"Sunday. I killed and buried my best friend today."
It would be one last youthful journey. A classic road trip across America, state by state. This was the Kerouacian dream of Raffi Kodakian and his closest friend David Coughlin. It would be the journey that would make them men.
The trip would never be completed. Within weeks David Coughlin was dead, killed at the hands of his friend, apparently as an act of mercy, whilst dehydrating in the delirious heat of the Chihuahuan desert. The journal that the pair kept details even these final awful moments although it throws up as many questions as it answers.
Why could the boys not escape from a canyon in which they were trapped, even though they were only yards from the road? And how could a young man kill his best friend, even in mercy?
In 'Journal Of The Dead' award-winning writer Jason Kersten travels deep into New Mexico searching for the truths behind a mystery that has left American profoundly perplexed. The result is a powerful true story of adventure, friendship and broken dreams.