Murder within Peace Corps!

Peace Corps Online: Directory: Tonga: Special Report: 'American Taboo: A Murder in the Peace Corps': July 20, 2004: Headlines: COS - Tonga: Speaking Out: Criticism: Crime: Murder: Salon: RPCV Bob Shacochis says Peace Corps is "sacred cow" : Murder within Peace Corps!

By Carmen Bailey ( - on Friday, December 24, 2004 - 11:06 am: Edit Post

How did Loretta Ruppe via Peace Corps Agency know
that Philip Weiss planned on going to Connecticut to interview The Cyrs Family?

By Robert H. Forbes Jr. ( - on Thursday, July 07, 2005 - 12:38 pm: Edit Post

Carmen - I had missed your above post from last Christmas Eve until now, but in answer to your question, it was Bob Shacochis (who wrote the "sacred cow" review of American Taboo) and not American Taboo author Philip Weiss, who was attempting to interview the Cyr family in 1983 when Loret Miller Ruppe happened to call the Cyr residence (while Shacochis was sitting there, no less) to advise them not to talk. The reason she knew to keep an eye on Bob Shacochis in the early 80's was because he had made an open pitch to several periodicals, including Playboy, to write a story about crime coverup by the Peace Corps. Despite the PC's stonewalling efforts, he finished such a story, then he found that no major magazine editor was willing to print it; hence, the "PC is a sacred cow" allegation, to which I agree. For the same reasons, I think Philip Weiss would have had a more difficult time researching American Taboo before he finally got around to it in the late 1990's. Weiss was able to write a more complete story about the murder because of the passage of time, not in spite of it.. but he was not too late to find most of the story's major characters. In other words, his timing was about right. The recent re-run of 48 Hours and the paperback's coming out have resumed some public dialogue about this case, and I hope it continues.

By randy ( - on Monday, December 18, 2006 - 9:07 am: Edit Post

was the guy who killed her ever persicuted?

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