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Gringo Nightmare

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Eric Volz talks about being arrested, imprisoned, and wrongly accused of murder in Nicaragua. He tells the story in Gringo Nightmare: A Young American Framed for Murder in Nicaragua.

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Eric Volz

Comments [15]

clint from Tampa Bay

You bunch of hypocritical bums. This type of thing happens all the time... IN THE UNITED FREAKIN' STATES! This kid isn't the only person to ever be railroaded, you know? How many innocents get exonnerrated(sp) yearly in the u.s? My guesstimation is more than a few. Traveling and especially living abroad can be a roll of the dice, but keep in mind, innocents get locked up, framed, etc; here in the good 'ol U.S. of A. more often than not. Now if him and his "el puente" periodical printed material that didnt sit right with the powers that be, i can better understand why this happened. My opinion, if i'm living/visiting a foreign country, i am gonna follow the sheep to the "t" and mind my damn business. Had Volz of fallen in line, some of this may have never happened? Who knows. Point is, if they want you bad enough,regardless the country, they'll get ya!

Jul. 10 2010 05:51 PM
Steve Mumford from NYC

I agree with Tiffany - how about suspending judgement instead of jumping into private fantasies about Gringo imperialism? Sheesh - give the guy a break until you at least read his book!

His point about the Nicaraguans feeling divided about the legacies of the Sandanistas is well taken. That's the kind of thing you get from living in a country rather than just idealizing/demonizing it from afar.

Apr. 28 2010 12:28 AM
Tiffani from California

Wow, I'm always amazed what part of the story listners latch on to. Eric was working and living in a foreign country as many Americans do. He wasn't down there as a womanizer. He was running a successful business. This story just brings to light what could happen to any American, while traveling and working in a foreign country. I would hope that people would have more empathy for someone who was imprisoned and tortured. Yes, there are always inconsistencies in a story, depending on who's telling it. My opinion is that he is trying to end this episode with justice. He consistently said Nicaragua has cultural differences. I didn't hear him bashing anybody. I'm sorry for his experience, and hope that he is able to recover fully, and live his life creating better memories.

Apr. 27 2010 10:09 PM
David from Boston

Lenny,

I found your lack of empathy for this young man's painful experiences very disappointing.

Apr. 27 2010 08:08 PM
Enrique from Elizabeth, NJ

I think this guy's real name is Oliver North...
Is it just me?

Like Carlin said: "if fire fighters fight fire...; what do the freedom fighters... uh?"

This guy is full of it...

Apr. 27 2010 01:07 PM
Marta from Brooklyn Heights

Gringo is an apt moniker for this ugly American jingo who too often fancies himself cutting a 'romantic' swath down the Latin American coast. You disgust me.

Apr. 27 2010 12:54 PM
J.C. Calderon, AIA, LEED AO from Manhattan

Leonard,

As a former WBAI producer also and great fan of your work, I am greatly disturbed by your willingness to give this guy time to promote his book. Did you see the MSNBC report on this murder? It is far from clear that he is innocent.

As others have noted, something is not right with his account. There were many inconsistencies in the case that you did not discuss.

Apr. 27 2010 12:54 PM
Allister White from Manhattan

"Seriously, only very desperate men go to Central/South America to meet women. Pathetic. Do these desperate men really think the women they'll meet will want them for love??? It's laughable, unless they already have U.S. citizenship. Then maybe..."

Eight of my American friends moved there to raise families and live a more free life. Perhaps you should be more open minded.

Apr. 27 2010 12:37 PM
Hugh Sansom from Brooklyn NY

Eric Volz is too young to remember, but in the Reagan years the United States repeatedly violated international and US law by carrying on a covert war against the government of Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua. The US committed serious crimes against the Nicaraguan people and supported right wing terrorists who crossed the border from Honduras into Nicaragua.

This should not be ignored in establishing an understanding of Mr. Volz.

We might also ask about the US conducting show trials and imprisoning Arabs and Muslims today. As the Lopate Show airs, Fahad Hashmi faces trial in Manhattan for the awful crime of possibly, indirectly providing SOCKS to al Qaeda.

Apr. 27 2010 12:34 PM
kay

yeah. i more and more call bullshit on this guy.

Apr. 27 2010 12:29 PM
Chris from Brooklyn, NY

Seriously, only very desperate men go to Central/South America to meet women. Pathetic. Do these desperate men really think the women they'll meet will want them for love??? It's laughable, unless they already have U.S. citizenship. Then maybe...

Apr. 27 2010 12:28 PM
Kate Perry from Brooklyn

I have friends of friends who bought a large amount of beachfront property in Nicaragua at the height of bubbledom. They made some hefty leverages to do this
and I wonder now with this new government how Americans owning property will be treated.

Apr. 27 2010 12:24 PM
kay

i think it's terrible that mr. volz was imprisoned for something he didn't do, but his attitude towards nicaragua history and culture is appalling and bizarrely imperialistic. leonard, i hope you call him out on this.

Apr. 27 2010 12:22 PM
daniel from williamsburg

I'm sorry to say but Eric Volz sounds like a sleazy opportunist; something is not quite right with his story. Writing his book ("journal") while in jail, etc.?

Apr. 27 2010 12:18 PM
Allister White from Manhattan

I travel very often to Central and South America. At least 10 friends of mine have gone there to hike and of course, meet women. The rewards are great however, this story is another reason why American men should be very careful about who they associate with.

Apr. 27 2010 12:17 PM

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