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The Khmer Rouge and Foxy Lady

The trial of four high-level Khmer Rouge leaders underway in Cambodia  might cast light on the murder of the only Canadian to die at the hands of the genocidal rulers back in the late 1970s.

Dave Kattenburg wrote in the Toronto Star:

"Richmond B.C. native Stuart Robert Glass died in August 1978, at the age of 27, while sailing a little yacht (Foxy Lady) off the coast of Democratic Kampuchea -- as Cambodia was called under the ultra-Maoist Khmer Rouge.

Glass's bullet-riddled body was abandoned. His mates, a New Zealander and an Englishman, were trucked off to a Phnom Penh death house, codenamed S-21, tortured into declaring they were CIA agents, and finally killed. Four Americans and two Australians suffered the same fate. One of them may have been burned alive...

One of the accused now on trial is Khmer Rouge ideologue and internal security chief Nuon Chea, called Brother Number Two. He was the one who ordered S-21's captive yachtsmen killed and their bodies burned, Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch, testified at his 2009 trial."

Kattenburg, a frequent Dispatches contributor, is also authour of Foxy Lady: Truth, Memory & The Death Of Western Yachtsmen In Democratic Kampuchea.  

He read several passages for Dispatches.

  Dave's first visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.

Looking for signs, at a later visit   (click below for more of his account, and link)

 

Dave writes of his book: 

 It's an investigative journalist's account of one of the Twentieth Century's most intriguing and hitherto unexplored footnotes: the murder of four Americans, two Aussies, a New Zealander, Englishman and Canadian by Cambodia's Khmer Rouge.

B.C.'s Stuart Glass was the KR's only Canadian victim. Against the backdrop of Stu's adventure travels and untimely death (he was the lucky one ... spared the horrors of S-21 by getting shot on the little yacht), Foxy Lady also recounts the rise and fall of Democratic Kampuchea and its internal security apparatus.

Foxy Lady tells a timely story. Democratic Kampuchea's four surviving chiefs -- Khieu Samphan, Ieng Sary, Ieng Thirith and "Brother Number Two" Nuon Chea -- have just been indicted on a variety of grave charges. Nuon was the one who ordered the last of S-21's "Western" victims to be killed and their bodies incinerated. Foxy Lady is the first book to be published on the horrors of S-21, following the trial and conviction of S-21 Chairman Kaing Guek Eav (Duch). A sea of details here, never before synthesized in book form.

Check out www.foxyladyachtsmen.com.

 
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