Tuesday night, Oct. 17, Zackery Bowen, a 28-year-old part-time bartender and part-time grocery delivery man, leapt from the eighth floor of the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel in the French Quarter and plummeted to his death. Inside one of his pants pockets detectives found a plastic bag holding a suicide note:"This is not accidental. I had to take my own life to pay for the one I took. If you send a patrol to 826 N. Rampart, you will find the dismembered corpse of my girlfriend Addie in the oven, on the stove, and in the fridge…Zack Bowen."
He wasn’t kidding. Cops went to the address and found an unappetizing sight. On the stove in the tiny apartment were two pots. Inside one was the charred head of a woman. Inside the other were a pair of hands and a pair of feet. On the counter beside the stove were sliced carrots and potatoes. In the oven, lying on turkey-basting trays, were two arms and two legs.Cops also found a letter from the killer explaining his actions:
At least two of the limbs had seasoning sprinkled on them. The woman’s torso was wrapped in a plastic bag and stuffed into the refrigerator. The body parts belonged to Bowen’s girlfriend, 30-year-old Adriane "Addie" Hall.
According to Bowen’s letter, he strangled his girlfriend on Oct. 5. Then he repeatedly raped her corpse until he passed out drunk beside her. The next morning he went to work delivering groceries and came up with a plan for disposing of her body. When he got home he dumped Addie into the tub and used a handsaw and a knife to cut her into pieces. Then he cooked her.
Four days before Bowen killed her, Addie tried to throw Bowen out of their apartment. She told their landlord that Bowen had cheated on her. "She told me she caught him being unfaithful to her," the landlord said during a television news interview. "She told me three times she caught him being unfaithful—her words."
Deputy New Orleans Police Chief Anthony Canatella said the crime scene was one of the worst he has ever seen. "I’ve been on the job 40 years," Canatella said. "It was obviously very gruesome."