crimes and consequences

EP52: Louisiana's Signature Serial Killer

Serial Killer Nathaniel Code

Nathaniel Code PodcastAlmost every true crime addict knows about the infamous Louisiana serial killer Derrick Todd Lee. However, most people have never heard of Louisiana’s other serial killer: Nathaniel Code. Nathaniel had a unique ritual that linked him to at least eight murders but his true victim count is estimated to be double that amount. What made his crimes so unique that even the FBI had never seen anything like that before? Listen now to find out.

Nathaniel Code’s Killings

Nathaniel Code PodcastVivian Chaney lived with her boyfriend, Billy Joe Harris, her brother, and three daughters in a small house in Sherveport.   Vivian, her oldest daughter Carlitha, and her brother Jerry all had severely impaired vision.  In addition, Vivian’s two youngest daughters, Tomika and Marla were described in court records as “mentally retarded.”

Sometime between 11:30 p.m. on July 18, and 5:00 a.m. the next morning, a serial killer entered the Chaney house. It wasn’t until the next morning at 6:00 am the horrific events of the night before was discovered.

In an unfortunate happenstance, Shirley Culbert, Vivan, and Jerry’s sister arrived from out of town to surprise her family. She knocked on the front door, but no one answered. From outside, she heard music blasting from the stereo.  Next, she walked around to the back of the house and knocked on the backdoor. When she did, it opened up. Once inside the house, Shirley found Tomika and Marla still asleep in their bed. However, everyone else living there lay slaughtered throughout the house.  Shirley grabbed Tomika and Marla called the police.

The police and coroner, Dr. McCormick, arrived at the scene, and what they witnessed matched the horrors seen in the movies.  After a thorough examination, they were able to piece together the night’s events.

Nathaniel Code’s Signature

The horrors of the Chaney murders weren’t Nathaniel’s first nor would they be his last murders. Listen to “Louisiana’s Signature Serial Killer” to find out more about this ritualistic serial killer.