Kentucky Barracuda: Parker Hardin French Subtitled: The Notorious Scoundrel and Delightful Rogue of Antebellum and Civil War America. The book is a Catch Me If You Can historical biography of an infamous rascal of the mid-19th Century, a quirky history featuring a crafty, charismatic, cunning, and charming Machiavellian. It is also a pathologically intriguing profile of a barracuda–con man, crook, hustler, and swindler.
Based on well-documented research the author reveals that: Parker Hardin French (1826-1878) was infamous in his time and well-known to political leaders, the press, and casual newspaper readers alike. Nonetheless, he was almost lost to history and relegated to a minor footnote. But through the 1850s, the Civil War, and into the 1870s he contributed far more to period history than previously documented. Parker H. French was certainly an adventurer and entrepreneur who engaged in elaborate, bold, and ambitious exploits but he was also a magnificent con-man. Those who followed his exploits were variously exasperated, captivated by his audacity and nervy cheek, or humored by his latest escapade. He was judged an incorrigible scoundrel, labeled a chronic megalomaniac, or peddled as a misunderstood victim of his enemies. Many believed him a hero; many just thought him insane.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Using advanced DNA testing, investigators now have a big answer they’ve been searching for for more than three decades in an unsolved case.
According to Kentucky State Police, the KSP Forensic Lab partnered with a private company called Othram to use advanced DNA technology to establish the identify of a victim previously known as “Jane Doe.”
That woman is now identified as Linda Bennett, recovered along a roadside in rural Owen County, Kentucky, more than 30 years ago.
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MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (CBS) — Indiana State Police and the FBI have identified a serial killer known as the “I-65 Killer,” who killed three women in the late 1980s, as Harry Edward Greenwell, a man with a lengthy criminal record who died in 2013.
Indiana State Police Sgt. Glen Fifield said DNA and genealogical evidence used to identify Greenwell as the I-65 Killer were 99.9999% positive.
Greenwell was born in December 1944 and died in January 2013, and had an extensive criminal history, including twice escaping from jail, and was known to travel through the Midwest, according to Fifield.
The I-65 Killer raped and killed three women at who worked hotels in Indiana and Kentucky in 1987 and 1989, and sexually assaulted a fourth woman in 1990, police said.
“It’s amazing what happens over the course of generations. There’s detectives in this very room that have been involved in this in some form or another literally for generations, and they’re owed a debt of gratitude that we can never possibly repay,” Indiana State Police Supt. Doug Carter said at a press conference announcing the identification of the I-65 Killer.
Photos of Greenwell matched a sketch of the suspect created from the sole surviving victim’s description of her attacker.
The killings linked to Greenwell began on Feb. 21, 1987, with the rape and murder of 41-year-old Vicki Heath, who was killed while working the night shift at a Super 8 motel along I-65 in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, according to Fifield.
Two years later, two more hotel workers were killed on the same day under similar circumstances on March 3, 1989.
Margaret “Peggy” Gill, 24, was raped and murdered at a Days Inn in Merrillville, Indiana, while working the night shift. Her body was found in an unoccupied wing of the Days Inn in Merrillville, Indiana, where she worked as a…
In this family history, “Raft Tide and Railroad: How We Lived and Died — Collected Memories and Stories of an Appalachian Family and Its Seventh Son,” Appalachian author, poet, and editor Dr. Edwina Pendarvis, was guided by sage advice from a grandmother, Jet Johnson, known only to her through family stories and photographs.
Not long before Johnson was murdered, she asked one of her sons to note the strength of a bundle of twigs — as opposed to an individual twig — and see it as a metaphor for family strength — a metaphor originated by an earlier Appalachian — the warrior Tecumseh. In “Raft Tide and Railroad,” the author has preserved her family’s history and recognized its strength through accounts that span seven generations of experiences in Virginia, Kentucky, and West Virginia from the early 1800s to the present.
Pendarvis, a key member of the Jesse Stuart Foundation editorial team, also tells a larger, communal story of those who settled the Appalachian region. It is one of homesteading an untamed wilderness, timbering the virgin forests, and moving the logs downstream on swollen rivers. She recounts life on the farms, in the small towns created by the coming of the railroads, and in the coal camps. As the title promises, the memoir focuses on the life of one “special” uncle, the seventh son of a seventh son and youngest child of Jet Johnson. His story is a rags-to-riches account of a self-proclaimed “hillbilly” who built a horse-breeding empire after selling a successful mining company. Sports Illustrated said of Donald Johnson: “Far from being a member of the horsey…
Even as resources become more widely available online and a greater number of records digitized, African Americans looking to learn more about their history and heritage face unique challenges.
