BEAUTY … WEALTH … AND A DEAD BRIDE (THE SHRIEN DEWANI CASE) …

In 2012 I wrote an article for crimemagazine dot com about the murder of the honeymooning bride Annie Dewani in Cape Town, South Africa. Her husband, Shrien Dewani, was accused of having organised her killing in what was to look like a carjacking. The case against him has been thrown out and he is now […]

In 2012 I wrote an article for crimemagazine dot com about the murder of the honeymooning bride Annie Dewani in Cape Town, South Africa. Her husband, Shrien Dewani, was accused of having organised her killing in what was to look like a carjacking. The case against him has been thrown out and he is now a free man.

Do read my article here.

This is how I started it:

The names of the places sounded exotic: Gugulethu. Lingelethu. Khayelitsha. Chitwa Chitwa. They created images of beautiful people dancing to the beat of drums on a hot summer night.

To the cops in their dark blue uniforms, who stood around the white Volkswagen Sharan, abandoned in the place that bore the name Lingelethu, there was nothing exotic though about the young woman who lay sprawled across the vehicle’s rear seat. Two holes between her shoulders and another in her neck from which her blood had flowed freely so that most of the inside of the car was covered in blood, told them that the young woman was dead.

They knew her name: Anni Dewani.

They were wondering how they were going to tell her husband Shrien, who had in the first hour of that morning reported her missing and was anxiously waiting at a nearby luxury hotel, what they had found.

Marilyn Z. Tomlins

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