Terry Jo Duperrault

Julian Harvey And The Bluebelle Murders

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In 1949, my grandmother was living near the Eglin Air Force Base in Florida when a mysterious accident made the news: a car had skidded off of a rainy highway into a bridge railing and plunged into the bayou below, killing a young woman named Joann Boylen and her mother. However, Joann’s husband, Julian Harvey, had been driving the car and escaped the accident entirely uninjured. Julian’s miraculous survival stunned the highway patrolman and professional diver that investigated the scene, and nearly everyone who had heard of the accident found its circumstances to be particularly suspicious. Yet, Julian never underwent further investigation. My grandmother, who was only 11-years-old at the time, was fascinated by Julian. “You know, he was just the guy who everyone knew was guilty,” she told me recently over the phone. “And for some godforsaken reason, no one could prove it. At least, that was the case until the Bluebelle incident.”