The federal government didn’t include African American individuals in the census by name until 1870 – though the first enslaved Africans landed at Point Comfort more than 250 years prior, in 1619. Instead of more traditional vital records – birth, death, marriage certificates and the like – many African Americans must look elsewhere to find their pre-Emancipation ancestors.
With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of places Black Kentuckians can connect with to begin or continue their genealogy journey. This list is in no way comprehensive, and many local libraries, news organizations and museums have individual collections, records and offerings, not to mention private citizens who may hold family documents that contain information about enslaved and formerly enslaved people.
Genealogy resources, organizations focused on Black Kentuckians
The African American Genealogy Group of Kentucky welcomes anyone interested in the research, and preservation of the commonwealth’s African American history, according to its site. The organization holds monthly meetings, events and more, and memberships are $31 for individuals.
The AAGGKY’s online resource guide includes videos with tips for getting started and locating records on enslaved ancestors, reading recommendations on the state’s Black history and genealogy best practices, and a listing of other genealogy groups, including those in Kentucky and more. Some resources are exclusive to members.
The Kentucky African American Heritage Commission, a part of the state historic preservation office, is a 19-member panel charged with safeguarding key historic sites.
Though not in the Bluegrass, the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center, based in Fort Wayne, Ind., has a database of Kentucky genealogy resources through its “African American Gateway” project. There, individuals can find numerous offerings, including historic deed listings, census records, military documents and more.
The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage in Louisville seeks to elevate and showcase the state’s rich Black history, according to its site. The organization has hosted genealogy workshops in the past.
Resources focused on general Kentucky genealogy
The Kentucky Historical Society bills itself as the premier destination for genealogy research in the commonwealth. The society, based in Frankfort, advertises a swath of resources, with an online catalog so you can peruse the offerings from home.
Lexington has a Family History Center at 1789 Tates Creek Pike, open limited hours Tuesdays and Thursday. The center can be reached by phone at 859-269-2722 or email at [email protected] There are family history centers in several other parts of the state, as well.
The Lexington History Museum offers some genealogy resources, including a searchable records database for the Lexington Cemetery.
The Kentucky Department for Library and Archives has a wealth of state and local government digital and physical records, though obtaining copies may come with a fee. According to its website, the earliest birth and death records on file there date to 1852 – 11 years prior to the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation.
The Kentucky Genealogical Society fosters networking and education around genealogy work in the state, according to its site. The public can access research materials and records, training and more with a $20 individual membership.
Other genealogy resources to trace African American ancestry
The nonprofit African American Genealogy Group, based out of Philadelphia, supports genealogy research across the nation, according to its website. The African American Genealogy Group of Kentucky promotes many of the Philadelphia-based groups offering on its own website, including virtual seminars and more.
The AAGG’s website offers an interactive and easy-to-navigate guide to getting started with your research. Membership to the organization begins at $40 for individuals, and some discounts are available for senior citizens and students.
The Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society promotes scholarly research and connects the community with resources on African American history and culture, according to its website. It is affiliated with the National Genealogical Society and the Federation of Genealogical Societies.
Its resource listings include things like oral history databases and means to research surnames. Individual memberships are $35.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture, a Smithsonian holding, features a library with records and for research on the African Diaspora, Black history and culture in the U.S. You can ask genealogy-related questions of the library directly via email at [email protected]
The National Archives offers resource guides based on ethnicity on its website, as well as information on the basics of genealogy, vital records and more. The archives’ featured records and holdings are extensive.
Jackie Starkey is the service journalism editor for the Lexington Herald-Leader, Centre Daily Times and Belleville News-Democrat. She is a graduate of UNC Asheville and previously worked for the Carteret County News-Times in coastal North Carolina. She is based at the Herald-Leader in Lexington.
Indianapolis – More than 30 years after three young women were murdered, and another brutally assaulted, the man responsible has been identified using investigative genealogy. This is a unique method that can generate new leads for unsolved homicides, as well as help identify unknown victims.
