They’ve solved thousands of murder cases, and now they’re getting together to share their stories. Welcome to The Detectives Club: New Orleans—where a group of dedicated homicide investigators recount the most challenging, high profile, and emotional murder cases of their careers. They’ve solved some of the most heinous crimes the city has ever seen.
Widely known as one of the toughest and most dedicated investigators on the force, Montreal native CATE BECKETT moved to New Orleans specifically to join the NOPD. Immediately after graduating from the Academy, she was thrown into the dangerous world of undercover Narcotics. Beckett later worked in Sex Crimes, but ultimately discovered her true passion was Homicide where she says investigators give voice to those who can no longer tell their stories. Beckett suffered an accident that forced her into early retirement. She is currently a forensic investigator with the New Orleans Coroner’s Office.
New Orleans native EDDIE RANTZ was raised on the streets and entered the Academy straight out of high school. After only three years on the job, Rantz was promoted to Detective and at age 23 he became one of the youngest investigators on the force. Rantz worked in the Robbery division before finally becoming a Sergeant in Homicide where he felt he could make the greatest impact. After nearly three decades, Rantz retired from the NOPD and began practicing law, first for the District Attorney’s Office and currently in private practice.
BARRET MORTON’s career inspiration began at home when his detective uncle shared real-life cases at the dinner table. After graduating from the Academy, Morton started work as a patrolman with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Department where—from drug dealers to gang lords—he was confronted with New Orleans’ underworld. Morton’s tough reputation eventually landed him in Narcotics at the NOPD. He was later assigned to Homicide where he now works as a detective.
With a family legacy steeped in civil service, JIMMY ANDERSON has police work in his blood. Anderson worked in patrol, SWAT, and as a hostage negotiator before being promoted to Detective. He worked in Homicide during some of the department’s most dangerous years. In 1994 alone, he and his team faced 425 murder cases—one of the highest rates in the city’s history. After Hurricane Katrina, Anderson led a platoon of 60 officers as they managed evacuees with scarce resources inside the Superdome. He later retired from the NOPD, but remains an active and respected presence in the law enforcement community.
JOEY CATALANOTTO followed in his grandfather’s footsteps to become a second-generation NOPD officer. Catalanotto began his career patrolling the streets on foot and later on horseback with the Mounted Police Unit. Described by his peers as charismatic and wildly intelligent, Catalanatto spent 20 of his 30 years with the NOPD in Homicide, and concluded his time on the force as a Sergeant and Squad Commander overseeing a team of detectives. Now retired, Catalanotto is an investigator for the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office.