November 2nd, 2009
Tulane surgeon, Dr. Ralph Edward Newsome Jr., was stabbed to death in French Quarter home that was set on fire. His body had no burns, and he had not inhaled any smoke, meaning someone set fire to the home after he was stabbed, New Orleans coroner's chief investigator John Gagliano said. Benjamin Sachs, the dean of Tulane's School of Medicine. They found smoke flowing out of the second floor and soon discovered a large fire burning toward the back of an attic. Firefighters barged into the home and found an unconscious Newsome on the second floor, stabbed several times. Firefighters brought him outside to waiting New Orleans EMS paramedics. Newsome, who maintained a listing in a directory of gay doctors and medical providers, received his medical doctorate from the University of South Alabama. The Huntsville, Ala., native then moved to Mississippi and started a private practice in general surgery and emergency medicine. His background in emergency medicine, general surgery and plastic surgery "was a unique combination of skills to have, " Sachs said. His skills especially suited him to care for people stricken with skin cancer -- he could not only surgically remove their tumors, he could also repair the disfigurements the procedures left behind. Newsome, a member of the French Quarter's Patio Planters, bought the Toulouse Street house in 2003 and renovated it. Raised beds ran along the outside. In the pond, speckled orange and white Koi swim alongside larger black fish that eat algae,.