In New Orlean's Vieux Carre sits a house with an old-fashioned facade. Even before the turn of the 20th century, the Franco-Spanish residents of the old faubourg would whisper, "la maison est hantee", and after nightfall walked past it with hurried steps. Some were afraid to peer upwards and see the figure of a ghost child that haunted the rooftop once decorated by a latticed belvedere.
A possible death penalty looms on the horizon for a woman accused of the robbery, mutilation and death of a local psychic and her daughter.
Almost five years ago in a small stucco house on Bird Ave in Little Saigon, Tanya Nelson and her accomplice Philippe Zamora allegedly consummated their plans to rob and murder Ha Jade Smith and her daughter Anita Nhi Vo.
It all began when Smith, unable to return Nelson’s lover to her through her psychic powers had advised her she couldn’t change reality. Nelson then allegedly recruited Zamora as a hitman and accomplice, and both traveled across the United States to exact revenge, but according to the Orange County Register Smith’s family and investigators believe the killers were also after the money and jewelry kept in the house.
Stranger Than Fiction Stories by Marlene Pardo Pellicer