October 17, 2006
New Orleans, Louisiana
Zack Bowen jumps from the roof of a hotel nearly two weeks after killing and dismembering his girlfriend Addie Hall

Hall and Bowen met in August of 2005 when Hall offered to house Bowen during Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. The two quickly began a relationship.

Bowen, a veteran, reportedly faced mental distress after a close friend died during a mortar attack in Bagdad and a local Iraqi boy Bowen had befriended was killed when his family’s store was bombed. Bowen’s mental health issues apparently was the catalyst for abuse toward Hall. When Hall ended their relationship, citing allegations of abuse and infidelity, she attempted to change the apartment’s lease to be in her name only and tried to force Bowen to leave her home. According to Bowen’s journal, Hall “tried to kick me out, then would not shut the fuck up so I very calmly strangled her” on October 5.

After the murder, Bowen left the apartment briefly, then returned to dispose of Hall’s body by dismembering her in the bathtub. Bowen then placed Hall’s head in a deep cooking pot on the stovetop, her hands and feet in a pot of water on a back burner, her arms and legs in the oven, and her torso in garbage bag in the refrigerator. Bowen also wrote “I love her,” referring to Hall, on the living room wall and spray painted a large arrow on the wall pointing to the stove, among several other messages.

On October 17, Bowen jumped from the roof of a hotel, leaving behind a several-page suicide note detailing the events leading up to and including Hall’s murder, as well as the location of Hall’s remains. “This is not accidental,” the note explained. “I had to take my own life to pay for the one I took.”

If you are experiencing domestic violence, please call contact The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or 1-800-787-3225 (TTY) within the United States, or your country’s emergency services number.

If you are experiencing mental health issues, please contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration at 1-800-662-HELP (4357), 1-800-487-4889 (TTY) within the United States. If you believe you may be a threat to yourself of others, please call your local emergency services number immediately.

Addie Hall, via Nola

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