Lofie Louise Preslar Peete
Born in 1883 Lofie Louise Preslar was raised in an aristocratic Louisiana family. Louise was the typical Southern Belle: educated, refined and attractive. She had a cold and cunning charm, that attracted men.
Louise shot and killed her boyfriend when she was just 20 years old in 1903. when she later appeared before a grand jury, she convinced the panel she was defending herself against a sexual assault.
In 1921 the wholesome looking, stylish, handsomely plump young matron of thirty-eight arrived at San Quentin, her "little grey home in the west". Louise, with a peaches-and-cream complexion, an air of innocent sweetness managed to obtain a parole in 1939, but five years later she had murdered an elderly widow and was send back to San Quentin. This time to be gassed!
She was now plumper and her hair was flecked with gray, but she still had the same lovely complexion and wholesome appearance. She looked like a benign schoolteacher or president of the Tuesday Ladies Sewing Circle.
Louise entered the gas chamber on April 11, 1947, wearing a grey-and-burgundy print dress.
According to reports, Louise "sniffed the the almond perfume of destiny." She threw her head back and coughed. A single white light over the chamber door flooded her face with pallor. Louise "fought to keep her head high, as if a proud tragedienne in a final curtain call." When she died, "her face had changed no more than a mask."
Louise had been gracious even to the end!
The carpet was rolled out for Loveable Louise's last mile
- not because of her vanity, but for her bare feet!