Journal of the Dead by Jason Kersten
A Story of Friendship and Murder in the New Mexico Desert

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I killed and buried my best friend today ...

When authorities found Raffi Kodikian -- barely alive -- four days after he and his friend David Coughlin became lost in Rattlesnake Canyon, they made a grim and shocking discovery. Kodikian freely admitted that he had stabbed Coughlin twice in the heart. Had there been a darker motive than mercy? And how could anyone, under any circumstances, kill his best friend?

Armed with the journal Kodikian and Coughlin carried into Rattle- snake Canyon, Jason Kersten re-creates in riveting detail those fateful days that led to the killing in an infamously unforgiving wilderness.

 

About Jason Kersten

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JASON KERSTEN writes for Rolling Stone and Men's Journal. Also the author of Journal of the Dead: A Story of Friendship and Murder in the New Mexico Desert, he lives in New York.
 
Published October 12, 2010 by HarperCollins e-books. 276 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Travel, Action & Adventure. Non-fiction

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An expanded version of Kersten's article in Maxim magazine, where he was a senior editor, this is a well-told account of a fatal 1999 cross-country trip by two best friends, Raffi Kodikian and David Coughlin, that ended in the desert near New Mexico's Carlsbad Caverns with Coughlin stabbed to de...

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Kersten quotes Coughlin's brother at the funeral as saying, "Everyone here, please say a prayer for Raffi, because I know how much he loved David, and I know how much my brother loved him."

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PopMatters

The local authorities Kersten interviewed—border agents and camp rangers who worked in the trenches and had seen up close the grueling effects of sun—found the “mercy killing” story hard to swallow, yet Raffi’s friends and family, even Dave Coughlin’s family, were unswerving in their support.

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