The violent circumstances under which they met, now seems to have presaged how the relationship would end.
Zackery Bowen, 28, and Adriane “Addie” Hall, 30, met during Hurricane Katrina. And after the storm they were among the survivor’s who refused suggestions from authorities that they should leave the area. The two faced the challenges together in Adriane Hall’s apartment. Sharing what they had, cooking on a grill over a bucket full of wood, the newspapers followed their resilience and how they faced up to the challenges by writing about them several times.
They visited and smoked on their front stoop, and they watched the stars they normally could not see, as normally they were usually drowned out by the city lights. Challenges to their survival came up, but were met in their own style, or in ways that New Orleans was known for. They both worked in bars, so they had alcohol available to them, and if they needed ice or water they traded the alcohol. To help ward off looters, Hall bared her chest at passing officers a few times and ensured they made frequent trips through the area.
The two would visit each other at the different bars where they worked. Though they may have had problems at times they appeared to be in love. He tended to flirt with women and maybe more. And at least one woman has said that Bowen never had a good word to say about Hall. The two would break up, there would be screaming arguments then they would reunite. Hall also had a darker side. On Aug. 14, she was arrested for pulling a gun on a man. There were also charges for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. Bowen was also charged with possession of marijuana on Sept. 28 when police responded to a report of a disturbance. Yet through it all, they would still reunite. At least one has said that in the last days together, Bowen would buy flowers for Hall, kissing and loving.
Hall last showed up at work on Sept. 27. No one was concerned, because though they say it was unusual, she was usually reachable by cell, unless she forgot to buy talk time.
Not much is known about Bowen and Hall before they showed up in New Orleans. It is believed that Hall came from Pennsylvania, she registered to vote in New Orleans in 2002. And she sometimes talked about childhood traumas.
Bowen was from Los Angeles and registered to vote in 1996. Bowen reportedly has told friends that he had been in the military serving in Iraq and Bosnia. Reportedly he was reluctant to talk much about his past life, citing his “failures”. He had been previously married and was the proud father of two. But that ended in divorce. He spoke of his military service with pride, but said the government “messed him over,” purportedly there was an incident concerning a child. Still he was said to have a magnetic personality. And he was hired on at least one job as “a little eye candy for the ladies.”