Fleeing ex-con drifted to Louisiana town

Norman Bill Williams

Norman Bill Williams

Published: Monday, May 12, 2014 at 04:27 PM.

This story is from Oct. 27, 2011

APALACHICOLA - When Norman Bill Williams, Jr. fled the woods outside Eastpoint where he was released from prison, he did not ride off into a new horizon, towards a quiet life of anonymity.

Instead, the 56-year-old fugitive found his way to the heart of Cajun country, a tiny Louisiana town on the Gulf south of New Orleans, a familiar place where he was both well-known and not well-liked.

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Wearing a clumsy disguise he hoped would keep him from being spotted, Williams failed to fool an alert employee at Griffin’s Station Marina, a small fuel dock in Leeville, about 19 miles from Grand Isle.

“He wore a welding hat, and nobody wears that unless you’re a welder. It’s a really fruity hat to wear,” said a marina employee, who asked not to be named. “And he had little round glasses, not reading glasses, the kind people wear to look like they’re smart.”

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