Gringo Nightmare: A Young American Framed for Murder in Nicaragua

By Eric Volz

In the spirit of Midnight Express and Not with out My Daughter comes the harrowing actual tale of an American held in a Nicaraguan legal for a homicide he didn’t commit.


Eric Volz was once in his overdue twenties in 2005 while he moved from California to Nicaragua.  He and a pal 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, they usually begun a passionate and significant courting. although the connection ended amicably below a 12 months later and Volz moved his company to the capital urban of Managua, an in depth bond among the 2 endured.

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

Decried within the press and vilified via his onetime buddies, Volz suffered bad stipulations, disorder, lethal inmates, an indignant lynch mob, sadistic guards, and the cruel remedy of presidency officers. It used to be basically via his dogged patience, the tireless aid 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 foreign headlines, this can be the 1st and in simple terms publication to inform Eric’s soaking up, relocating account in his personal words.


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After that, the protection group used to be now not allowed in the trial perimeter. via day of the path, the harmful temper had basically intensified, thank you principally to the efforts of El Nuevo Diario and the remainder of the Nica press. Lesber Quintero manipulated the experiences of the testimony and facts in order that it seemed damning to me. He claimed Danglas’s testimony “Sunk Volz. ” one other headline learn, “If You Cheat on Me, i'm going to Kill You. ” Reader reviews published on-line published the facility of the public’s hatred. One reader sought after me shot, one other prompt lynching for me and Rosita—and the judge—should we be declared blameless. one other paper, Hoy, released a full-page picture of me that had pink brushed in round my eyes, developing an evil effect. The piece expressed outrage that I could be donning “armor” and be secure through a squad of “Guatemalan mercenaries. ” The economic, or “prosecutor,” endured his presentation at the moment morning. the most important witnesses have been staff of Hertz, the organisation from who I had rented a automobile in Managua to force to San Juan del Sur at the afternoon I realized of Doris’s dying. either witnesses provided testimony that differed from the unique statements they'd given to the police within the days following the homicide. either additionally appeared anxious and unsure at the stand, yet that used to be not anything new. Victor, who had introduced the Hertz automobile to the EP condominium, spoke first. Victor had initially informed the police that girls from my place of work had long past to him and requested him to signal an announcement that he had “seen me” whereas shedding off the automobile. He hadn’t noticeable me, and so they had by no means requested him to claim that he had. they just requested him to substantiate that I had signed the credit-card voucher, which I had performed. The police had his assertion, even though, and the prosecution and Lesber used it every time they can to make it seem like humans in my place of work have been operating to hide my tracks. Victor’s unique statementEX. 29 additionally exact that Indira, the opposite Hertz witness, had referred to as him at 3:00 P. M. to invite Victor to get a automobile prepared, yet now, 3 months later, he testified that he bought the decision “sometime after midday. ” Victor grew extra visibly apprehensive lower than cross-examination from Rojas, who bought him to confess that he couldn’t even have in mind the colour of the automobile he introduced over or no matter if the folks he observed on the residence have been male or woman. Indira hedged additionally while she took the stand. initially she had advised the police in a sworn and written declarationEX. 30 that Leidy, my assistant, had known as at round 2:50 simply because i wanted a automobile urgently. That made experience, given that Gabi had phoned me with the inside track of Doris’s demise simply 5 or ten mins sooner than. And but now she advised the courtroom in her oral testimonyEX. 31 that she had bought the decision from our place of work someday among 1:00 and 2:00, including that it took thirty mins to make a vehicle on hand. * when you believed her testimony now, you'll deduce that I had wisdom of the homicide ahead of I ordered the condo vehicle, which might make Indira a golden witness.

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