East Where the Crawdads sing based on a true story?
In short: no, Where the Crawdads sing is not based on a true story.
In the book, after Kya is framed for Chase’s murder, she is put on trial. And although she was not convicted, the last pages of the book reveal that she did actually kills Chase. The ending of the story sees Kya living happily ever after with Tate, only to die at age 64 from a heart attack. Going through her belongings, Tate discovers that she has published poems under a pen name with one of the poems apparently confessing to the murder. Tate also found Chase’s necklace that was missing from the crime scene associated with the poem.
As to why Kya killed Chase is up to the readers, however, throughout the story it’s clear that he mistreated Kya terribly. While they were seeing each other, he dated her, cheated and cheated on her, even confiding in another woman while telling Kya he wanted to marry her. On top of that, he returns to see Kya, where he attempts to sexually assault her. A month later, he was found dead.
And while the details of this fictional story are merely narrative, it turns out that the book’s author, Delia Owens, would have may have interesting information for a similar true crime case.
Why is Delia Owens wanted for questioning by police in Zambia?
Delia Owens would be sought for questioning in relationship with a suspect deaths in southern Africa nearly three decades ago. At the time, she was known for her animal conservation work before becoming a bestselling author, but it was her conservation work that saw her name spread through the headlines.
According to a report by Atlantic editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg, Lillian Shawa-Siyuni, Zambia’s director of public prosecutions, said Delia was wanted for questioning in connection with the suspected the death of anot animal poacher in Zambia including filming was captured on video in 1996. Neither the victim nor the shooter have been publicly identified and no body has been found. However, the footage was used in an ABC News documentary titled Turningwhich caused an outcry among Zambian residents and viewers around the world.
Helping to curb poaching efforts in Africa during the 1980s and 1990s, the lives of Delia and her husband Mark were documented by journalist Meredith Vieira, who followed the couple as they worked to save animals in Southern Africa. During her stay with the couple, she captured controversial footage of a suspected poacher being shot dead, but the identity of the shooter was never revealed. Shortly after the episode aired, the Zambian government has opened a homicide investigation to go to the bottom of incident.
“Poachers’ bodies are often left where they fall for the animals to eat,” Vieira says in the video as the cameraman approaches a blurred victim lying on the ground, according to the new yorker.
According to Vieira, the ABC documentary crew was apparently allowed to follow the patrol, as long as they did not identify anyone involved if a shooting had taken place, according to The Huffington Post.
The ABC cameraman emerged as a key witness in the case, claiming Mark airlifted three people to the site of the shooting. Once they were dropped off at the site, Mark left the scene before a suspected poacher arrived. The ABC cameraman claimed he started filming just in time to capture the second and third shot. As for the whereabouts of the suspected poacher, his body was never discovered and the cameraman avoided revealing how their group was removed from the scene.
Shortly after the footage surfaced, the Owens family chose to return to the United States, saying the culture of poaching drove them away. No charges have been filed against the Owens family, and Delia herself is not a suspect, despite being sought for questioning by the Zambian government.
Upon their return, Mark and Delia moved to a remote area in northern Idaho called Boundary County and continue to deny any involvement in the apparent murder. Despite this, local authorities in Zambia are reportedly still seeking to speak with Delia and her ex-husband Mark Owens.
“There is no statute of limitations for murders in Zambia,” said Lillian Shawa-Siyuni, Zambia’s director of public prosecutions. Atlantic. “They are all wanted for questioning in this case, including Delia Owens.”