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Legendary Born Free author shot at me, says her killer
The Hindustan Times ^ | 2/9/04 | Vijay Dutt

Posted on 02/09/2004 2:22:16 PM PST by mylife

Legendary Born Free author shot at me, says her killer

Vijay Dutt London, February 8

In an extraordinary prison cell interview, the first since being jailed 22 years ago for killing Joy Adamson, the naturalist and author of the bestseller Born Free, Paul Nakware Ekai, claimed that Joy was a "very hot-tempered" boss and that he killed her after she shot him for complaining about not being paid.

Austrian-born Joy had made the world aware of the plight of Africa's tigers and her book was made into a hugely successful blockbuster movie. The world was saddened and shocked to hear of her death.

Ekai had confessed, before his trial, that he stabbed Joy because she had not paid him for 14 days' work as a labourer at Shaba game reserve in Kenya. But in the interview carried by The Observer he has claimed that he shot her after she shot him in the leg.

Ekai, whose case is to be reviewed for parole in April, said, "When she (Joy) blew her top she would draw a pistol. Sometimes she shot some of her workers."

"She would shoot people who annoyed her and then pay for their treatment. After that, she would pay to hush up the matter," he added.

Ekai has now claimed he was shot in the left foot and reacted by rushing to his tent to get a gun. "My leg was bleeding. I was very angry and shocked that she had shot me? I took my pistol and fired three times at her."

"I aimed at her chest. I realised that, since I had a gun in my hand, if I hesitated she was going to finish me off. She screamed after the fist shot. I think she said something but I cannot recall," he added.

In 1981, at the trial Ekai had repudiated his confession claiming he was tortured by the police. But the judge ruled that his original statements were truthful and made voluntarily. Ekai was not hanged because he was juvenile when he killed Joy in January 1980.

Ekai has told the newspaper, "My case was not an ordinary matter. It was not handled by junior police officers. It was me, an 18-year-old boy, against the whole system. President (former) Moi publicly told the police to arrest the criminal who had killed Joy."

He has repeated his earlier claim that he was tortured. "They beat me up with whips and clubs to force me to admit I killed her. You see this hand? It was almost crippled. The scars are still there."

Other conservationists have conceded that Joy "could be highly strung" but have doubted Ekai's claims that she shot at her employees. Peres Olindo, a former director of Kenya's national park is quoted saying, "Joy was a very strong, opinionated person. But, I can't believe she shot people and paid them off and got away with it. Why did not Ekai report?"

But Ekai claimed in an interview with the East African Standard that he knew of one man who was shot in the left shoulder and another was wounded in the buttocks. He alleged Joy paid them to keep quiet.

The Observer report points out that Ekai's account of running to his tent for a gun clashes with the so far accepted account that Joy was killed while taking an evening stroll several hundred yard from the camp, suggesting that she was ambushed.

Ekai however said in the interview that he was now rehabilitated and he sang in the choir at King'ong'o prison and had become a Catholic. " I have sought God's forgiveness. I pray every day. It is not easy, as Joy Adamson will haunt me until the day I die."


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: joyadamson; kenya
Just plain Bizarre
1 posted on 02/09/2004 2:22:20 PM PST by mylife
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To: mylife
I believe the guy,let him go.
2 posted on 02/09/2004 2:29:21 PM PST by Redcoat LI ("If you're going to shoot,shoot,don't talk" Tuco BenedictoPacifico Juan Maria Ramirez)
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To: mylife
>>>Just plain Bizarre

Especially the part about the "African tigers"....LOL

-Toonces
3 posted on 02/09/2004 2:30:22 PM PST by Toonces T. Cat (The Token Republican in Deep South Texas...)
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To: Redcoat LI
If he was shot in the left foot as he claims, how could he have run into his tent? His story stinks.
4 posted on 02/09/2004 2:31:53 PM PST by Post Toasties
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To: Toonces T. Cat
I hadnt even noticed the tiger remark, Huh, I guess indians have tiger on the brain
5 posted on 02/09/2004 2:33:23 PM PST by mylife
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To: mylife
Thee conservation types aren't known for their love of fellow human beings. Oh well...
6 posted on 02/09/2004 2:44:46 PM PST by cyborg
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To: mylife; Lazamataz
"She would shoot people who annoyed her and then pay for their treatment. After that, she would pay to hush up the matter," he added.

Laz, a woman after your own heart. Well maybe not the payment part.
7 posted on 02/09/2004 2:47:48 PM PST by lelio
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To: mylife
Austrian-born Joy had made the world aware of the plight of Africa's tigers...

