In 1984 a man killed his son’s rapist, the story of this case had the whole United States in suspense and now, 35 years later, it went viral again this week. The event happened in 1983, when Jody Plauche, 10 years old, was taking karate lessons with the instructor Jeffrey Doucet, 25 years old. He sexually abused the boy for a year. It was in February 1984, when Doucet kidnapped Jody and took him to a motel in California.
He killed his son’s rapist right in front of the TV cameras
After a week together, Doucet allowed the boy to make a collect call to his mother from the motel. Thanks to the call, the California police raided the place, freed Jody and arrested the teacher without incident.
Jody was returned to his family in Louisiana on March 1, 1984. On the 16th Doucet flew from California to Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport so he could face trial. He arrived handcuffed at the scene, where camouflaged in a baseball cap, dark glasses and armed Gary Plauche, the father of the longtime sexually abused minor, was waiting for him.
Gary Plauche was a friend of some high-ranking police officers. So many believed that those contacts told Plauche where and when the teacher would arrive, but the truth is that the information was given to him by an employee of WBRZ-TV, a local ABC affiliate.
The moment Doucet passed in front of the reporters recording the scene, Plauche drew his gun, fired a single shot into Doucet’s head and lowered the gun, he killed his son’s rapist. The officers, who immediately recognized him, stopped him and asked him “Gary, why, why, Gary?”. After 35 years was the title the son chose to title the book that compiles all of his memoirs.
Gary Plauche ultimately got a seven-year suspended sentence with a five-year probation and 300 hours of community service for the shooting, although he did not end up being sentenced to prison.