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!
Back
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!