Ronald Dominique, the ‘Bayou Blue Serial Killer’ confessed to raping and killing 23 men in Southeastern Louisiana over a ten year period.
Dominique, who is gay, frequented areas known for its gay bars. He would target young men who he thought would have sex for money. He would also approach homeless men or male prostitutes on the sidewalks or roadways and proposition them with lures of sex or drugs. Once alone with the men he would convince them to allow him to bind their hands. Then he would rape them and murder them, either by means of suffocation or strangulation. He would then dump the bodies in cane fields or near remote bayous.
Who Is Ronald Dominique
Just an Ordinary Joe by Katherine Ramsland
While media sources profess apparent surprise that the latest serial killer to hit the headlines seems an unlikely candidate. In fact, the alleged murderer of twenty-three males in Louisiana is actually fairly typical, for several reasons: he blended in, he deflected attention with a deceptive persona and he selected victims who might not be missed. He resembles many other serial killers who targeted men.
Ronald Dominique, overweight and seemingly unhealthy, behaves just as we might expect from a sexual predator who wants to continue doing what he’s doing. He seems inoffensive, non-threatening and even meek. People who knew him thought he was just an ordinary guy. That’s precisely why no one would suspect him and just as precisely why he might utilize this manner. Sexual predators want their victims to trust them and they want to keep flying under the radar.
Like Many A Serial Killer
Like many serial killers, Ronald Dominique, 42, pulled his victims from marginalized groups, reportedly selecting wayward kids and homeless people between 1997 and 2005, thereby avoiding the type of urgent investigation that would be engaged for, say, the disappearance of a senator’s son. Ronald’s victims ranged in age from 16 to 46. With a smooth manner and a conversationalist’s style, Ronald Dominique persuaded his victims to have sex for money, usually back at his camper trailer. But there was a condition.
Once at the destination, these men had to agree to be bound; if a gay encounter, it was just part of the ritual that Ronald Dominique required. If the targeted victim was heterosexual, then Dominique supposedly had promised him sex with a nonexistent wife, who was “shy” and wanted her partners to be tied. Then once the victim was willingly bound, he was helpless. Dominique would rape him, strangle or smother him, and then dump his bound body in one of six jurisdictions in southern Louisiana. (At least one family disputes this account, provided by the sheriff to the press, insisting that their loved one who fell victim was not homeless, homosexual or easily led; they believe he’d been drugged.) It was this ploy, which had worked for eight years, which eventually led to Dominique’s arrest.
Ronald Dominique Caught
The case broke when an ex-con mentioned to his parole officer that he’d encountered a man who had wanted to tie him up as part of a sexual tryst with the man’s wife. The ex-con went to the trailer, but got spooked and left. Given the number of bound homeless victims the police had found in the area, this seemed like a good lead. With a description of the trailer and its location, investigators found it and then traced Dominique, who’d recently left, to a homeless shelter in Houma.
When approached, Ronald Dominique voluntarily provided a DNA sample, which connected him to two Jefferson Parish murders. Yet he walked with a cane and complained of a serious heart condition that had caused several heart attacks in recent months. It’s possible this is yet another ploy he’d devised while awaiting eventual arrest. But the police are already aware that Ronald Dominique might be faking his condition and continued to add more charges.
Dominique, single and reportedly gay, might have been closer in style to Jeffrey Dahmer or Dennis Nilsen, picking up male victims in bars by engaging them in disarming conversations before taking them home to die. It’s not yet clear whether Dominique killed to feel more powerful or just to ensure that his rape victims wouldn’t identify him, but what is clear is that, once in custody, he was quite open about what he’d done.
That behavior, too, is not unexpected. Nilsen and Dahmer confessed for hours after their respective arrests. So did John Wayne Gacy, who brought young men to his home, gave them drugs and alcohol, and persuaded them to let him try the “rope trick” on them. Once bound, they belonged to him and he killed thirty-three. (He later insisted he’d killed no one.)
But we must ask, can Dominique’s version of events be trusted? Just because an alleged serial killer confesses, and even matches the crime details, does not mean he’s telling the full truth. Dominique exploited trust to get victims, and he may well be using his charming manner to lull investigators into accepting his tale. He might not even be mild-mannered and meek, or sickly. His narrative aside, we can certainly tell from his behavior that he’s been an aggressive serial killer who had the strength to strangle men and carry their bodies to remote dumping grounds. Used to living a double life, he’s likely to lie even as he confesses, to spin stories his own way.
Then One Got Away
Ronald Dominique was eventually investigated after a man, who Dominique had lured into his motel room, but who had refused to be tied up, got away from him and reported the incident to the police.
In September of 2008, Dominique pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, in order to avoid the death penalty, and was sentenced to eight life-sentences after confessing to raping and killing 23 male victims over a ten-year period. He also stated that he murdered his victims because he didn’t want to go to jail for raping them.
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