Comrade Duch: The Bookkeeper of Death

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Comrade Duch (born Kaing Guek Eav) murdered 14,000 people on behalf of the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia's Tuol Sleng prison in the 1970s and 1980s. Today, the repentant killer has been confronted by evidence of his horrendous crimes against humanity; in the Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, Duch watches wrenching tribunal footage, and faces the anguish and anger of relatives of Tuol Sleng victims.

Comrade Duch might never have been captured and brought to trial if not for Irish photojournalist Nic Dunlop, who searched tirelessly for Duch until finding him hiding in a remote area near the Thai border twenty years after his escape from Tuol Sleng. Due to the intervening years and Duch's subsequent conversion to evangelical Christianity, it is not a simple matter to condemn the man. And yet it is especially terrifying to realize this mild-mannered math teacher could have turned turned into such a viscious sadist for years, and then convert to a peaceful and devout Christian. It may simply be too much to believe but it is up to the court to decide what justice awaits the born-again executioner.