The Phantom Whistler of Louisiana

Back in 1950, newspapers were full of the story of the Phantom Whistler of Louisiana. The Whistler was terrorizing a young woman, 18-year-old Jacqueline Cadow. He would hide in the shrubbery outside her house at night and whistle a funeral dirge. Sometimes he would follow this with a "blood-curdling moan."

When she got engaged to state trooper Herbert Belsom, the harassment grew worse. He started to make threatening phone calls to the family, threatening to kill Jacqueline if she went through with the wedding.

On several occasions, a few people besides Jacqueline heard the whistling and moaning, but the strange thing was that no one ever saw the Phantom Whistler. And eventually the Sheriff began to suspect that the entire thing was an "inside job and a hoax." Later the Sheriff modified this to say that he had solved the case, but he refused to disclose who or what the Whistler was because he didn't want to "embarrass" the people involved. Jacqueline and Herbert got married without incident.

Some more details here and here.

     Posted By: Alex - Thu Aug 09, 2012
     Category: Unsolved Mysteries

The should have called Marie LaVeau. She knew how to handle situations like this.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 08/09/12 at 09:02 AM
Hey, she was mentioned in newspapers on a national basis which was no easy feat 60 years ago.

I would have given a set of his / her earplugs for a wedding gift.
Posted by KDP on 08/09/12 at 09:49 AM
I wish the whole truth had come out at some point. I'd like to know what the deal was.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 08/09/12 at 08:05 PM
I wonder if she had a younger brother.
Posted by Judy on 08/10/12 at 08:25 AM
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