In 2005, Eric Volz moved from California to Nicaragua. Volz met Doris Jiménez, a beauty from a small beach town, and they began a passionate relationship. The relationship ended amicably less than a year later, and Volz moved to the capital city of Managua.
In 2006, Doris was found murdered in her seaside boutique. He rushed from Managua to be with her family, but before he knew it, he found himself accused of the crime. Decried in the press and vilified by his onetime friends, Volz suffered horrific prison conditions, deadly inmates, sadistic guards, an angry lynch mob, and the merciless treatment of government officials. He soon found himself a pawn in an international arms deal. It was only through his persistence, the tireless support of friends and family, and the assistance of a former intelligence operative that Eric was released, after more than a year in prison.
“This story should be issued with every passport.”—Bill Kurtis, author of The Death Penalty on Trial and host of A&E’s Cold Case Files
“A powerful story of injustice, iron determination and incomprehensible strength.”—Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton, authors of the New York Times bestselling Picking Cotton
“A brave and riveting account."—Elizabeth F. Loftus, PhD, co-author of Witness for the Defense and The Myth of Repressed Memory
“A tough tale of survival against long odds . . . Nothing short of harrowing.”—Outside
Eric Volz was born in Northern California. He is a former magazine publisher, who holds a degree in Latin American Studies from the University of California, San Diego. Today, he speaks professionally on travel safety and crisis management. Learn more at friendsofericvolz.com.
Excerpted from Chapter 4Suddenly the Enemy
I’ll never forget the barking. I would hear it again in other Nicaraguan prisons, but hearing it now for the first time as the truck pulled through the gates of the Rivas jail, I began to tremble. I could handle the hooting and the shouting, the clanging and banging against the rusted bars of the windows, but what I heard now went beyond anything I could have imagined.
Volz's first experiences being emprisoned in Nicaragua.
Author Eric Volz's personal commentary on his experience and his work.
Volz understands more about who is responsible for his torment in prison. However, just as things start to look up for him, his world is shocked yet again.