Eight Years After Katrina: St. Rita's Owners 'Still Feel the Stigma'

"Virtually everyone remembers the event - the horrible tragedy," Cobb said. "But when I ask them, do you remember how it turned out, 80 to 90 percent don't remember the result.... People had already made up their minds about guilt and innocence."

Since their acquittal, Cobb said the Manganos continue to struggle in southeast Louisiana. They had to rebuild their home; sue their insurance company, which refused to pay for roof damage; and endure another trial, this one for their insurance claim, Cobb said.

The Manganos too hope the book educates the public on a tragedy they say they also were victims of.

"I hope time heals that wound given to us by a media which told false stories about us," Mabel Mangano said. "As for the future, we take care of our kids and grandkids and try to move on. I hope people learn just how much we loved our residents and cared for them."

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