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"Even if this paper didn't exactly get it right, at least they sensed the importance of Sean Flynn" - Tim King
(WASHINGTON D.C.) - We all know life is full of surprises, after almost six years at Salem-News.com, people were more than a little shocked to see Tim King show up in the National Enquirer Wednesday, in a front page story no less!
Talk about a dubious honor. And it doesn't come without a big dose of irony. April Fool's joke? Well, no, not really, but it is an unusual day, we'll leave it at that.
Tim has been studying the life of Vietnam War Photojournalist Sean Flynn for many years. This adventurous son of Errol Flynn was captured by Communist forces in Cambodia on 6 April 1970, along with his friend and fellow newsman Dana Stone, and never seen again.
For all intents and purposes, they literally rode into oblivion.
Many people have tried over the years to locate these two loved and missed chroniclers of the Vietnam War, but to this day their fate, along with their final resting place, remains a mystery, or does it?
It was revealed this week that a group of investigators from a firm in Tennessee, have been working closely with Sean Flynn's sister Rory Flynn, in the excavation of a suspected gravesite.
They recovered suspected human remains that will soon be tested with a goal of matching the evidence to a missing person, like Sean Flynn.
In reality, he is one of many who went missing in this area.
Salem-News.com was contacted by one of the men who recovered the suspected remains, Dave MacMillan, and also by a representative of Rory Flynn, Wednesday.
It was pointed out to us that everything has taken place with the blessing of not only the Flynn family, but also the Cambodian government.
The remains were documented before being shipped to the JPAC (Joint Prisoners of War, Missing in Action Accounting Command) laboratories in Hawaii where they will be evaluated and investigated, hopefully leading to information that can be used in the identification of a person who could, ultimately, actually be Sean Flynn.
But it is too soon to tell. Almost 40 years have already passed, a few more days or even weeks will pass quickly.
A story Tim wrote about Sean Flynn 15 may 2008, has been on the first page of Google under a search for this missing journalist's name, since shortly after it was published.
The recently article from 29 March was "picked up" by the National Enquirer, though they never let Salem-News.com know about it!
That is OK, they just followed standard media practice and attributed the information to the source, which was our group in this case. Consequently, Tim's name and Salem-News.com appear in the article, as well as quotes from Tim and a video Tim produced in May 2008 to the song by the Clash, "Sean Flynn" which is very interesting and mysterious, as the life of Sean Flynn was. It is included below.
The ironic part is that as this story titled "M.I.A. Errol Flynn Son 'Found'" was being published in the National Enquirer, Tim was writing "Reports Citing Discovery of 'Remains of Sean Flynn' Presumptuous and Misleading" to try and dispel rumors exactly like the one potentially started by the enquirer headline.
No, its not an April Fool's joke; Salem-News.com made the National Enquirer, we think we've seen it all now!
Asked what he thinks about it, Tim said he was teased earlier in the day by fellow writer Glen Bledsoe, who said he'll let Tim be the one to get all the ink in that publication.
"Even if this paper didn't exactly get it right, at least they sensed the importance of Sean Flynn", Tim King said.
"And we can't forget that Sean Flynn is one of dozens of missing western journalists in Cambodia, whose remains lie hidden where millions were murdered in recent years."
Nobody knows yet whether the remains are those of Sean Flynn, or even a person, according to Lt. Col. Wayne Perry with the U.S. Air Force. He is with JPAC and was in Cambodia when these suspected remains were uncovered, though he was in a different area and did not intersect with the party in Kampong Cham province where the searching for Sean Flynn occurred.
Learn more about Sean Flynn and Dana Stone:
March-30-2010: M.I.A. Errol Flynn Son 'Found' National Enquirer
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