Posted on 07/14/2022 at 07:23 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

In a way, news that author Delia Owens and her husband are wanted for questioning in the murder of a poacher in Zambia is actually old.

The death in question took place in 1995, and ABC News covered it in detail a year later.

But since Zambia and the US don't have an extradition treaty — and since ABC News seems not to want to cooperate with Zambian authorities — it hasn't really hung over Owens's head, publicly.

Recently, however, as the movie adaptation of her smash-hit novel Where The Crawdads Sing nears completion, attention is refocusing on the death.

Jeffrey Goldberg, who wrote about the poacher's death in 2010 for The New Yorker, has brought the issue back to the forefront in a new article on the Owenses in The Atlantic, noting explicitly that the author is still wanted for questioning in Zambia.

(Slate too covered the poacher's death in a 2019 article that also examined how Owens's experiences in Africa and attitudes toward the continent have shaped her writing.)

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