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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Shocker: Hero of Dave Eggers Book Arrested in Alleged Murder Plot

UPDATE  Here's an article on the full police report.

Earlier:  What a surprise to read just now that the hero of Dave Eggers' fine 2009 book,  Zeitoun,  has been arrested in New Orleans--for plotting to kill his ex-wife, son and another man.  In the book, Abdulrahman Zeitoun  paddles around the city trying to help people, then is unjustly arrested and disappears in jail for a time.  "After the book, the Zeitouns became vocal campaigners against police corruption and unlawful detention. The Zeitoun Foundation, created in 2009 by the couple and Mr. Eggers to aid in the rebuilding of New Orleans, has distributed more than $250,000 in grants, according to its Web site....

"Mr. Zeitoun, 54, is back where he was seven years ago — in a New Orleans jail — on three charges of soliciting murder, said Remi Braden, a police spokeswoman. She said detectives had 'credible information' of the plot."  He had already been arrested twice for abusing his ex-wife. 


DHRiley said...

A sad coda to a lovely story of rising above adversity.

DHRiley said...

What a sad coda to a lovely story of the rise above adversity and chaos.