By Philip Weiss
In 1975, a brand new team of Peace Corps volunteers landed at the island state of Tonga. between them was once Deborah Gardner -- a gorgeous twenty-three-year-old who, within the following yr, will be stabbed twenty-two instances and left for lifeless inside of her hut. one other volunteer became himself in to the Tongan police, and plenty of of the opposite american citizens have been definite he had devoted the crime. yet simply by the nation division, he back domestic a unfastened guy. even though the tale used to be stored quiet within the usa, Deb Gardner's loss of life and the outlandish aftermath took on mythical proportions in Tonga. Now journalist Philip Weiss "shines sunlight at the evidence of this gruesome case with the fervor of an avenging angel" (Chicago Tribune), exposing a gripping story of affection, violence, and clashing beliefs. With bravura reporting and brilliant, novelistic prose, Weiss transforms a Polynesian legend right into a singular artifact of yankee background and a profoundly relocating human tale.
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I’m not going to pretend to be married to anyone—” Vic broke in on her. “This isn’t the road—” They had gone right down a bush road toward the airport rather than left toward Mu‘a, and that was enough for Vic, his hand went into his backpack and A M E R I C A N TA B O O 27 he told Deb that when the car stopped, she should run. He tilted over the front seat and held the tip of his bowie knife against the driver’s neck. “You want her you gotta go through me, now stop the fucking car—” The car slid on coral stopping, and Deb ran out, but Vic took his time.
There is at least one gaping hole in the bathroom wall as well as numerous smaller ones. The outside appears to have been painted at some time in its existence—” The government said it would look for another house. So Deb stayed on at Sela’s guest house along with a few other volunteers and bought a black one-speed bicycle for $100. Vic came by and they tried not to spend the night together for reasons of reputation, though sometimes they broke down. He taped a picture of Bogart to her wall and turned on a tape his parents had made by leaning a tape recorder up against the television set and in this way they “watched” Chain Lightning together.
Deselected for choosing a relative’s wedding over a day of training. ” and was deselected. And always gone before breakfast, so as not to sow dissension. But what did that nicety matter? Deselection damaged morale. Volunteers never forgot the great people they never saw again for some arbitrary reason or another—that kid with the agricultural degree and bright blue eyes who was thought to have too much missionary zeal—and they held contests to see who would spend the least time with the psychiatrist.
American Taboo: A Murder in the Peace Corps (P.S.) by Philip Weiss