Gringo Nightmare: A Young American Framed for Murder in Nicaragua

By Eric Volz

In the spirit of Midnight Express and Not with no My Daughter comes the harrowing real tale of an American held in a Nicaraguan legal for a homicide he didn’t commit.


Eric Volz used to be in his past due twenties in 2005 whilst he moved from California to Nicaragua.  He and a chum cofounded a bilingual journal, El Puente, and it proved extra winning than they ever anticipated. Then Volz met Doris Jiménez, an incomparable attractiveness from a small Nicaraguan seashore city, and so they started a passionate and significant dating. although the connection ended amicably lower than a yr later and Volz moved his company to the capital urban of Managua, a detailed bond among the 2 endured.

Nothing ready him for the telephone name he obtained on November 21, 2006, while he discovered that Doris were discovered dead---murdered---in her beach garments boutique. He rushed from Managua to be along with her family and friends, and prior to he knew it, he discovered himself accused of her homicide, arrested, and imprisoned.

Decried within the press and vilified via his onetime acquaintances, Volz suffered terrible stipulations, sickness, lethal inmates, an offended lynch mob, sadistic guards, and the cruel remedy of presidency officers. It was once in simple terms via his dogged endurance, the tireless help of his family and friends, and the help of a former intelligence operative that Eric used to be published, in December 2007, after greater than a yr in prison.

A tale that made nationwide and overseas headlines, this can be the 1st and basically e-book to inform Eric’s soaking up, relocating account in his personal words.


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I pulled the hood of the sweatshirt up over my head to create a feeling of privateness by myself with Doris. I keep in mind that I advised her i used to be sorry. Sorry for marginalizing her for my journal and for being a egocentric boy-man rather than the guy that she deserved. i spotted that everybody round me began crying, too, as though my wasting it in that method was once a sign or a set off of a few style. nonetheless, no one got here close to. They knew it was once my time they usually revered that. Even outdoors the home, humans have been huddled jointly opposed to the chilly and the disappointment, them all sobbing. I walked away via this crowd, feeling absolutely remoted and on my own. At round nighttime, the police confirmed up and introduced that they wanted Doris’s physique. They have been taking it to Managua for an post-mortem. Doris’s mom reacted by means of throwing a healthy, refusing to allow them to take her daughter away. She stated whatever approximately letting her daughter’s physique be at peace and never cutting her up. She fought loudly with the police, yet they prevailed and left with the physique. not anyone pointed out the most obvious problem—that greater than an afternoon had handed for the reason that Doris were discovered lifeless, in which time her physique were dealt with, moved, wiped clean, or even embalmed. may well a forensic exam below these conditions be invaluable? I awakened Thursday morning, the day of Doris’s funeral, feeling wasted, however the day had a number of extra twists in shop. Austin approached me with anything severe on his brain. He jogged my memory that I had instructed him past that 12 months in regards to the venomous e-mails that Doris and that i had acquired, and he informed me that morning that he knew who wrote them. the inside track used to be stunning in a manner, yet whilst by no means incredible. I requested Austin if he may choose me to the police approximately this, and he speedy agreed. I then known as Uriarte instant to permit him comprehend we’d be coming via to determine him after the funeral. I be mindful the funeral mass as being even more uncooked emotionally or even in a much more unorganized than I anticipated. every now and then, the scene jogged my memory of the vela on the residence the evening sooner than, with humans wailing and weeping loudly and brazenly. The carrier itself was once regularly subdued. just one of the 2 those who took the priest up on his provide to proportion anything own at the mic made an announcement that i discovered memorable or major. the fellow who spoke have been a professor of Doris’s, one that many of the scholars regarded as much as as cooler or hipper than different lecturers. He stood up within the church and spoke harshly concerning the wave of improvement that used to be washing away the peaceable and sleepy previous San Juan del Sur that individuals nonetheless remembered. He wasn’t speaking approximately me particularly, and that i didn’t even disagree with every little thing he was once announcing, yet there has been anything chilling approximately his speak, anything that left every body feeling like a bad factor like this could by no means, may possibly by no means, have occurred of their quiet outdated village sooner than the gringos got here down and adjusted where. It took me many years to wake up the nerve to face up and communicate. I had simply gotten up and was once making my approach towards front of the church whilst the priest concluded the rite.

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