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Police investigating after The Lost Boys of Bird Island co-author found dead

Aug 14, 2018
Police investigating after The Lost Boys of Bird Island co-author found dead

Police in Port Elizabeth are investigating an inquest docket after a well-known former police detective-turned-author, Mark Minnie, was found shot dead on Monday.

Minnie recently became famous after he helped to write the controversial book, The Lost Boys of Bird Island, which details the alleged abuse of young boys by then prominent apartheid era government Ministers and officials on Bird Island just outside Port Elizabeth.

According to police information, Minnie went to visit a friend, who is also a farmer in the Kabega Park area, and asked to visit for a while to get away from the city.

"The 58-year-old Port Elizabeth man was found dead at his friend’s farmhouse in Theescombe, Port Elizabeth, on Monday evening," said police spokesperson, Capt Johan Rheeder.

"According to police information, the ex- policeman visited his friend at his farm at about 09:00. The friend left him to rest and he went out with his workers.

"At about 21:00, the friend received a call from the deceased’s female friend enquiring about his whereabouts."

Capt Rheeder said that the friend then went home and went to the deceased’s room and noticed that he was not in the room.

"He looked for the deceased and found him outside lying near a bush with a gunshot wound to his head. A firearm was found lying next to him," he described.

"At this stage no foul play is suspected. Police have opened an inquest pending the results of the post mortem."

The Lost Boys of Bird Island the book details how three former National Party ministers, including one who is still alive, were allegedly central figures in a paedophilia ring that operated at Bird Island.

It claims investigations into these high profile figures were halted, dockets stolen and evidence covered up.

A well-known Port Elizabeth businessman apparently ferried the boys – mostly coloured and black minors to Bird Island, where the children were sexually molested by the men.

Minnie apparently lived under a constant fear for his life.