Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Scuzzbucket of the week
Lam Luong, 37, of Irvington confessed Tuesday night to driving to the Dauphin Island bridge, stopping and tossing the youngsters off the span, which is as high as 80 feet above the water in places
Missing and presumed dead were 4-month-old Danny Luong; 1-year-old Lindsey Luong; 2-year-old Hannah Luong; and 3-year-old Ryan Phan. Phan is not the man's biological child, but Luong raised him from infancy, authorities said
The couple lived with Phan's mother at Bayou La Batre, a fishing village with a large Southeast Asian community. Phan was in seclusion Wednesday morning in the brick home, the front porch cluttered with children's shoes.
al.com , background on this scum of the earth:
Looking for an opportunity for a fresh start after Katrina…. the couple left the Bayou La Batre area determined to land new jobs.
The owner of the Kobe Japanese Steak House, Lisa Tran, recalled speaking to Luong initially in English, then switching to the language of her native Vietnam when she discovered that he had been born there, too.
I didn't know he was Vietnamese because he looked like a black guy, said Tran in heavily accented English.
Tran described Luong as a model employee for about eight or nine months before he became increasingly moody. He sometimes complained about having to shuttle the children back and forth to day care and once even made a passing reference to killing them, Tran said, although she added that he said he was just kidding.
Sometimes he work hard, very hard, she said. "Sometimes he was lazy. ... I told him when cooking, you try to be nice to customers."
Tran said her husband fired Luong on Aug. 30 after he missed yet another shift.
Struggling with a crack cocaine problem and a strife-filled relationship with his common-law wife -- and without a job for 5½ weeks -- Lam Luong turned to an unusual source for help in October: the police. Luong picked up the telephone at his mobile home in Hinesville, Ga., and dialed 911, according to police.
Luong said that he wanted to turn himself in, and officers responded to the address, not knowing what he had done wrong.
Luong bonded out of the Georgia jail and at some point moved with his family back to coastal Alabama, where they had lived until Hurricane Katrina flooded their home in 2005.