Harry Edward Greenwell was identified through this method as the person responsible for the four attacks. Greenwell died in 2013 at the age of 68 in New Albin, Iowa. Greenwell had an extensive criminal history ranging from 1963 to 1998.
Dubbed the I-65, or Days Inns murders, Greenwell robbed and murdered three young women, and left a fourth for dead, in a series of attacks at hotels in Kentucky and Indiana.
The cases Greenwell has been connected to include:
February 21, 1987 – Vicki Heath was murdered at the Super 8 Motel in Elizabethtown, KY
March 3, 1989 – Margaret “Peggy” Gill was murdered at the Days Inn in Merrillville, IN
March 3, 1989 – Jeanne Gilbert was murdered at the Days Inn in Remington, IN
January 2, 1990 – Jane Doe was sexually assaulted at the Days Inn in Columbus, IN
Following the murders, the Indiana State Police lab matched ballistic evidence linking the Gill and Gilbert murders. The ISP Lab further connected the Heath and Gilbert murders, and the sexual assault of the Columbus victim, through DNA analysis.
In 2019, the Indiana State Police requested the assistance of the FBI’s Gang Response Investigative Team (GRIT). Since these crimes were committed, many investigative and scientific techniques have either improved or been created through new advances in technology. One of these methods is Investigative Genealogy and combines the use of DNA analysis with traditional genealogy research and historical records to generate investigative leads for unsolved violent crimes.
This technique involves uploading a crime scene DNA profile to one or more genetic genealogy databases in an attempt to identify a criminal offender’s genetic relatives and locate the offender within their family tree. Utilizing this process, a match was made to Greenwell with a close family member. Through this match it was determined that the probability of Greenwell being the person responsible for the attacks was more than 99 percent.
Agents in the Houston FBI Field Office provided invaluable assistance in solving the case.
“Our family is extremely grateful to all of the agencies, along with agency partnerships, who have committed to keeping these unsolved cases at the forefront for more than 33 years, and who have worked tirelessly to bring these cases to resolution for all who have suffered from these crimes,” said Kimberly (Gilbert) Wright, daughter of Jeanne Gilbert.
“Indiana State Police investigators work diligently every day, in close collaboration with our state and federal law enforcement partners all across Indiana and beyond our state lines, to help solve senseless crimes like this one, no matter how many days, months or even years have passed since the crime occurred”, said Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas G. Carter.
“These cases did not go unsolved all these years because of a lack of investigative inactivity – investigators continuously tracked leads across the country and did everything they could to identify the person responsible for these crimes,” said FBI Indianapolis Special Agent in Charge Herbert J. Stapleton. “Now, through technological advances and strong, collaborative partnerships we were able to identify this person and, hopefully, start to bring closure and healing to the families of Vicki, Peggy and Jeanne; as well as the surviving victim.”
“This case represents the generational dedication of the Elizabethtown Police Department and the forward thinking of our detectives when science and law enforcement was in its infancy. Our detectives take each case personal, and they work diligently, never giving up that one day their case will see closure,” said Elizabeth Deputy Chief of Operations David Fegett. “We hope and pray this multi-agency collaboration will help bring long overdue closure to the families and friends of Mrs. Heath and the other victims.”
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Two internal investigations concluded that a former Louisville police detective pressured multiple confidential informants into performing sexual acts on him and lied about it to investigators — and that his actions broke the law.
But two years after the investigations began, Brian Bailey has not been criminally charged. The commonwealth’s attorney’s office says it’s still deciding whether to charge Bailey, now more than seven months since it received the bulk of the evidence from the Louisville Metro Police Department’s criminal investigation.
Police and court records show one LMPD investigator began introducing doubt that Bailey would face charges in the same report where police concluded he broke the law.
Sgt. Andrew Meyer of the LMPD Professional Standards Unit wrote in a July 8 investigative summary that Bailey could have been charged with, at least, official misconduct and prostitution, both misdemeanors.
Police have an alleged victim’s shirt with Bailey’s semen on it, sexually explicit text messages he sent, proof he coerced informants into having oral sex with him in his police car and sexual acts in his office. Police also confirmed Bailey lied in sworn testimony.
Meyer determined that “these acts have destroyed public respect and confidence and they have brought discredit upon the department and upon Detective Bailey as a member of the department.”
