This year was the one in which "Swamp People" became a household name, but also a year in which the show suffered some loss and some disappointment.  It was also the year when the saga Mickey Shunick gripped us.  But it was also the year Joshua Ledet lit up our hearts and TV screens with his amazing talent -- 2012 was a dynamic year, for sure.

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15. July 2012: Mickey Shunick NOT Found as Possible Grave Sites Near Brandon Scott Lavergne’s Property Turn Up Nothing – July 12, 2012

Back in July, the search for UL student Mickey Shunick was still in full swing, and there were several false alarms.  The media was following investigators' every move, and even though they were closing in on new information, it was frustrating to see them come up empty-handed.


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14. Breaking News: Vinton, Louisiana’s Willie Hantz From Big Brother Arrested Last Night In Lafayette – July 26, 2012

It was a rough year for reality TV stars, not the least of which was Big Brother's Willie Hantz who got arrested after a good ol' bar brawl.


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13. Alabama Fan Who Assaulted LSU Fan Indicted! [VIDEO] – May 17, 2012

Sexually assaulting a passed-out person in a fast-food restaurant is a bad life choice.  It's especially bad in an age of camera phones.  Someone's gonna tape that mess, son.  Better off to keep yourself zipped up.  Even though the incident occurred the night of national championship, the indictment didn't come down until May.


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12. Joshua Ledet’s First CD Released -- July 7, 2012

We're still waiting for Josh Ledet's first full-length CD, but in the meantime, we can make do with this EP that "American Idol" released of the studio recordings from the show performances.


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11. UPDATE: Lafayette Police Say Brandon Scott Lavergne Thought to Be Mickey Shunick’s Killer, Was ‘Looking for Someone to Victimize’ – July 6, 2012

The image is a chilling one -- a killer on the hunt for his next victim.  And yet, that's exactly what happened with Brandon Scott Lavergne in the murder of Mickey Shunick.  This was our first inkling of just how depraved this story would turn out to be.


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10. Breaking News: “Swamp People” Star Dies [VIDEO] – May 14, 2012

The death of Mitchell Guist was just one of a few blows the show "Swamp People took during 2012.  The official cause of death was "natural causes" after Mitchell died at the age of 47.


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9. UPDATED: “Swamp People” Star Trapper Joe Lafonte Arrested For Domestic Violence – June 20, 2012

And just after "Swamp People" fans finished laying Mitchell Guist to rest, the news broke that Trapper Joe beat up his girlfriend in Florida.  Which was news to his wife.  Yikes.


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8. “Swamp People” Season 3 Premieres February 9th [VIDEO] – Jan. 12, 2012

Season 3 was "Swamp People's" biggest yet, and once the word came down the show was returning, people wanted to know as much as they could find.


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7. Ready to ‘Choot Em’? How Much Does a Gator Hunter Really Make? [VIDEO] – Aug. 18, 2011

Gator hunting sounds cool ... it looks cool ... but does it pay worth a darn?  Mike Soileau breaks it down for you.


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6. Facebook Explodes with LSU vs. Alabama Funny Pics! – Dec. 5, 2011

The first of many posts we did with LSU vs. Alabama pics from Facebook.  Finally, Facebook has reached its true potential.


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5. UPDATE: Brandon Scott Lavergne Pleads Guilty in Mickey Shunick and Lisa Pate Murders, Tells How He Did It – Aug. 17, 2012

In what turned out to be the final chapter of the harrowing saga of Mickey Shunick, we learned how she fought like a lion to stay alive.  And we learned the depths of evil within the soul of Brandon Scott Lavergne.


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4. LSU vs. Alabama Funny Facebook Pictures — Your Top 7 [PHOTOS] – Jan. 6, 2012

It was so much fun, we did it again.


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3. Alabama Fan Abuses Passed Out LSU Fan [VIDEO] – Jan. 17, 2012

It was THE video from the first part of 2012 -- the "I can't believe what I'm watching" moment when Brian Downing sexually assaulted an LSU fan that had passed out at a Krystal Burger.


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2. Breaking News: Joshua Ledet Facebooks That He “Just Signed Huge Deal!” – May 18, 2012

It was only up for a moment -- a Facebook post from Joshua Ledet that confirmed what we all knew would happen.  Josh told us he'd signed a great deal.  Then, just as suddenly, he pulled the post down, and we've heard nothing from him since.  We're dying to hear more, Josh!


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1. “Swamp People” Show Now Casting For Season 4 – July 17, 2012

Face it -- it's the show everyone wants to be on.  And these guys come poking around South Louisiana several times a year trying to cast the show.  Who knows?  Maybe you'll see someone you know when Season 4 kicks off.