While we continue to wait for the Preliminary NTSB report on the Boulder City crash that killed both pilot Doug Gilliss and passenger Richard A. Winslow (really guys…2 weeks now?) I give you this little treasure.
Previously I mentioned that when Riggs went to prison in Hong Kong (for traveling on a fake passport) he was traveling there in some sort of plan to steal Rhino horn in South Africa to sell to people in Hong Kong. All we had at the time was an article from the Atlanta Business Chronicles that outlined some of it.
But now..I have this book. Contraband: South Africa and the International Trade in Ivory and Rhino Horn.
I received it today so I’ve only had a chance to glance through it but let me tell you. Dave Riggs is one of the main stars. This book was published in 1995 by an investigative journalist named De W. Potgieter. It is currently out of print although the author told me he is currently working on a new edition to be published hopefully in late 2012. It’s not easy to get your hands on a copy, but I will be sitting down tonight to start reading it and I’ll be back with a full report.
I firmly believe that someone who would conspire with “godfather-like Chinese figures and their smuggling networks” to sell Rhino horn and apparently with corrupt law officers is not a person who would suddenly become a law abiding citizen. And the activities of Riggs since that time seem to support that belief.
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