But he also wrote that police were “unable” to charge Bailey because the one-year statute of limitations for misdemeanor charges ran out during the LMPD’s two-year investigation.
Two investigative unit reviews of Bailey — the Public Integrity Unit, which looks at criminal matters; and PSU, which determines if an officer violated internal policies — both concluded Bailey broke the law.
Regardless of the evidence and police conclusions, Bailey was allowed to remain with the department until his resignation in June.
The criminal investigation of Bailey began nearly two years ago, in February 2020. But he was first investigated and cleared for the same offense in 2016, when a woman serving as his confidential informant accused him of sexual assault.
The woman accused Bailey of touching her breast and sending her pictures of his penis from his work cellphone, but police never interviewed Bailey or looked at his phone.
Indeed, investigators waited eight months before even asking Bailey to talk about her claims. When he refused, they closed the case, saying the allegations were “unfounded.”
In addition, LMPD didn’t open an internal investigation with its Professional Standards Unit, which is typical LMPD practice to do after a criminal probe is complete to look for violations of police procedure.
It would take another four years — and three more women accusing Bailey of sexual assault — before investigators talked with him. It took another year before police subpoenaed Bailey’s phones.
By then, three women had filed lawsuits against Bailey; his partner Jared Williams, who resigned from the department in January 2021; other officers involved in the 2016 investigation; and the city, among others.
An investigator in the criminal case said Bailey’s “cell phones had been deleted,” according to records in the civil suits.
In an August 25 deposition, LMPD Chief Erika Shields criticized the investigations into Bailey, saying that police should have obtained the texts the detective sent in 2016. She said a more thorough investigation at the time would have likely led to Bailey’s resignation or firing.
“From a Monday morning quarterback, it looks like that there was more that could have been done,” she said.
WDRB News and the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting first documented Bailey’s pattern of questionable warrants and accusations of sexual misconduct with confidential informants in February 2021 as part of the news organizations’ ongoing examination of LMPD search warrants in the wake of the 2020 fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor.
Before he was taken off the streets, Bailey was notorious for search warrants based on information provided by confidential informants.
Bailey obtained more residential search warrants than any other LMPD officer, according to an analysis by KyCIR and WDRB of publicly available warrants. He obtained more search warrants between January 2019 and June 2020 than the next two officers combined.
All but one of Bailey’s warrants reviewed by KyCIR and WDRB was based, at least in part, on the word of confidential informants.
Attorneys raised flags about Bailey’s use of confidential informants, accusing him in court of relying on “boilerplate” affidavits and, in some cases, making up information.
Bailey’s attorney, James McKiernan, declined to comment. An LMPD spokesperson said the department would not comment while the case is still pending.
Jefferson Commonwealth’s Attorney Thomas B. Wine said his office is still trying to determine if criminal charges are warranted against Bailey.
Even though the investigative report centered on possible misdemeanors, Sgt. Omar Lee, who investigated Bailey to determine if he committed a crime, testified in a civil deposition in September that a felony charge of sodomy is possible as felony cases have no statute of limitations.
Kentucky’s sodomy law includes forcible oral sex, which two women accused Bailey of and the standards investigation concluded likely occurred.
Whether Lee’s investigation addressed the possibility of charging Bailey with a felony isn’t clear, because his report isn’t in the civil court record.
Attorney Vince Johnson, who represents two of the three women who have sued Bailey and the city, filed a motion in court Tuesday asking a judge to force the city to turn over Lee’s investigation, including any recommendations concerning criminal charges.
Johnson wrote that prosecutors have had the case for several months but Bailey has not been charged, and attempts to communicate with the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office have failed.
“Whether Bailey will face criminal responsibility for his actions is of significant interest to the (women in the lawsuits) and to the entire community,” he wrote.
Investigation: Bailey targeted women addicted to drugs
Four women have publicly accused Bailey of sending explicit photos and forcing them to engage in sexual acts while facing criminal charges.
The complaints in the lawsuits are similar: Bailey forced women facing charges to become confidential informants and then compelled them to perform sexual acts on him under threat of criminal prosecution.
In his standards investigation, Meyer concluded that Bailey targeted low-income women who were addicted to drugs and “would be more willing to perform sexual acts than go to jail,” according to his investigative summary.
