Monday, March 29, 2010

Falling over themsleves

Sean Flynn, covering the Vietnam conflict. Photo by Tim Page.
I can hear the gnashing of teeth from here. Headlines in the local press today and in the UK's Daily Mail on Saturday, suggest that two individuals have found some bone fragments, teeth and clothing that they hope are the remains of missing Vietnam War photojournalist Sean Flynn, son of Hollywood actor Errol, who disappeared nearly 40 years ago, in April 1970. They've passed their findings onto the American POW-MIA team who collect such remains, after spending a month digging around in the dirt in Kompong Cham province, near the Vietnamese border, following a tip-off. Veteran photographer Tim Page has spent years trying to trace the facts and last whereabouts of his friend Sean Flynn, who went missing with his pal Dana Stone and was believed to have been in the custody of the Khmer Rouge, and with a book and film in the works, he has expressed reservations about the latest discovery. It was only last year that The Road to Freedom was filmed in Cambodia, which is a fictionalized story of the two photojournos. In addition, another biopic based on the Perry Deane Young book, Two of the Missing, Remembering Sean Flynn and Dana Stone, is also in the works. It seems everyone is falling over themselves to get to the bottom of the Sean Flynn story.

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Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

One of the two individuals who have produced the bones, teeth and clothing is connected, the media says he's the owner, to the Golden Rooster Resort in Sihanoukville. They just so happen to have a bar at the Golden Rooster named Flynn's Bar. I haven't been there myself but if you have, tell us more....

March 30, 2010 at 1:52 PM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

This story is set to run and run. The Cambodia Daily has a front page article today, saying Tim Page, friend of Flynn, criticizes the excavation; the excavators have rebuffed his claims, providing more details of the dig to find the remains - who at this stage could literally be anyone.
They are trying to distance themselves from media reports that the remains of Sean Flynn have been found; they say, it 'could' be him. For that matter it could be anyone. DNA tests may reveal a link to Flynn or may just be a dead-end.
Page also accused the pair, according to the story, of hiding the remains for two weeks whilst they tried to sell the story. Juicy stuff eh.

March 31, 2010 at 9:02 AM  
Blogger Me said...

have page's book, forget the name, where he talks about flynn quite a bit.

always suspicious when these stories break

March 31, 2010 at 3:18 PM  

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