Nolan vs. the Khmer Rouge

1 Apr


The Curious Case of McKinley Nolan

The search for answers in the McKinley Nolan story continues. In this article in the June 2011 of Vietnam Magazine, just out on newstands, I follow up with McKinley’s brother Michael Nolan as he presses his legal case against the leaders of the Khmer Rouge for the murder of his brother.  Thanks to his brilliant Cambodian legal team, Michael was officially accepted as one of a handful of Western plaintiffs in the UN sponsored Khmer Rouge tribunal. And in another rare move, The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan, Henry Corra’s intense documentary film about Michael’s search for his brother was submitted as evidence in the case. The film joins a select company of new documentaries that have appeared as evidence in criminal cases including Joe Berlinger’s Crude: The Real Price of Oil – outtakes were subpoenaed in a pollution lawsuit against Chevron this year – and Marina Zenovich’s Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, which was cited by Polanski’s defense lawyers as they sought to dismiss a statutory rape case against the famous director in 2009.

3 Responses to “Nolan vs. the Khmer Rouge”

  1. chris woelk June 11, 2011 at 1:47 pm #

    I have a propaganda leaflet done by Nolan on my web site, under “A Soldiers Story”. Connect from the top of my homepage. I suspect Nolan as the painter of the signs and banner in the story. I did not think that in 1968, only after talking with AnnaMarie Pisano at Corra.. Corra Films found my post and sent me a copy of the Doc. that I will watch today.

    • richard linnett June 11, 2011 at 10:58 pm #

      Chris, you still have those original pamphlets? I have xerox copies of them.We met with VC proselytizing members who lived with Nolan and they admitted to writing all of Nolan’s propaganda. They said he could hardly spell. Nolan’s motives were mixed and confusing. We’re still not sure if he defected or simply deserted and was captured and then did the VC’s bidding in order to stay alive and get to Battambang, Cambodia, where his Vietnamese/Cambodian girlfriend’s family lived.

  2. chris woelk June 12, 2011 at 11:56 am #

    I have the originals of all. They are laminated. I believe also one that is not and was cut in half to make it easier to copy decades ago. My wife and I watched the movie last night so I understand the timeline. We(the men in my unit not my wife) laughed at this stuff when it was deposited and I never thought about what happened to them until contacted by Corra. My wife helped me transcribe the leaflets for the story they are posted with and that started me wondering. Corra must pay Google to alert them if Nolan’s name is used on the net because I had only the transcription posted, but not the scan of the leaflet, for 2 days when their email came.

    I will post a review of the movie on my site, add another link to Nolan’s website and one to yours if you want. I read your story in the “Vietnam Magazine” last night. All this just when I post the story on my site is a bit mind blowing. I welcome any thing you want linked or posted on my site on Nolan or other POW stories you have. I have a book section where I review books related to Vietnam if you have any that you want there. My site is not revenue generating but my web host does have links to Amazon on the reviews and would get any money from that. I have given him many more book reviews that he has currently posted and need to remind him to post them.

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