I have this idea for a New Zealand novel in the tradition of Ellroy’s American Tabloid in which everything Ian Wishart writes is real. The SST has his latest scoop:
Family of the two Swedish tourists murdered by David Tamihere are outraged at a report that claims Heidi Paakkonen may still be alive.
The theory was published just days before Tamihere prepares to front the Parole Board on Tuesday in his latest bid for release.
Speaking from the Swedish village of Storfors, the brother of Heidi’s slain fiance, Urban Hoglin, said he was disturbed by the report in the November issue of Investigate.
The article’s author, conspiracy theorist Ian Wishart, said he had received information that Paakkonen was kept alive after Hoglin’s death and transported nearly 300km by road, and then boat, to Kawau Island in the Hauraki Gulf.
I think the last Wishart story that actually stacked up was his discovery that Air New Zealand were leasing planes to the Australian Defence force to convoy troops to Kuwait. The Press Council still upheld a complaint against him ruling the article:
lacked fairness, the cover headline and some details were inaccurate, and the cover montage of an armed soldier, a queue of people and the koru on the tail of an Air New Zealand jet was misleading and inaccurate.
But at least the gist of it was true. That was back in September 2006.