“There are similarities in methodology among the allegations,” said Meyer. “These unique characteristics surface throughout Detective Bailey’s conduct toward each of these individuals. The methodology is regarding this apparent method of selection, coercion technique, and specific phrasing used to initiate sexual encounters.”
In text messages to the women, he would refer to himself as “Daddy,” and often asked the women, “Why you scared?” if they were hesitant.
Police have text messages from two of the four women.
One of the women, whose name was redacted, said Bailey got her out of trouble with police and prosecutors about ten times when she provided him with sexual favors.
The woman “believed any time she had been arrested, Detective Bailey called the prosecutor and told them she is working on a ‘big case’ for him, and this got her out of trouble,” Meyer wrote. “There was no big case.”
Other times, she would be pulled over by an officer and call Bailey “and he would call whoever had her stopped and they would let her go,” Meyer wrote.
Screenshots turned over to attorneys and included in court records from the woman involved in the 2016 case show someone she has listed in her phone as “BB” making sexually suggestive remarks and asking to come to her home. She provided the phone number to attorneys for the city and the alleged victims.
One woman told Meyer that Bailey would let her use drugs before performing a sex act on him in his vehicle.
Meyer also reviewed evidence from the 2016 investigation, where the woman turned over text messages Bailey had sent her, including one that said “Please mommy make daddy proud.”
In the deposition, the woman claims Bailey sexually abused her in his police cruiser and his office, where she describes seeing pictures of his family.
She said he texted her every day and she went along with it because he was “preventing me from becoming a felon.”
She claims he told her, “You help me and I’ll help you. You owe me.”
Shields raises concerns about investigation
Shields, who took over as chief in January 2021, initiated an investigation into whether Bailey violated departmental policies last June, shortly after the investigators in the criminal probe obtained DNA evidence on an alleged victim’s t-shirt that proved he had a sexual relationship with her.
At the very least, Shields said in her deposition, the department could discipline Bailey for untruthfulness, as he said in sworn testimony that he did not have a relationship with that informant.
Bailey resigned that same month. In a recent deposition, Bailey asserted his right to not incriminate himself 125 times in refusing to answer questions.
Bailey did talk to LMPD investigator Lee in May 2020, providing an initial 10-minute statement, but asked for an attorney once the investigator told him about allegations against him.
“He gave me ten minutes and locked himself into a story,” Lee said in his deposition.
Bailey’s statement is not available in court records.
Shields acknowledged she was frustrated with how long the second investigation of Bailey has taken, noting that waiting for the Kentucky State Police to finish the DNA testing put the investigation on a “two-year timeline, and that was not reasonable.”
Instead, Shields said she had investigators send the shirt to a private lab to be tested.
“Once the DNA came back and it showed that, in fact, he had in some shape or form had a relationship with this woman, I knew at that point, if nothing else, he – he lied in his statement,” she said.
But both Shields and Lee also criticized Meyer’s investigation and conclusions in their testimony.
Shields said Meyer has “established himself as somebody who jumps to conclusions.”
While saying she “absolutely” has concerns with Bailey’s actions, she was “not going to give Andrew Meyer that much weight.
“I just can’t,” Shields said.
Meyer investigated the officers involved in the Breonna Taylor shooting in 2020 and concluded they should not have returned gunfire because “circumstances made it unsafe to take a single shot.”
He concluded that officers who fired their weapons that night violated LMPD’s use-of-force policy.
Commanders disagreed with Meyer’s findings and overruled them.
Lee defended his criminal investigation of Bailey — and how long it took — saying he didn’t believe he had enough evidence to get a search warrant for Bailey’s phones until the Kentucky State Police finished testing the DNA evidence.
While two of the three women in the lawsuits talked with Lee, one did not, he said, so he did not investigate the claims she made.
And the woman who claimed she had Bailey’s DNA on a t-shirt would not provide her phone as she believed police would find proof she was involved in illegal activity and use it against her, he said.
Asked if he believed Bailey committed crimes against both women involved in his investigation, Lee said, “I believe so, yes sir.”
Shields said Meyer and Lee should have done more to collaborate and obtain key evidence.
While the units generally keep their work separate to avoid compromising criminal investigations, Shields said the initial statements gathered by each unit should be shared.
Asked if she had any doubts that Bailey had committed crimes, she said, “Obviously I have serious concern.”
And if the investigation in 2016 had been more thorough, Shields said, it might have prevented further victims — because it “would definitely have increased the likelihood that he would have resigned.”
