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Rick Bragg, "In a Louisiana Bayou Town, Uncle Pat is the Law"

Journalist Rick Bragg paints a vivid picture of the life of a small-town policemen in the rural South.

In a Louisiana Bayou Town, 'Uncle Pat' Is the Law

Chief Matherne, a rail-thin, 59-year-old man with a thick Cajun accent and long gray sideburns, handled it the way he handles most crime. "I talked nice to de boys," he said, and defused the situation. "Uncle Pat," as some residents and even some criminals call the Chief, is more than the law in Jean Lafitte.