Trials: The Peace Corps Murder Case

The eerie screech of water birds sounded through the open-ended courtroom in Mwanza, a dusty little Tanzanian town on the shore of Lake Victoria. Solemn in his red robes and white wig, British-born Judge Harold Platt, a member of Tanzania's High Court, stepped up to the bench. Ededem Effiwatt, the ponderous, coal-black prosecutor, made ready to represent the state. And an unarmed African policeman stood guard by the prisoner in the dock. Everywhere he looked, Peace Corpsman Bill Haywood Kinsey, 24, a North Carolinian who had been charged with the murder of...

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