Chris Marnewick Discusses His Latest Book on a True Crime That Intrigued Him as a Child
In an interview with The Witness, author Chris Marnewick explains that he wrote Clarence van Buuren: Die man agter die donkerbril, because the murder case against Van Buuren had intrigued him as a child. The book is a form of closure for Marnewick, who as a young boy kept up with the story and sometimes had nightmares about it.
IN 1956, 18-year-old Myrna Aken was given a lift by a salesperson, Clarence van Buuren, in Durban. A few days later her naked disfigured body was found on the south coast with the help of a medium.
In Johannesburg an eight-year-old boy, Chris Marnewick, closely followed the story in the newspapers. By day he would read about the case and Van Buuren’s eventual hanging. By night he would be haunted by nightmares about the murder, and the accused’s claims that he was innocent.
- Clarence van Buuren: Die man agter die donkerbril by Chris Marnewick
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