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Esmeralda (Esme) Vontif - 28
Having grown up on the busy, tainted streets of New Orleans, Esme learned at an early age to fend for herself, to press into places she wasn't allowed and to feel a sense of personal acceptance and awareness no matter the situation or circumstance. She was raised with seven brothers in a poverty stricken family, but one that was known in the community as "gifted" as well as a last resort in time of need. She and her brothers started to pull their resources together in their mid-teen years and by the time she was in her early twenties, they'd manage to buy most of the french quarter mom and pop shops, her mother having a few of her own sprinkled here and there.
Knowing that it would be imperative to gain power in her rise to the top of life, she began to financially assist the varying shelters and orphanages in the center of the city, gaining the attention of the city council and being invited to sit on its seat of power. Having accomplished most of what she set out to do, her secret remaining carefully hidden from those that might use it against her, she began to relax and that's when the murders began - some part of her tied to each of them.
She was questioned and investigated, but the police could come up with nothing substantial that might hold up in a court of law. The city council pushed the case away from her and she played the part of the innocent as she truly believed she was, but at the core of the truth was uncertainty. Blacking out from time to time had been perfectly concurrent with the murders and where blood never appeared on her hands, it showed up occasionally under her perfectly painted nails.