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5/31/2007

Police: Nicaraguan girl killed American

Filed under: global islands,nicaragua — admin @ 6:02 am

MANAGUA, Nicaragua – A pregnant Nicaraguan teenager allegedly shot her 53-year-old American lover and enlisted her siblings to help dismember the body, police said Tuesday.

The girl said her 14-year-old sister and 19-year-old brother helped her cut up the body to put the pieces in plastic bags. They then drove outside the city and buried the bags in two different places in northern Nicaragua, Herrera said.

Ken Kinzel disappeared in Nicaragua two weeks ago. Details of what exactly happened to him are still coming into focus. But at this point here’s what is known for sure, according to his best friend, his wife and reports from the Nicaraguan newspaper El Nuevo Diario:

Kinzel is dead.

He was 52.

And a 17-year-old pregnant Nicaraguan with whom he was having an affair has confessed to shooting him in the head and throat and then cutting him up with a chain saw.

The girl told her mother and then police she took his body parts to four different rural locations.

“I’m completely overwhelmed, ” Kinzel’s wife, Marty Jo Johnson, said Monday night when reached on her cell phone.

The girl met Kinzel in December and apparently introduced herself as a 21-year-old college student. She is eight months pregnant, according to El Nuevo Diario, which means the child couldn’t have been Kinzel’s, Johnson said Monday.

Kinzel, who grew up on 62nd Terrace S and lived in that house after his mother died in 2002, got involved with Nicaragua as the stateside coordinator of ProNica, a nonprofit Quaker organization with offices in St. Petersburg and Managua, Nicaragua.

He was no longer the coordinator, though, and last year he sold the house on 62nd Terrace S and bought land outside Esteli.

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