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February 10, 2009 | Christopher Goffard
The deeper the lawyer probed, the more the case resembled a hall of mirrors, a maze of ambiguous characters and unknowable motives. There were hints of conspiracies, trap doors, scaffoldings of fact that vaporized into fiction. The trail was nearly three years old by the spring of 2003, when the lawyer's investigator headed deep into the countryside, working at night for protection, searching for witnesses. The goal: to upend what had become the official narrative of Father John Kaiser's death.
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December 4, 2011 | By Richard Rayner, Special to the Los Angeles Times
You Will See Fire A Search for Justice in Kenya Christopher Goffard W.W. Norton: 317 pp., $27.95 The body of John Kaiser, an American Catholic priest, was found in a ditch outside the Kenyan market town of Naivasha on Aug. 24, 2000. A gunshot had blown off the back of Kaiser's head. He was 67, and for years he'd been a thorn in the side of Kenya's violent and corrupt ruling regime. A supposedly thorough FBI investigation concluded that Kaiser, with a history of manic depression, had killed himself.
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December 4, 2011 | By Richard Rayner, Special to the Los Angeles Times
You Will See Fire A Search for Justice in Kenya Christopher Goffard W.W. Norton: 317 pp., $27.95 The body of John Kaiser, an American Catholic priest, was found in a ditch outside the Kenyan market town of Naivasha on Aug. 24, 2000. A gunshot had blown off the back of Kaiser's head. He was 67, and for years he'd been a thorn in the side of Kenya's violent and corrupt ruling regime. A supposedly thorough FBI investigation concluded that Kaiser, with a history of manic depression, had killed himself.
WORLD
February 10, 2009 | Christopher Goffard
The deeper the lawyer probed, the more the case resembled a hall of mirrors, a maze of ambiguous characters and unknowable motives. There were hints of conspiracies, trap doors, scaffoldings of fact that vaporized into fiction. The trail was nearly three years old by the spring of 2003, when the lawyer's investigator headed deep into the countryside, working at night for protection, searching for witnesses. The goal: to upend what had become the official narrative of Father John Kaiser's death.
NEWS
September 1, 2000 | From Associated Press
Amid howls and screams of thousands of mourners, the Rev. John Kaiser was buried Thursday in front of the roughhewn mission church the Minnesota native had built by hand for the people of western Kenya. With a view of the Serengeti Plain and a few dozen Masai warriors watching from a distance, his congregation mourned the Roman Catholic priest who fought not only for their souls but also for justice. "I feel very badly offended because he has always assisted my children.
WORLD
February 9, 2009 | Christopher Goffard
Within the vaulted basilica where he lay in a glass-lid coffin, the transformation was already underway. In life, Father John Kaiser had been a troublemaker, an obstinate and single-minded man who railed against church passivity and clashed with his bishops, his missionary bosses, his fellow priests. Now, it was possible to ignore the rough edges and complicated history.
WORLD
February 8, 2009 | Christopher Goffard
Wherever he went, the man of God carried his shotgun. Like its owner, the double-barreled 12-gauge was old and broken in places, dusty from miles of hard African road. He kept the splintered stock bound together with a length of black rubber, and he believed it might be his only protection, save for the good Lord and his American name, in a country that had never felt more dangerous. By day he ventured deep into the savanna to visit the scattered churches of his vast parish.
NEWS
August 25, 2000 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An outspoken American priest who was critical of the Kenyan government's human rights record was found shot to death in western Kenya, police said. The body of the Rev. John Kaiser, 67, a Minnesota native who has worked in Kenya for 36 years, was found lying beside a road near Naivasha, 50 miles northwest of the capital, Nairobi, police spokesman Peter Kimanthi said.
WORLD
August 2, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The death of an American Roman Catholic priest who openly criticized the Kenyan government was homicide, not suicide as an earlier investigation found, a Kenyan court ruled. The court ordered the government to launch a new inquiry. The FBI sent a team at Kenya's invitation to look into Father John Kaiser's death in 2000 and concluded that he probably shot himself.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
Two rock climbers plummeted an estimated 600 feet to their deaths Sunday when an anchor holding them failed in a area known as Tahquitz Rock. Kelly Tufo, 32, of Anza and David Kellogg, 41, of San Diego were pronounced dead at the scene Sunday night by members of the Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit. The men were climbing in an area frequented by experienced climbers because of the rocky, steep terrain, Riverside County Sheriff's spokesman John Kaiser said.
WORLD
February 9, 2009 | Christopher Goffard
Within the vaulted basilica where he lay in a glass-lid coffin, the transformation was already underway. In life, Father John Kaiser had been a troublemaker, an obstinate and single-minded man who railed against church passivity and clashed with his bishops, his missionary bosses, his fellow priests. Now, it was possible to ignore the rough edges and complicated history.
WORLD
February 8, 2009 | Christopher Goffard
Wherever he went, the man of God carried his shotgun. Like its owner, the double-barreled 12-gauge was old and broken in places, dusty from miles of hard African road. He kept the splintered stock bound together with a length of black rubber, and he believed it might be his only protection, save for the good Lord and his American name, in a country that had never felt more dangerous. By day he ventured deep into the savanna to visit the scattered churches of his vast parish.
NEWS
September 1, 2000 | From Associated Press
Amid howls and screams of thousands of mourners, the Rev. John Kaiser was buried Thursday in front of the roughhewn mission church the Minnesota native had built by hand for the people of western Kenya. With a view of the Serengeti Plain and a few dozen Masai warriors watching from a distance, his congregation mourned the Roman Catholic priest who fought not only for their souls but also for justice. "I feel very badly offended because he has always assisted my children.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 1987 | Associated Press
President Reagan met briefly Wednesday with the wife and son of one of the 37 sailors killed in the Iraqi missile attack on the frigate Stark. Before leaving for a speaking engagement in Connecticut, Reagan met with Barbara Kaiser and her 5-year-old son, John. Kaiser's husband, Senior Chief Petty Officer Stephen Kaiser, was killed in the May 17 Iraqi attack in the Persian Gulf.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
A construction worker was killed by a falling object Monday at the construction site of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians casino near Banning, authorities said. Fellow workers and Fire Department personnel attempted to render first aid, but the 23-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 10 a.m., said Riverside County Sheriff's Deputy John Kaiser. The victim's name was being withheld pending notification of relatives, officials said.
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