The Kingfish Compendium

A collection of documents, reports, essays, articles, photographs, and videos about the assassination of U.S. Sen. Huey Pierce Long, Jr. and the killing of Dr. Carl Austin Weiss, Sr.

From left to right: Louisiana Public Service Commissioner James P. O’Connor, U.S. Sen. Huey P. Long, and Louisiana Gov. O.K. Allen, celebrating O’Connor’s victory to the Public Service Commission, Sept. 1934.

The Trilogy

The Kingfish is dead. Long live the Kingfish.

During his brief but extraordinary life, Huey P. Long inspired and enraged, fundamentally reshaping how politics would be defined in his home state for generations. Today, more than 85 years after his death, disagreement about whether this epochal event was an assassination or an accident carries with it assumptions about class and privilege, questions about loyalty versus duty, and competing claims over whom we should entrust to tell historical truths.
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Holes in the Story: Huey P. Long, Carl Weiss, and the American Spectacle of Conspiracy

Featuring exclusive, previously unreleased photographs and reports that have been either buried with time or kept hidden from the public, this sweeping conclusion to the Bayou Brief’s trilogy on the assassination of Huey P. Long unpacks a conspiracy theory that has persisted for more than 86 years and challenges the portrayals of his alleged assassin, Dr. Carl A. Weiss, Sr., as an innocent victim of a corrupt cover-up.
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Every Man a King

My First Days in the White House

Warning: This contains images from the crime scene that may be disturbing and inappropriate for children under 12. Parental discretion is advised.

Front-pages of Louisiana Newspapers

Photographs and Images

Huey P. Long’s Clothing and Crime Scene Photos from the Night of Sunday, Sept. 8, 1935

Documents and Reports

By Francis C. Grevemberg

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Essays and Articles

  • T. Harry Williams, “Louisiana Mystery: An Essay Review.” Louisiana History: The Journal of the Louisiana Historical Association, vol. 6, no. 3, 1965, pp. 287–291. Click here to download.
  • T. Harry Williams, “The Gentleman from Louisiana: Demagogue or Democrat.” The Journal of Southern History, vol. 26, no. 1, 1960, pp. 3–21. Click here to download.
  • U.S. Rep. Harold B. McSween (D- Alexandria, Louisiana), “Huey Long at His Centenary.” The Virginia Quarterly Review, vol. 69, no. 3, 1993, pp. 509–520. Read online here. Click here to download.
  • J. Michael Hogan and Glen Williams, “The Rusticity and Religiosity of Huey P. Long.” Rhetoric and Public Affairs, vol. 7, no. 2, 2004, pp. 149–171. Click here to download.
  • Mark T. Carleton, “Four Anti-Longites: A Tentative Assessment.” Louisiana History: The Journal of the Louisiana Historical Association, vol. 30, no. 3, 1989, pp. 249–262. Click here to download.
  • Edward F. Haas, “Huey Long and the Dictators.” Louisiana History: The Journal of the Louisiana Historical Association, vol. 47, no. 2, 2006, pp. 133–151. Click here to download.
  • Edward F. Haas, “Huey Pierce Long and Historical Speculation.” The History Teacher, vol. 27, no. 2, 1994, pp. 125–131. Click here to download.
  • Hugh Davis Graham, “The Enigma of Huey Long: An Essay Review.” The Journal of Southern History, vol. 36, no. 2, 1970, pp. 205–211. Click here to download.

Videos