Another chapter in a very strange story is unfolding, as Baton Rouge mayor Kip Holden is, for the second time in less than two months, dealing with the legal problems of his wacky sister.
According to the Baton Rouge Advocate’s lead story today, sheriff’s deputies pinched Evelyn J. Holden for trying to blackmail a man she’s had a six-year extramarital with. It’s kind of a Glenn Close/Fatal Attraction thing, only with healthier bunny rabbits and more cops involved.
The Advocate story outlines the game:
Evelyn Holden, 52, of 2348 Goudchaux St., told investigators that Marshall Jackson, 56, of 4635 Sumrall Drive, periodically gave her a couple hundred dollars when they first started seeing each other, the affidavit says.
Later on, Holden threatened to tell Jackson’s wife about their relationship unless he paid her more cash, the affidavit says. Eventually, Jackson refused to pay her anything.
As a result, Holden recently persuaded a woman, who is not identified in the affidavit, to pose as a loan company representative, call Jackson and tell him that a loan had been taken out in his and Holden’s names.
The woman told Jackson on Dec. 15 that he had to pay her $200 if he didn’t want the loan application to be reported to credit bureaus, the affidavit says. Jackson told the woman the loan must be fraudulent and he reported the incident to law enforcement.
A day later, on Dec. 16, while an investigator with the Sheriff’s Office was questioning Jackson about the loan, Holden called Jackson and threatened to hurt him if he talked to authorities, an arrest warrant says.
“Don’t play with me,” Holden told Jackson, according to the warrant. “You go to the police and I’m gonna take care of you.”
A few hours later, Holden drove by Jackson’s home and yelled “I’m gonna get you, I promise,” the warrant says. Jackson was outside putting up Christmas lights when the threat was made.
No, she’s not very smart. Getting yourself arrested for blackmail over $200 a month pretty much cinches that one.
The sheriff’s office finally got around to arresting Miz Holden yesterday.
It’s her second social engagement with law enforcement of late. Last month Holden pled guilty in federal court for her involvement in a scheme run out of Baton Rouge City Court to fix traffic and criminal tickets.
The mayor is evidently in Florida and not available for comment. What exactly he can say about this that we don’t already know is a good question.