Christopher G. Peña



Christopher G. Peña, a retired nursing professor, has written about famous Louisiana historical events for years. Released by Pelican Publishing Company, Death Over a Diamond Stud: The Assassination of the Orleans Parish District Attorney is the second of three books that chronicle early twentieth century New Orleans murders. His first, The Strange Case of Dr. Etienne Deschamps: Murder in the New Orleans French Quarter, was released in 2017. Peña currently lives in Knoxville, Tennessee.


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Death Over a Diamond Stud: The Assassination of the Orleans Parish District Attorney

The front-page murder of a Big Easy D.A.

The gripping true story of the first judicial murder of the 20th century is delivered in stunning detail, from the crooks and crevices of the city streets and courthouses, to the very fibers of the hangman’s noose. The murder of the newly elected District Attorney J. Ward Gurley sent shock waves through the city of New Orleans not only because of the brutal and brazen nature of the killing, but because the suspect’s name had previously been in the city newspapers. The journey of Lewis Lyons from working family man to the cold-blooded killer of his own attorney is a heartbreaking saga that begins with a tragic miscarriage of justice concerning a stolen diamond stud. 


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