What has been done?

Peace Corps Online: Directory: Tonga: Special Report: 'American Taboo: A Murder in the Peace Corps': What has been done?

By T.Vuatalevu (c-24-18-14-207.hsd1.mn.comcast.net - on Sunday, April 29, 2007 - 2:34 am: Edit Post

Has anything been done for this girl to get that cold blooded murder put away.

By Tonga RPCV ( on Wednesday, May 09, 2007 - 12:40 pm: Edit Post

In response to your question, here's my take: There will be no American justice for Dennis Priven because a US Attorney has determined that the case cannot be re-tried due to complex legal loopholes relating to the fact he has been tried in an official court of law and found not guilty due to insanity.

The Peace Corps has stated its regrets about the tragedy, but has offered no official apologies to the Gardner family to my knowledge... perhaps due to concerns about the financial implications (payment of civil damages, etc). If so, that is regretful, for the Gardner family has no interest in reaping any financial benefits from Deb's death so many years ago.

Because Philip Weiss took the initiative to document the story in "American Taboo," which continues to be widely read, Mr. Priven is a marked man and will live out the rest of his days in relative seclusion -- a prison of his own making.

That is the end of the story as far as I know.

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