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Is Eric David Erdmann a falsely accused victim of mistaken identity, or a lying fugitive child sex offender?

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In late March, a new Khmer440 poster with the username “sniper_m4” started a topic in our discussion forums about “Being Followed.” Sniper_m4 expressed concern that a tuk tuk driver recently told his wife that he was being followed by Actions pour les Enfants (“APLE”), a well known pedophile-hunting, child protection NGO. Continue reading

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Restaurant review – Topaz

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It was with slight trepidation that I went to Topaz a couple of weeks ago. On one hand it is consistently mentioned as one of Phnom Penh’s best restaurants; on the other hand a semicolon barely separates that statement from…

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The pastor and the monster

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Christopher LaPel’s father was a Brahman priest serving Cambodia’s king in his role as the earthly incarnation of the god Vishnu. Imagine the shock and horror, therefore, when one evening at dinner he saw a cross hanging around his son’s…

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Finnish woman Jenny Jokela dies of head injuries following moto accident

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A young woman from Finland, Jenny Jokela, died earlier this week from head injuries following an accident on the motorbike she was riding in Sihanoukville. Miss Jokela, 22, worked at Papayago Guesthouse and had been in Cambodia for several months….

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Fugitive Belgian paedophile Pieter Ceulen under arrest after surrendering to police in Phnom Penh

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  Fugitive convicted paedophile Pieter Ceulen is in police custody and facing extradition to serve a 19 year prison sentence in Belgium after his lawyers negotiated a surrender today.  He was arrested by Child Protection Unit officials at Independent Monument…

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Where are they now? Psychologist Dr Ken ‘Carrington’ Wilcox

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  Longtime readers of Khmer440 will surely remember the name Kenneth Drew Wilcox. Wilcox is a psychologist who had a private practice in Phnom Penh from about 2005 through 2010. Dr. Wilcox’ online resume says that he started his private…

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Cambodia’s national symbols

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The flora and fauna of Cambodia has suffered a fair bit over the past few decades. After the fall of the Khmer Rouge in 1979, Pol Pot and his cronies fled to sanctuary in the vast swathes of forested mountains…

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Restaurant review – Il Forno

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It’s disappointing when you go into a restaurant expecting to love it, and come away underwhelmed. That’s exactly what happened when I took two loved ones to Il Forno recently. Everything about the place, a relatively new upscale contemporary Italian…

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Fugitive Dutch paedophile Pieter Ceulen believed to be in Siem Reap

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A convicted Dutch paedophile and former banker, Pieter Ceulen, 60, is believed to be in Siem Reap after fleeing Europe this week, just two days before an Antwerp court handed him long prison sentence for child sex crimes. According to…

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Charlie Chaplin’s Cambodia

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Charlie and Paulette were big news, the reporters descended, and Charlie entertained them “with much courtesy and charm” in the hotel bar (presumably the Elephant Bar). Phnom Penh, he said, was charming, the palaces and pagodas delightful, the Cambodian houses picturesque. He felt he had to question whether French Colonial villas (the ones the Europeans lived in) were perhaps a little suburban and uncomfortable, but the wide boulevards, built over newly-reclaimed canals, were the equal of those in Paris. Asked if he might consider making a movie in Cambodia, he didn’t rule it out, but also didn’t see it happening in the immediate future. He would, however, undertake to publicise Indochina as a tourist destination on his return home. Continue reading

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