A karate instructor named Jeff Doucet in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, had abducted an 11-year-old boy in June of 1983 and taken him to California.
When Jody was rescued and returned to his family, his father Gary Plauche was coping with reports that his son had been sexually assaulted.
According to reports, Doucet had been molesting and abusing the boy for at least a year prior to the kidnapping. Police found Doucet and Jody in a motel and arrested him on a raid.
The suspect came through the airport, and a news reporter who was there that day narrates how he raised his camera to get a close-up shot and as he got parallel to the reporter, Plauche goes up, shoots and kills him. The whole incident is recorded on camera, and officers are shown apprehending Plauche and asking, “Gary, why?” over and over again.
The case received widespread critical attention at the time, with people divided over whether or not Plauche should have served time. Plauche claimed until his death that what he did was right, and that others in the same position would have done the same thing.