Ronald Dominique

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Ronald Dominique
Born Ronald Joseph Dominique
(1964-01-09) January 9, 1964 (age 54)
Thibodaux, Louisiana, U.S.
Criminal penalty Life Imprisonment
Victims 23+
Span of crimes
Country United States
State(s) Louisiana
Date apprehended
December 1, 2006

Ronald Joseph Dominique (born January 9, 1964) is an American serial killer from the Bayou Blue area of Houma, Louisiana.[1][2]

Dominique was investigated in late 2006 following a police report by a man who refused to let Dominique tie him up. The final victim, Chris Sutterfield, had died about two months earlier.

Following his arrest on December 1, 2006, Dominique confessed to the rape and murder of at least 23 men over a ten-year period beginning in 1997. He committed the crimes in Terrebonne, Lafourche, Iberville, St. Charles and Jefferson parishes in suburban New Orleans.[1][2] In his confession, Dominique, who is gay, said he frequented area gay bars and targeted men he thought would be willing to have sex for money. He also lured straight men by setting up fake drug deals or showing men a picture of women and telling them that she was willing to pay for sex with a Black man. [3]He murdered them to avoid being convicted and sentenced to prison for rape. He was charged with multiple cases of rape and first-degree murder.[1][2]

On September 23, 2008, Dominique was sentenced to eight life sentences after confessing to raping and killing his male victims over a 10-year period.[4] Dominique pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in a deal to avoid the death penalty.[4] He is incarcerated at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola.[5][6]

Dominique’s known victims are as follows:

Name Age Date found Location found
David Mitchell 19 July 1997 St. Charles Parish
Gary Pierre 20 December 1997 St. Charles Parish
Larry Ranson 38 July 1998 St. Charles Parish
Oliver LeBanks 27 October 1998 Metarie, Jefferson Parish
Joseph Brown 16 October 1998 Kenner, Jefferson Parish
Bruce Williams 18 November 1998 Jefferson Parish
Manuel Reed 21 May 1999 Kenner, Jefferson Parish
Angel Mejia 34 June 1999 Kenner, Jefferson Parish
Mitchell Johnson 34 August 1999 Metarie, Jefferson Parish
Michael Vincent 23 January 2000 Lafourche Parish
Kenneth Randolph 20 October 2002 Lafourche Parish
Anoka Jones 26 October 2002 St. Charles Parish
Datrell Woods 19 May 2003 Terrebonne Parish
Larry Matthews 46 October 2004 Terrebonne Parish
Michael Barnett 21 October 2004 Terrebonne Parish
Leon Lirette 22 February 2005 Terrebonne Parish
August Watkins 31 April 2005 Lafourche Parish
Kurt Cunningham 23 April 2005 Lafourche Parish
Alonzo Hogan 28 July 2005 St. Charles Parish
Wayne Smith 17 August 2005 Terrebonne Parish
Chris Deville 40 September 2005 Assumption Parish
Nicholas Pellegrin 21 November 2005 Lafourche Parish
Christopher Sutterfield 27 October 2006 Iberville Parish

In Media[edit]

Documentary Film

  • Alix Lambert; David McMahon (Directors) (April 8, 2014). Bayou Blue (DVD & VOD). Run time: 79 minutes. U.S. and Canada only: Garden Thieves Pictures. Lay summary – SnagFilms.

Further reading[edit]


  • Jack Rosewood; Rebecca Lo (February 3, 2007). Serial Killers Rage and Horror: 8 Shocking True Crime Stories of Serial Killers and Killing Sprees - "Chapter 8. Ronald Dominique The Bayou Strangler." CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 9781542957786.
  • Robert Keller (March 11, 2017). True Crime: American Monsters Volume 12: 12 Horrific American Serial Killers - "Chapter 8. Ronald Domique." CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 9781544618487.
  • Fred Rosen (October 3, 2017). The Bayou Strangler: Louisiana’s Most Gruesome Serial Killer. Open Road Media. ISBN 9781504039499.

News articles


  1. ^ a b c "Video: Courier reporter, slain man's mother on CourtTV". The Courier. December 7, 2006. Retrieved December 22, 2007.
  2. ^ a b c "Video: Courier reporter, slain man's mother on CourtTV". The Courier. December 18, 2006. Retrieved December 22, 2007.
  3. ^ episode 52-55
  4. ^ a b "Louisiana Serial Killer Gets 8 Life Terms for 8 Murders". Fox News. September 24, 2008. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  5. ^ Chris Blondell (29 November 2017). "The Gentle, Pathetic Serial Killer". Sword and Scale. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
  6. ^ Mike McPadden (22 September 2017). "Ronald Dominique: "The Bayou Serial Killer" Who Decimated Gay Louisiana - CrimeFeed". CrimeFeed. Discovery Communications, LLC. Retrieved 30 September 2018.

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