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A selection of articles by CHRISTOPHER OTHEN, author of 'KATANGA 1960-63: MERCENARIES, SPIES AND THE AFRICAN NATION THAT WAGED WAR ON THE WORLD' and 'FRANCO'S INTERNATIONAL BRIGADES: ADVENTURERS, FASCISTS, AND CHRISTIAN CRUSADERS IN THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR' (amazon.co.uk or amazon.com), about idealists, crooks, and the kind of men who believed that they were right and everyone else was wrong. From LA's junkie punks to Buddhist warlords and bank-robbing cops. Sign up for a lost cause.



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In Search of Dominique Borella

A Man on the Militant Edge of French Anti-Communism 1932-1975

Indochina, Algeria, France, the Congo, Yemen, Vietnam, Cambodia, Lebanon. French mercenary Dominique Borella fought for rightist causes around the world. He left behind dead bodies and closed mouths. CHRISTOPHER OTHEN, author of 'FRANCO'S INTERNATIONAL BRIGADES: ADVENTURERS, FASCISTS, AND CHRISTIAN CRUSADERS IN THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR' (amazon.co.uk or amazon.com), wipes away the blood to uncover the life of a man who thought he could change the world one bullet at a time.


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A Short History of Russian Roulette in Australia

Earless Gunmen, Vietnamese Gangsters, and a Pool Hall in Footscray c.1987

Another extract from my history of Russian Roulette. This time we're in Australia with gun loving standover man Mark Brandon 'Chopper' Read and the cream of the Melbourne underworld. Did anyone ever win money by playing the suicidal gun game? Chopper did. CHRISTOPHER OTHEN, author of ;FRANCO'S INTERNATIONAL BRIGADES: ADVENTURERS, FASCISTS, AND CHRISTIAN CRUSADERS IN THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR' has the details.


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Whiter Than White

Robbing Banks in Apartheid Era South Africa with Police Captain Andre Stander and his Gang (1977-84)

Andre Stander was a bank robber, a jailbird, and a Captain in the South African Police at the height of apartheid. In the late 1970s he robbed banks in his lunchtime and investigated crimes in the afternoon. Stander’s double life collapsed when he was sent to prison in 1980 but after three years he escaped and launched a new crime wave with a gang recruited behind bars. CHRISTOPHER OTHEN looks at the life and death of a criminal who always thought he was the smartest kęrel in the room.


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Urga, February 1921

Baron Roman von Ungern-Sternberg, the Bolshevik Revolution, and the Birth of Modern Mongolia

During the Russian Civil War Baron von Ungern-Sternberg earned a reputation in Siberia as a sadistic warlord whose excesses did more harm to his own side than to his Communist enemies. When the anti-Bolshevik forces collapsed in 1920 the Baron took his men over the border to Chinese-controlled Mongolia. CHRISTOPHER OTHEN looks at the Baron's capture of the Mongolian capital Urga, the first – and last –step of a crazed attempt to build a Buddhist Empire stretching from Mongolia to Portugal.


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Mind Games and Germs Burns with Los Angeles Punk Legend Darby Crash (1977-80)

A junkie singer, a fatal overdose, and a high school brainwashing programme. Los Angeles' Germs were the hottest punk band of the late seventies thanks to the charisma of their suicidal singer Darby Crash. Unable to decide if he wanted to be a music biz legend or a cult leader Crash fell apart under the pressure of his heroin fuelled lifestyle. CHRISTOPHER OTHEN examines how a fan of Charles Manson and L Ron Hubbard briefly became the most influential figure in the LA underground.


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