READ: Mark Minnie's poignant last words to Bird Island co-writer in suicide note
The publishers of The Lost Boys of Bird Island have released a portion of the suicide note written by one of the authors, Mark Minnie, who died of a gunshot wound last week. Tafelberg Publishers released the following excerpt - addressed to Minnie's co-author Chris Steyn - as well as her response to the note.
Mark Minnie's final note to Chris Steyn:
“The pitiful cries of the lost boys of Bird Island have haunted me for the past 31 years. At last their story is out. Chrissy, don’t give up now. You are almost home. No government officials preventing you from investigating this time round.”
According to Steyn, the extract from what Minnie called his "last writing" was addressed specifically to her. The rest of the letter was addressed to his family.
This is Chis Steyn's response to Mark Minnie's final note:
“Mark I will keep going. You knew that. I just wish you could have been here to go through all the new leads with me. If only you were still alive to see all the information and incredible confirmation that has come in since the book was published. You would have felt some vindication at last. But I have good news, Mark. There is already enough to start building a new docket. Once we are ready, we will hand it over for further action. That was all you ever wanted. A proper investigation. But you don’t have to worry about it anymore. And nobody is going to steal this docket. Chrissy.”
In his final chapter of the book, Mark Minnie said he hoped the boy who was secretly treated in hospital is still alive. “I also hope that if there is anyone out there who has any knowledge of him or any of these missing boys, the Lost Boys of Bird Island, that they will come forward.
“Any victims who suffered at the hands of Dave Allen and company, let your voices be heard. Do not remain silent any longer.”
According to the publishers, it was Minnie’s final wish was that anyone with more information about what happened on Bird Island in the 80s would come forward so that a full criminal investigation could be launched. "He wanted the voices of the victims to be heard. Let’s give him his final wish. Anybody with information on the The Lost Boys of Bird Island can e-mail us on [email protected]".