Emma Raine, Ernest Smith: ‘Fatal Attraction’ Eyes Pastor’s Hurricane Katrina Black Widow Murder Case On TV One


Emma Raine, a black widow wife who murdered Pastor Ernest Smith in New Orleans, Louisiana 11 years ago, features tonight on TV One‘s true crime show Fatal Attraction. Detectives say Emma Smith Raine and her lover-turned-husband James Raine hired hit man Alfred “Terry” Everette to kill her second husband, Ernest Smith, outside his home after Hurricane Katrina.


For years, Pastor Ernest Smith’s murder went unsolved, until James Raine, Emma Raine’s third husband, was also murdered. Detectives said the common denominator in the suspicious deaths was Emma Raine. Alfred “Terry” Everette finally confessed to killing Ernest Smith at the request of James Raine and Emma Smith, aka Emma Rain.


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Fatal Attraction: Woman Leaves Trail of Three Dead Husbands

According to Fatal Attraction‘s documentary, Emma Raine didn’t just love her husbands. She killed them. Married four times, three of her husbands died suspiciously. Court records show her first husband, Leroy Evans, was struck by a car and left paralyzed in 1994. The Vicksburg man died in the hospital after choking on food in his sleep. His feeding tube was mysteriously removed.



After Leroy’s death, Emma nabbed a nice church pastor named Ernest Smith and married him. However, the marriage wasn’t perfect. One of the problems he had was a cheating wife. Ernest Smith learned Emma was having an affair with James Raine.


Still, he wanted to try to make it work. Ernest Smith and James Raine knew each other and had served in the military together. After Ernest Smith found out about the affair with Emma, he confronted James about it. Little did he know that just a few months later he’d be dead.



Two Dead, One To Go

Authorities arrived at 10700 Roger Drive before midnight in April of 2006. They found the body of thirty-eight-year-old Ernest Smith on the stairs. The apartment building was almost empty after Hurricane Katrina left the place deserted. Ernest Smith lived in “Apartment D” with Emma Smith (Emma Raine).


New Orleans police said Emma Raine showed no emotion—even with her dead husband right in front of her. Emma Raine’s clothes were clean as if she made no attempt to help her dying husband at all.


It didn’t take long for the cold-hearted widow to move on. Emma married James Raine, packed her bags, and bought a big house in Poplarville, Mississippi in Pearl River County. However, when James Raine ended up dead in 2011, police knew there was a connection to Emma Raine but had no way to prove it.


From there, Emma Raines went on to marry her fourth husband and moved to Missouri. Detectives got the proof they needed in 2012 when tipsters said James and Emma Raine hired Alfred “Terry” Everette to kill Ernest Smith. Everette was promised a large sum of money after they cashed in the insurance policy.


According to Terry Everette, he stood outside the New Orleans apartment building and waited for Ernest Smith to arrive from “Bike Night.” Then, he watched the preacher talk to the man who brought him home for about 15 minutes. When Ernest Smith finally exited the car, Terry Everette shot him in the chest twice, court records show.


The murders were all masterminded by Emma Raine, prosecutors believe. Good old-fashioned greed made Emma Raine take out insurance policies on her husbands before she killed them.


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Today, Emma Raine and Alfred “Terry” Everette are serving life without parole. They were only convicted of Ernest Smith’s murder. The black widow’s fourth husband, John Golson, stood by her through her court proceedings and offered to pay her legal bills, the San Diego Tribune reported.


Fatal Attraction strings the pieces of this murder mystery together tonight at 9/8 p.m. Central on TV One.


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Traciy Curry-Reyes

Traciy Curry-Reyes is the founder and editor-in-chief of TV Crime Sky. She began her career as a true crime & entertainment freelance writer in the 1990's for her website, The Movies Based on True Stories Database/Archives. She has contributed content to other websites, such as Examiner.com and Inquisitr.com. Traciy also appears as a true-crime expert and commentator on TV One's Fatal Attraction, For My Man, and Justice by Any Means; Investigation Discovery's Murder Calls and Scorned; Oxygen's Snapped; FOX's Crime Watch Daily; and Lifetime Television's Killer Kids.