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CORBIN, Ky. (AP) — For many, cooking is a talent, a love, a hobby.
For others, it is a challenge.
Because Laurel native Cheyenne Loomis finds cooking to fall into the latter category, she was excited when she was asked to participate in this season of “Worst Cooks in America,” a contest show airing on The Food Network at 9 p.m. on Wednesdays.
“I can’t cook,” Loomis said. “I gave myself food poisoning three times in one year.”
On the show, Loomis teams with a relative who shares her inability to make edible food.
“It’s really a funny story — Angie is from California and she knew she had relatives in Kentucky. So she took a DNA test and all the women relatives here took a DNA test and we learned we were related,” Loomis said.
Loomis and Angie bonded and when Angie applied to be on the show, she was accepted. But she was told that this season would be couples, so she immediately contacted her fellow “bad cooker” relative to team with her.
“I was so excited!” Loomis said. “It is a good opportunity because you get to learn and work with some of the greatest chefs on TV.”
Although she cannot release all the details of the show, Loomis did say the experience was tremendous. A clip from the show has Loomis chopping vegetables — with Angie commenting that apparently Loomis only uses one arm to chop or prepare food.
Loomis doesn’t sugar coat the fact that her cooking skills are less than desirable.
“Once I was making peanut butter fudge and I put all the ingredients in at the same time and it came out looking like mud,” she said.
She credits part of that to failing to read the instructions fully or take the time to measure out the ingredients properly.
“I’m really bad at baking,” she said, relating the story of a homemade cake she attempted once before.
It was a homemade cake with two layers. For reasons unbeknownst to Loomis, the cake only rose about one inch high.
“It was so tough we couldn’t cut it with a knife. We had to use a knife with a saw blade,” she said. “And I chipped a tooth on it.”
Trying to hone her skills through the show opened up opportunities for Loomis, who said the entire experience was a positive learning experience.
The show begins with contestants playing games, which Loomis describes as “a lot of fun.” Then the coaches demonstrate how to cook a specific dish on each show with contestants testing her skills at duplicating it.
“You can either replicate it or put your own spin on it,” Loomis said. “The coaches taste it and critique it, with the worst being eliminated each week.”
Although she cannot discuss specifics of this season, Loomis said she doesn’t feel that she is the worst of the contestants competing this year, but she is definite that she is not the best.
“It’s actually the best of the Worst Cooks who wins the $25,000 prize,” she said.
Filming for the show was done in Long Island, New York, this past summer and is currently airing. Loomis said this is the third episode to air and is by far her favorite one.
The first show premiered on Jan. 5 and was titled “Welcome to the Disaster Show.” This episode was the initiation show, chefs and mentors Anne Burrell and Cliff Crooks challenged contestants to prepare a loved one’s favorite dish.
Jan. 12’s episode was “Worst Cooks Warrior” and is described as this: “The recruits find boot camp transformed into a gladiator-style arena. Chefs Anne Burrell and Cliff Crooks explain that to be a successful chef, the recruits need stamina, speed and a developed palate. For the skill drill challenge, the recruits learn how to make a falafel platter fit for a culinary titan, and in the main dish challenge, they’re tasked with making flavor-packed chicken adobo. Anne and Cliff judge all the dishes, and the battle is over for one recruit.”
The Jan. 19 episode was “Beach Bites” which takes contestants to a beachside resort setting. The teams face off in a head-to-head relay race to make a beach picnic basket, and they’re tasked with making crab cakes with a sauce and salad. In the main dish challenge, the chefs fire up the grill and have the recruits cook grilled fish dinners. It’s smooth sailing for some, but the recruit with the least successful dish must sail off into the sunset.”
Loomis said this week’s show is her favorite episode.
The contestants come from all over the nation, she said.
“We’ve got people from the Dominican Republic, Wisconsin, Florida, New York City — we even have another couple from Leitchfield, Kentucky, on there,” Loomis said. “The producers and everyone with the show were amazing. They worked with such a diverse group of us and we all got along really well.”
Loomis won’t disclose whether her cooking skills have improved since her experience on the show, but she readily admits that she probably will not be asked to cook the main course for family meals in the near future.
“I might shoot for a side dish,” she said.
“Worst Cooks in America” is in its 23rd season on The Food Network.
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