Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
Pederhaney

The Dutch Women

Moderator_02

There is a related topic that readers may be interested in seeing: http://www.chiriqui.life/topic/2879-danger-warning-issued-for-el-pianistatrail/.

 

Message added by Moderator_02

Recommended Posts

Death on the Serpent River: How the Lost Girls of Panama Disappeared

The mysterious deaths of two young tourists in Panama puzzled examiners and shocked nations on both sides of the Atlantic; now secretly leaked documents could reveal what happened.
 
160723-kryt-panama-lost-tease_tjr4cl.jpg
 

This is the first in a three-part investigation into what may have been a savage crime or a tragic accident. In addition to a trove of documents and photographs revealing hitherto unexamined aspects of the case, The Daily Beast has consulted several top sleuths in fields as varied as wilderness survival and photographic analysis, with the expert opinion as well of forensic anthropologist and best-selling author Kathy Reichs.

 

BOQUETE, Panama — Welcome to the jungle: specifically, the cloud forests of the Talamanca highlands.

 

It’s a rainy Saturday in early June, at the height of the wet season here in northern Panama, and we are—quite literally—on the trail of a deadly international mystery.

 

This mud-slick, root-choked footpath is called the Pianista, or Piano Player, because it climbs—in a series of ladder-like steps reminiscent of a keyboard—up from the tourist town of Boquete to the Continental Divide, at about 6,660 feet.

 

Bright-tailed quetzals flit through dwarf species of cedar, oak, and wild avocado along the trail. At this elevation the trees are stunted and wind-warped, their twisted limbs draped with moss and epiphytes.

 

The raining is falling in surprisingly cold gusts by the time our small party reaches the Mirador, the overlook at the top of the Divide, about three hours after leaving the trailhead. On a clear day you can see all the way to Boquete. Today, however, the only thing visible from here is the white sea of mist atop the canopy below.

 

But the Pianista is known for more than just its pretty birds and haunting vistas.

 

Back in April 2014, two Dutch tourists—Kris Kremers, 21, and Lisanne Froon, 22—disappeared after setting out on this same three-mile stretch of trail.

 

(DJ--Rest of this installment here at The Daily Beast.  Typical of many American articles about Panama, it gets the oceans, directions and geographical orientation incorrect, Sloppy, but incidental.

Next Saturday—The Search)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

There is no "Serpent River".  The geographical name is the Rio Culebra.

"Typical of many American articles about Panama, it gets the oceans, directions and geographical orientation incorrect, Sloppy,.."

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm not sure how much to care about geographic names, especially when the primary audience is not local. I see flights to Nuevo York on the departure monitor at Tocumen.  

On the other hand, nobody at all refers to Rio Culebra as "Serpent River".  The headline at The Beast was clearly crafted to make Americans click on the link. 

I don't know that this series will shed any new light on what most of us have previously learned from the tragedy and the investigation.  We shall see.

I'm sure it got the writer a trip to Boquete on her expense account.  Nice job if you can get it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Uncle Doug, the author appears to be a man named Jeremy Kryt.

My take is that "culebra" would have no meaning for most readers of The Daily Beast. Its translation into English, on the other hand, adds an exotic dimension not offered by most translated words.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This may provide a clue as to how Cristobal Colon's name got changed to Christopher Columbus.

Edited by Keith Woolford
  • Downvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 7/24/2016 at 7:09 PM, Bonnie said:

Uncle Doug, the author appears to be a man named Jeremy Kryt.

My take is that "culebra" would have no meaning for most readers of The Daily Beast. Its translation into English, on the other hand, adds an exotic dimension not offered by most translated words.

Yep, I misread the intro and assumed Kathy Reichs was on assignment for The Beast.  Good catch!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This is a very complete report by YouTube journalist Shauna Rae who couldn’t get past the effects of this tragedy without collecting and recording every fact possible concerning the case.  She questions previously promoted conclusions.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Very interesting. It answered some questions I’ve always had about the case.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  

×
×
  • Create New...