Laurie Kay Samson (1986)

Laurie Kay SamsonLaurie Kay Samson, 24, was killed 10/09/86 in her Tigerland Apartment near Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.1

Laurie was active in 4-H, and was a parish winner in a 1977 sewing contest2 and proudly showed her hog in a 1978 livestock competition.3

She was a 1985 graduate of LSU, and a member of Clinton Presbyterian Church and Uniting Campus Ministry.

Laurie is survived by mother Sandra Pratt Samson, and brothers Rev. Clay M. ‘Matt’ Samson Jr. and James R. ‘Ricky’ Samson.  Her father Clay Samson, a former President of Parents of Murdered Children, passed away without seeing Laurie’s killers brought to justice.4 She’s interred at Masonic Cemetery in Baton Rouge.

Crime Scene

laurie samsonLaurie’s partially covered nude body was discovered by her uncle, Jay Pratt, on 10/10/86 at 10:15am. She’d been strangled.

When she didn’t show up for work that morning, he went by her apartment at 4609 Earl Gros Street, #18, to check on her. He found Laurie “…dead on her bed against the wall.”5

Authorities believe she was killed approximately 30 hours prior to being found. There was no sign of forced entry.6 A number of people were questioned, but did not lead to any arrests.

Limited Information

My research revealed very little about Laurie Kay Samson’s background or the crime. If you have a reputable source of information for either, please let me know so it can be incorporated into this summary.

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Baton Rouge Police Department is working to solve the Laurie Kay Samson case and bring her killer(s) to justice. If you have information about this crime, please call (225) 389-3000.

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  1. Find A Grave: Laurie Kay Samson, accessed 11/20/20. []
  2. Eunice News: 4-H’ers with sewing skill going to Memphis to model, page 13, published 03/03/77. []
  3. Eunice News: La livestock exhibits win at International, page 8, published 12/05/78. []
  4. Find A Grave: Clay Mathews Samson, accessed 11/20/20. []
  5. WBRZ Channel 2: LSU grad’s murder in Tigerland remains unsolved three decades later, aired 09/19/19. []
  6. Greater Baton Rouge Crime Stoppers: 1986 Unsolved Homicide, accessed 11/20/20. []

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