Author: Stephen Rabey Matthews
Publisher: Pen and Sword True Crime
Category: True Crime
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This was the time of the Belgian Congo debacle where ethnic cleansing coincided with Steve's first police posting near the Northern Rhodesia border with the Congo, at the age of 21. He graphically describes being knifed, ambushed, stoned, wounded by bow and arrow and shotgun and had his hand broken several times. He saved the life of President Kaunda from a potential assassination attempt and acted as a driver and bodyguard to President Tsombe of the breakaway state of Katanga. Steve was solely responsible for exposing and tracking down a dangerous British Army deserter and communist spy working in the Congo and Northern Rhodesia (Zambia), seeing him neutralised and his operation disbanded. Throughout the book, he gives full credit to his African police colleagues for their immense courage, humour, loyalty and total dedication. The book will standout because it depicts unique, true stories of dealing with witchcraft murders and cannibalism in all its repugnant forms. Steve, personally thwarted an ambush on a group of famous Congo mercenaries known as the Wild Geese. He describes incidents of black magic, kidnapping, arson, gunrunning and people trafficking. He successfully detected the first computer fraud in the territory, and later for the first time, brought back a European fugitive in a series of fraud cases to face justice, from the atrocious apartheid country of South Africa; of being given a government award for his part in combatting the slaughter of wildlife and in taking part in the search for the downed aircraft of the United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld still the subject of much controversy today. Steve's life was saved several times by his courageous Doberman, Alex regarded as a witch doctor by local tribes. This is the true, action-packed, unadulterated stories of those frantic and dangerous years, where a young police inspector found himself confronted by fearsome actions and events well beyond his complete understanding while serving in the elite police force in Northern Rhodesia now Zambia, which was then a British Protectorate prior to independence. Steve has strived not to duplicate any of these true stories, which provides an indication of just how involved and energises his dedicated years of service really were. Nevertheless, he pushed on regardless, with the realisation that he was doing an important and necessary job for the benefit of the unprivileged peoples of the country; yet the police were fighting on two fronts, trying to protect the vulnerable citizens and at the same time endeavouring to stop the slaughter of the country's wildlife.