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Why Louisiana's Gary Plauche goes viral every Father's Day

The story of Gary Plauché is one of the most fascinating in American criminal history. The man from Baton Rouge committed a crime in 1984 that still intrigues the public today. It is one of the few crimes caught on video, but the public seems to be on the side of the suspect rather than the victim.

The story of Plauché has been covered in numerous documentaries and television programs and is even the subject of the 2019 book “Why, Gary, why?”: The story of Jody Plauché. The 2019 book was written by Gary's son Jody, who also played a central role in this story.

We won't go into too much detail about the crimes committed against Jody Plauché, but if you want to know the full backstory, you can find it here.

The crux of the story is that local karate instructor and friend of the Plauché family, Jeffrey Doucet, kidnapped Jody Plauché in February 1984. Doucet had been Jody's karate instructor and had been very close to the family for over a year. During this time, Doucet had begun sexually harassing Jody.

When Doucet kidnapped Jody, he took him from Baton Rouge to California, where he continued to abuse Jody. The only reason Doucet was caught was because he allowed Jody to make a collect call to Jody's mother from her motel room. After tracing the call, police arrested Doucet and returned Jody to Louisiana.

During this time, Gary Plauché learned the extent of Doucet's abuse of his son. Filled with grief and anger, Plauché hatched a plan to get revenge on Doucet. Plauché had become aware of when Doucet was to be returned to Baton Rouge and decided that this was the moment he would take action.

Plauché went to the airport armed and waited for the police to pick up Doucet. As soon as Doucet passed Plauché, he raised his gun and fired a shot into Doucet's head. Plauché immediately turned himself in to the police, who recognized the father from the investigation. They called out to him and asked “why” … hence the title of the book.

After his arrest, Plauché was charged with first-degree murder, but that charge was eventually dropped in favor of manslaughter. Plauché pleaded no contest and received a seven-year suspended sentence, five years probation, and 300 hours of community service.

Gary Plauché died in 2014, three weeks before his 69th birthday. Before his death, he gave an interview in which he was asked if he regretted killing Doucet. Plauché said he did not regret it and would do it again.

If you don't understand why Gary Plauché's story goes viral every year on Father's Day, it's because his actions continue to resonate with the American public to this day. Even though Plauché obviously committed a crime and it was caught on camera, the public still seems to be overwhelmingly supportive of his actions to this day. That's why many on the internet share his story around Father's Day.

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