In her memoir Elizabeth Spencer wrote, "If I could have one part of the world back the way it used to be . . . I want the Mississippi Gulf Coast back as it was before Hurricane Camille, that wretched killer which struck in August 1969."
No one on the Mississippi Gulf thought they'd ever see worse than Camille. It "destroyed 100 years of growth in progress in just three hours," writes the Jackson Clarion-Ledger. But Katrina wouldn't settle for second place. She destroyed Jefferson Davis' home, which had stood since 1854. She gutted historic districts from Mobile to New Orleans. As far inland as Jackson, she tore the roof off of the state Department of Archives and History, damaging the building and valuable artifacts.
She even left her calling card on the black granite memorial to Camille.