- The publisher and family have expressed strong doubts that Mark Minnie could have taken his own life.
- Police have suggested that the owner of the gun that was found next to the body of Mark Minnie could be charged.
-The gun shot wound to the head seems to be a continuing trend of deaths that have mysteriously surrounded the alleged "apartheid-era paedophile ring" claims
58 year old co-author of controversial The Lost Boys of Bird Island book Mark Minnie was found dead in Port Elizabeth with a gunshot wound to the head. His death seems to be an apparent suicide and an inquest has been opened. Family, friends and a spokesperson for the publishers do not believe that Minnie could have taken his own life.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Mark Minnie and his co-author had been living in fear. Despite the fact that a suicide note was found next to the body, friends believe that Minnie could have written it under duress. What further deepens the mystery is that the gun used in the shooting did not belong to Minnie and police have moved in to say the owner could face charges. IOL reported, just days before Minnie's death, both he and Chris Steyn (co-author) alluded to their safety being in question.
Police say no foul play is suspected but family and friends are shocked that the death was so sudden. According to those close to Minnie he had further evidence. This included photographic evidence and he was afraid to publish it. The book touched on alleged pedophile acts by some senior officials in the apartheid era government and suspicion lurks that Mark Minnie's death may have been an attempt to silence him.
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