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He cautioned the lords who sat in judgment not to regard Pitcairn as just another part of the kingdom, “like an island off Dover waving the Union Jack.” But it was a hard haul.The chief judge, Lord Hoffmann, peered chin down and dubiously through eyebrows as thick as briar patches. The convicted rapists slept nine time zones away on their rock, a place still without television or radio broadcasts.Headlines around the world had focused on the criminal case: pitcairn’s cloud of vice.But a more dramatic story lay buried in the thousands of pages piled high on a table partly shielding the Privy Council lords from the commoners facing them.
Pitcairn has lured dreamers and adventurers in the two centuries since Fletcher Christian and his tiny band of rogues and Tahitian wives found it the perfect hideout from a British Navy seeking to avenge one of the great maritime heists of all time, the mutiny on the The year was 1789, and the mutineers acted just 23 days after leaving the sensual pleasures of Tahiti.And now to this court, which would determine how her dream would end.Her last visit to London, in 1990, had been so heady and different.Two seats away from Kari Young sat a London writer named Dea Birkett, who had enraged the Pitcairners with her 1997 book, All the islanders cared about, one told Birkett, were “the three F’s—fishing, food, and fucking.” The two women did not exchange a nod all day.“Child Abuse on a Grand Scale”Even when one knows the great distances, it is not easy to comprehend the fullness of Pitcairn’s physical, social, and psychological isolation.
No airplane has ever landed on Pitcairn; no ship ever moored there.At age 12, she fell madly in love with Clark Gable in a movie theater in Norway.