Maybe that's supposed to say "LIONS"? Last I heard, tigers were native to Asia.

8 posted on 02/09/2004 2:48:24 PM PST by JimRed (Disinformation is the leftist's and enemy's friend; consider the source before believing.)
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To: mylife
Joy Adamson sounds a lot like Dian "Gorillas In The Mist" Fossey. A very rough customer too, until someone split her head open with a machete.
9 posted on 02/09/2004 2:53:11 PM PST by Middle Man
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Lions, not tigers. Get your story straight.
10 posted on 02/09/2004 3:13:18 PM PST by BadAndy (GWB, All compassion, no conservative)
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To: BadAndy
hey I just posted it, I didnt write it or say it
11 posted on 02/09/2004 3:15:08 PM PST by mylife
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To: mylife
Shot in the foot? There should be some scarring at least, not to mention broken bones that healed but would show on x-ray.
12 posted on 02/09/2004 3:15:19 PM PST by Tamzee (EARTH FIRST!!! We'll stripmine the other planets later...)
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To: mylife
Austrian-born Joy had made the world aware of the plight of Africa's tigers

Tigers? Tigers? After that why on earth should I believe anything in this article?

13 posted on 02/09/2004 3:19:07 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (Don't heat distilled water in the microwave. This has been a public service announcement)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

Elsa the lion

14 posted on 02/09/2004 3:27:00 PM PST by mylife
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I found this one in the Scotsman

Born Free author was 'a trigger-happy tyrant'

CRAIG BROWN


THE killer of the naturalist Joy Adamson has alleged that she was a trigger-happy tyrant and that he had gunned her down after she had shot him.

Paul Nakware Ekai, who was jailed for the murder of the author of Born Free while working on the Shaba game reserve in Kenya has spoken out in his first interview since his trial.

Speaking to an African newspaper, he claimed that Adamson, who highlighted the plight of Africa’s big cats throughout the world, was a "hot-tempered boss". He had killed her in 1980 after she shot him for complaining about not being paid.

"When she blew her top she would draw a pistol. Sometimes she shot her workers. She would shoot people who annoyed her, then pay for their treatment. After that she would pay to hush up the matter."

Ekai also argued that Adamson’s autopsy report was wrong in concluding that the 69-year-old - who initially was thought to have been mauled by a lion - had been stabbed to death.

He said: "On the day she died we had a bad quarrel. I had disobeyed her... she instructed we were to fetch firewood and carry it on our shoulders. [But] I used her Toyota Landcruiser."

He alleged that, for this infraction, Adamson shot him in his left foot, prompting him to fetch a gun from his tent.

"My leg was bleeding badly. I was very angry and shocked that she had shot me… I took my pistol and fired it three times at her.

"I aimed for her chest. I realised that, since I had a gun in my hand, if I hesitated she was going to finish me off. She screamed after the first shot. I think she said something, but I can’t recall."

In the wake of the killing, Ekai confessed to murder but during his trial in 1981 he claimed that this had been obtained by the police through torture.

However, the judge, Matthew Kuli, ruled that his statements had been made voluntarily.
15 posted on 02/09/2004 3:29:20 PM PST by mylife
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To: mylife
Austrian-born Joy had made the world aware of the plight of Africa's tigers

I recall the book being about lions, not tigers.

Ekai had confessed, before his trial, that he stabbed Joy ....I took my pistol and fired three times at her.

Which was it - a cuttin' or a shootin'.

Ekai has now claimed he was shot in the left foot and reacted by rushing to his tent to get a gun. "My leg was bleeding.

He can't even get his story straight - shot in the foot, but bleeding from the leg?

16 posted on 02/09/2004 4:06:52 PM PST by PAR35
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To: mylife
"She would shoot people who annoyed her and then pay for their treatment. After that, she would pay to hush up the matter," he added.

What a load. Why aren't these people coming forward now that she's dead?
17 posted on 02/09/2004 4:17:44 PM PST by Stone Mountain
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To: Post Toasties
Post Toasties:   "If he was shot in the left foot as he claims, how could he have run into his tent? His story stinks."

Until you've been shot, it may seem that way, but I can tell you from personal experience that being shot in the foot will not necessarily prevent you from walking or even running. Factors that might lead to incapacitation would be the caliber of the weapon, where in the foot you were hit, and your motivation to move. But in my case, I traveled about five miles on it without aid or undue discomfort.

--Boot Hill

18 posted on 02/09/2004 4:21:28 PM PST by Boot Hill
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To: Boot Hill
bump
19 posted on 02/09/2004 7:33:09 PM PST by mylife
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