neelwrites/pitcairn/whatpegmansaw/historicalfiction/175/25/06/2017

WHAT PEGMAN SAW

Pitcairn Islands, British Overseas Territory

Pitcairn Islands, British Overseas Territory

Today Pegman takes us to the Pitcairn Islands, British Overseas Territory.

Feel free to stroll around the area using the Google street view and grab any picture you choose to include in your post.

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EAT, LOVE & MAKE BABIES   

(GENRE: HISTORICAL FICTION)

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By Neel Anil Panicker

Hot molten rage seared through Len Brown’s veins. His age ravaged face began to contort; soon his legs turned limp and his vision blurred.

It looked any moment he would suffer a paralytic attack.

The septuagenarian steadied himself against the stands as Judge Malcolm Hartford’s gravel voice ricocheted off the domed walls of the makeshift courtroom.

“I hereby pronounce the accused guilty of six charges of under age sex.”

 

Outside, a motley crowd listened to a doughty woman’s harangue.

“This should never have taken place,” she thundered. “The Pitcairns have been bullied. Ours is a sex culture. It’s consensual. We sleep, eat, drink, and cohabitate with our own, age be dammed!”

Thrusting her face towards the TV cameras, she bellowed, “How else would two men, 11 women, and a young girl have survived and grown to 50 and beyond? Yes, we share our men, for our comfort, for procreation, for survival. And fuck the goddammed all knowing prudes who throw us the rule book, quote the Scriptures, and decide upon what’s moral and what’s not.”

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BACKGROUND:

Pitcairn sexual assault trial of 2004

On 30 September 2004, seven men living on Pitcairn Island (including Steve Christian, the mayor, and representing a third of the male population of the island) went on trial facing 55 charges relating to sexual offences. On 24 October, all but one of the defendants were found guilty on at least some of the charges.[1][2][3] Another six men living abroad, including Shawn Christian, the current mayor of Pitcairn, were tried on 41 charges in a separate trial in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2005.

 

 

 

8 thoughts on “neelwrites/pitcairn/whatpegmansaw/historicalfiction/175/25/06/2017

  1. The island has certainly had its share of miscreants, hasn’t it? Thanks for contributing.

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    1. Oh yes, though i would not like to pass judgements knowing fully well the circumstances under which they lived. You are welcome, Hardy.

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  2. Like how you brought some of Pitcairn’s unseemly history to life!

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  3. To this day, British officials assigned to the Island are not allowed to take their children.

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    1. Yes, that’s true James. The island’s managed to hold on to their notorious reputation. I read your story too, James. Was on similar lines. Thanks for the read and your comments.

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  4. Dear Neel,

    Gritty and well told. For those of us who’ve romanticized Fletcher Christian, you’ve written quite an eye-opener and did it well.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

    PS I’m later than usual this week. 😉 So I’ll be obnoxious and tell you that my sotry is here https://rochellewisoff.com/2017/06/27/mutiny-on-the-uss-mgm/

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    1. Yes, truth is bitter than fiction. There is a highly romanticized version of the lives that these guys led which is so far off from reality. Thanks a lot for the fulsome praise, Rochelle.
      I will certainly go forth and read yours right away.

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