PORT ALLEN, LA (WAFB) - THE IDENTIFICATION
The Banks case has some unusual similarities to the murder of Joyce Williams in 1999. Williams was one of eight victims claimed by convicted serial killer Sean Vincent Gillis.
Gillis killed Williams in a similar desolate area off Rosedale Road, just a half-mile from where Brenda's remains were found a decade earlier.
Guerin said the two women shared similar appearances and lifestyles, but the years apart are much further. Brenda was killed eight years before Gillis claimed his first known victim, 81-year-old Ann Bryan in March 1994.
Still, it's a theory her sister believes.
Linda said a neighbor told her she last saw Brenda leaving her home on Quida Mae Drive in a white truck driven by a white male.
Brenda's son, however, has other suspicions.
A DANGEROUS HOME
"When she was trying to get help, to speak out about it, they put her in a mental institution, said she was crazy," he said. "They didn't want that to come out."
Whenever he would ask his older relatives questions about his mother, Willie said, he would never get a straight answer.
"Nobody wanted to tell me anything," he said. "It was a hush-hush thing. It wasn't until I took the DNA test that everybody started speaking out about it."
Willie, now in his 30s, grew fearful of some of his extended family and eventually moved out of state.
"If I come back down there this time after all of this, I don't think I would make it out," he said. "And I'm just being honest."
Now with a homicide investigation just beginning after 30 years, WBRSO detectives have a tough case to crack.