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Why “Where the Crawdads Sing” Author Delia Owens Is Wanted For Questioning in Africa Murder Case

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Delia Owens has enjoyed huge success as the author of “Where the Crawdads Sing,” the hit book now a movie starring Daisy Edgar-Jones. However, all the new attention on the film has brought a complex and shocking story from Delia’s past back into focus. Years ago, Delia left Zambia, Africa, after being forced into a murder investigation. She is still wanted by the Zambian government for questioning.

Before becoming best-selling authors, Delia and her husband, Mark Owens, were zoologists and conservationists based in Africa, initially in Botswana before moving to Zambia. While there, the couple joined the effort to stop elephant poachers. Mark, according to an article published in The Atlantic in July, had “gradually commanded a game reconnaissance mission in North Luangwa, outside of Zambian government surveillance, by buying their loyalty through by providing weapons, boots, and money. This couple essentially “militarized the 2,400-square-mile park,” writes Jeffrey Goldberg. They were eventually joined in the country by Mark’s son from his first marriage, Christopher. Owens, who became part of the fight against poachers.

Their final time in Africa began when Owenses wrote about their conservation work in his 1992 memoir, “Elephant’s Eye,” which led to a trailer in the 1996 episode of the documentary. whether ABC News “The Turning Point”. The episode ends with a clip of a man, believed to be a poacher but also referred to in the episode script as a trespasser, being executed on a computer by an unknown attacker. turn.

Shortly after the episode was filmed, Owenses left Zambia. The documentary triggered an ongoing police investigation into the family’s activities, and the victim’s body was never found. In 2010, Goldberg published an investigative article in The New Yorker called “The Hunted” about the murder.

Goldberg’s investigation found that the Owens family’s actions toward poachers were often aggressive and even violent, which Owenses denied.

Today, Mark, Delia and Christopher are still wanted in Zambia. “There is no statute of limitations for murder in Zambia,” Lillian Shawa-Siyuni, Zambia’s chief prosecutor, told Goldberg, according to The Atlantic. In his 2010 article, Goldberg said Delia told him the family “knew nothing about” the murder. “The only thing Mark ever did was throw firecrackers out of his plane, but only to scare poachers and not hurt anyone.” Also, Delia said, “Chris wasn’t there. We don’t even know where that event took place. It’s horrible, someone was shot like that.” Again in 2019, she denied any involvement with the New York Times. According to The Atlantic, Mark and Christopher’s attorneys had previously denied their involvement. POPSUGAR did not independently contact Mark and Christopher for comment.

Readers of “Where the Crawdads Sing” pointed out some similarities between the book and the details of the murder case. “Where the Crawdads Sing” is about Kya Clark, a girl who grew up alone on the wild coast of North Carolina. She is eventually involved in a murder investigation when one of her lovers is found dead. Finally (spoiler alert!), the truth is revealed: Kya committed the murder. Her actions are described in the novel as worthy of the circumstances, and she escaped punishment for this crime.

There are other echoes of Delia’s past in “Where the Crawdads Sing.” A character in the story, named Sunday Justice, shares the same name as a man who worked as a cook for Owenses in Africa. True justice is also mentioned in Owenses’ memoir “The Eye of the Elephant”. In the memoir, however, Justice’s speech is likened to a child’s, and he seems surprised to be traveling on Owenses’ plane. The real-life Justice countered his description and told Goldberg that he had flown on planes as a child and had been in the Zambian Air Force.

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING, Daisy Edgar-Jones, 2022. ph: Michele K. Short / Sony Pictures Entertainment / Courtesy Everett Collection

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All of this forms a web of contradictory details connecting Delia’s real life and her writing, adding complexity to the story of “Where the Crawdads Sing”. These details can be interpreted in many different ways, but one thing is clear: this story is much more than just seeing.

Delia, who has yet to publicly address the similarities between the murder controversy and the book, has admitted herself to the larger context of her work. “Almost every part of the book has some deeper meaning,” the author said in a 2019 interview with Amazon. “There are a lot of symbols in this book.”

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Teja
Teja
I am passionate about journalism and using new technology to spread news. I am also interested in politics and economics, and I am always looking for ways to make a difference in the world. I am the CEO of Janaseva News, and I am 24 years old.

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