Friday, September 14, 2007

Richard Davis, Murdered Soldier

Richard Davis was an American soldier who came back to the US, only to be murdered by some of the men he went to war with in Iraq. It's the basis of the new movie, "In The Valley of Elah," a fictionalized account of Richard's story, starring Tommy Lee Jones as his father, an Army veteran who takes it upon himself to investigate what really happened to his son.

Today on my KMOX show, Richard's real father, Lanny Davis, told his son's story and revealed why he thinks his son was brutally killed, and how his disappearance was covered up by the military. This took place in the first year of the war, at a time when negative stories like the not-so-friendly-fire death of Pat Tillman were buried for public relations reasons. It's a tough, fascinating story, which will also be told in the book "Murder In Baker Company" early in 2008.

Listen.


The Davis family has a website here.

"In The Valley Of Elah" has quite a pedigree, starring Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron, and Susan Sarandon -- and it's directed by Paul Haggis, who did "Crash." Here's the trailer...