Hid­den gold, Je­sus lured Amer­i­can to re­mote death

The Weekend Post - - World -

THE young Amer­i­can ad­ven­turer killed by tribes­men on a re­mote is­land har­boured an in­tense ob­ses­sion with the se­cluded peo­ple and “lost his mind” shortly be­fore he was mur­dered, a friend says.

The New York Post re­ports that Remco Snoeij, who runs a dive shop in In­dia’s An­daman and Ni­co­bar is­land chain, said Mr Chau seemed to be in­tensely in­ter­ested in the North Sen­tine­lese tribe, an iso­lated peo­ple liv­ing on the North Sen­tinel is­land that is off lim­its to vis­i­tors.

“He shared a deep in­ter­est in re­search­ing and know­ing more about them,” Mr Snoeij told The Wash­ing­ton Post.

Mr Snoeij told Mr Chau (above) about two fish­er­men who breached the is­land in 2006 and were stran­gled by islanders and about ru­mours that the Ja­pa­nese mil­i­tary had buried gold there in World War II.

“It must have struck a chord,” with Mr Chau, he said.

On No­vem­ber 14, Mr Chau paid fish­er­men to take him to the is­land by boat at night. Ac­cord­ing to his di­ary, he saw men armed with bows and ar­rows and yelled “My name is John, I love you and Je­sus loves you.”

He re­turned the next day and the tribe fired ar­rows at him, pierc­ing his wa­ter­proof bi­ble. “He lost his mind, def­i­nitely,” Mr Snoeij said.

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