Tulane surgeon stabbed to death in French Quarter home that was set fire

By Ramon Antonio Vargas, The Times-Picayune

October 31, 2009, 4:50PM

 http://www.nola.comA Tulane University plastic surgeon — known for healing the disfigured limbs and facial features of trauma victims and skin cancer patients with his scalpel — was knifed to death inside of his French Quarter home early Saturday.

      An arsonist then lit his home on fire in an apparent attempt to destroy any clues leading to his killer, according to authorities.

Dr. Ralph Edward Newsome Jr.,  45, died after being stabbed to death multiple times inside his three-story town house in the 900 block of Toulouse Street about 3 a.m. 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.

Holy cow.  Condolences to his family.


  1. How terribly sad!

  2. TheNewGuy says:

    Yikes… wonder if he knew his killer?