company. If so, CMP will seek to obligate the acquiring company to use any personal information transferred by this Website in a manner consistent with this statement, but cannot guarantee that it will be able to impose that requirement or that the acquiring company will comply.

ARTICLE 12. Legal Process
12.1 You should be aware that Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. may be required to disclose your personal information to the government or third parties under certain circumstances, such as in court or regulatory proceedings.

ARTICLE 13.  Contacting the Website

13.1        If you have any questions about this Privacy Statement, the practices of this Website, or your dealings with this Website, please contact us at: unsolved@unsolved.com.

ARTICLE 14.  general information

14.1        Choice of Law:  This Agreement and the Additional Terms shall be governed by, construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of California , as it is applied to agreements entered into and to be performed entirely within such state, without regard to conflict of law principles.

14.2        Choice of Forum:  You agree that any cause of action you or Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. brings to enforce this Agreement and/or the Additional Terms, or in connection with any matters related to this Website and/or the Privacy Statement, shall be submitted to arbitration in the County of Los Angeles, State of California, United States of America in accordance with the commercial rules and regulations of the American Arbitration Association then in effect (as amended herein), provided that said arbitration shall be heard before a single arbitrator, who shall be a retired judge, selected pursuant to such rules and regulations, and shall be conducted on an expedited basis and in confidence. The arbitrator’s decision shall be controlled by the terms and conditions of this agreement and any other agreements I may enter into with you, and shall be final and binding, and shall provide for each party to bear its own costs of arbitration and attorneys’ fees.  Each party expressly waives any right to a jury.  Judgment upon the award of the arbitrator may be entered or enforced in any court of competent jurisdiction. 

14.4        If any provision of this Agreement, or the application thereof to any person or circumstances, is held invalid or for any reason unenforceable then such provision shall be deemed superseded by a valid, enforceable provision that matches, as closely as possible, the original provision, and the other provisions of this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect.  The failure of either party to insist upon strict performance of any provision of this Agreement shall not be construed as a waiver of any provision or right.  Unless expressly provided otherwise, this Agreement is the entire agreement between you and Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. with respect to the use of this Website and shall not be modified except in writing, signed by an authorized representative of Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc.

ARTICLE 15.  European Union and Other Foreign Nations

15.1        This Website is governed by and operated in accordance with the laws of United States of America and is intended for enjoyment of residents of the United States.  Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. makes no representation that this Website is governed by or operated in accordance with the laws of other nations.  By using this Website and submitting any personal information, visitors from outside of the United States acknowledge this Website is subject to U.S. law, consent to the transfer of personal data to the U.S., and waive any claims that may arise under their own national laws.