Ethan Brown has written for New York magazine, The New York Observer, Wired, Vibe, The Independent, GQ, Rolling Stone, Details, The Guardian, and The Village Voice, among other publications. He is the author of two previous books, Queens Reigns Supreme and Snitch. He lives with his wife in New Orleans.

A hard-partying couple, one of them an Iraq vet, improvised a charming life in the French Quarter along with fellow survivalists after Hurricane Katrina. But their story ended in a gruesome murder-suicide. An excerpt from Ethan Brown’s Shake the Devil Off: A True Story of the Murder that Rocked New Orleans.