Katrina Hero Faces Murder Charges

    Image #: 8694378    Abdulrahman Zeitoun and his family in their Broadmoor home; they are the subject of Dave Eggers' new book "Zeitoun" which chronicles Abdulraham's arrest on suspicion of being a terrorist in the days after Katrina. shot on July 11, 2009.    Times-Picayune /Landov

    Michael Democker / Times-Picayune via Landov

    Abdulrahman Zeitoun may have been a public hero, but in private he reportedly had a dark side. His story of canoeing through New Orleans after the hurricane to save his neighbors was the inspiration for Dave Egger’s best-selling book Zeitoun, but now the book’s namesake has been charged with plotting to murder his ex-wife, her son, and another man. Zeitoun, 54, was already in jail on charges of assault of his wife when he allegedly solicited the murders, offering a fellow inmate $20,000 to carry out the crimes while he was still behind bars. The inmate alerted authorities, and police arrested Zeitoun again on Wednesday.

    Read it at The New York Times