Deborah Dupré is a native of New Orleans who has taken it upon herself to report and shed light on censored human rights news stories. With both Science and Ed. Specialist Grad Degrees from U.S. and Australian universities, Ms. Dupré has been both a human and Earth rights advocate over 30 years in those countries as well as in Vanuatu. Her unique humanitarian-based research and development work, in some of the world’s least developed and most remote areas, led her to write articles appearing in dozens of popular print and Internet media internationally.
Ms. Dupré’s latest book is an eye opening account of non-fiction titled Vampire of Macondo. Deborah Dupré also writes for the Examiner.
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If you had to describe your book in two sentences, what would they be?
Vampire of Macondo exposes for the first time, in meticulous detail, crimes perpetrated in the Gulf of Mexico by the petrochemical-military-industrial complex (PMIC). The BP Gulf oil catastrophe is part of a continuing series of atrocities, cover-ups, and consequent human suffering by uncounted thousands of Americans that continue today.
Do you have a favorite line or excerpt from your current work?
Recently, Tom Jones commented under one of my human rights news articles about non-renewable energy impact on people. His comment about a simple form of action holds true for all the dirty, dangerous, corrupt elements of the non-renewable energy industry and it explains why I wrote Vampire of Macondo: “We must keep talking about this so the right people may hear of it!”
That’s why I wrote the Vampire of Macondo.
I, as well as many of my family members and close friends, paid a heavy price for living in South Louisiana’s Cancer Alley. I know what young Jessica Hagan was talking about in Vampire of Macondo,
“It’s ‘Very Scary’”:
“I’m having, I guess you can describe it as female problems,” the young Cajun with long, brown, curly hair and big brown eyes named Jessica Hagan said during a radio interview, hesitantly. (1)
“They’re rampant here, but I won’t go into that,” the 13-year-old added hurriedly, embarrassed.
‘Here’ is a community about as far south on Louisiana land as one can travel before entering the Gulf of Mexico. The little fishing village where Jessica lives is called Grand Isle.
“Nosebleeds are pretty regular now. It’s happening a lot. Everybody,” she said. “It’s happened to me.”
Gaining confidence during her radio interview, Jessica announced, “Lots of women are having miscarriages who never had problems before.”
Jessica was unknowingly concurring with reports by women in other Gulf communities after the April 20th Deepwater Horizon explosions over Macondo Prospect in the Gulf of Mexico began the world’s largest toxic chemical catastrophe in history. She was also bringing back my own nightmarish experiences of Big Oil feeding off of me.
Still, even today, 33 months after the Gulf coast genocide began, I cannot watch victims in my Vampire of Macondo book trailer without choking up. Every day, it’s still incredible to me that our corporate government orchestrated this evil against innocent Americans and left them to die with no aid or comfort.
In Vampire of Macondo, I couldn’t resist including some of what South Louisiana resident Margaret Curole told me in her strong Cajun dialect about one of the many thousands of dead and dying dolphins:
“We watched her push her dead baby with her nose around in circles, as though she didn’t know what to do. Then, she pushed her dead baby right up to us, as if asking us to bring it back to life for her.”
Nor could I resist lines about “Easy Rider.” Peter Fonda:
Peter Fonda, a big fan of sea life, didn’t take to Obama ordering him to shut up. Mr. Fonda told me about that at the Cannes Film Festival, at the world debut of The Big Fix that he’s in. He promptly wrote to Obama and told him he’s a ‘f…ing traitor.’
The next day, that news went viral. I understand Mr. Fonda paid the price for it, too. He did tell me he was proud of young Jessica Hagan for telling the world the truth about the genocide.
Also from this section in Vampire of Macondo are statements that NASA astronaut Dr. Brian O’Leary told talk show host David Gibbons:
“It is shocking to just see the immediate symptoms just a few months after the BP oil spill and to track this into the future and to project,” and “It’s very scary. We’re talking about long-term effects.” (2)
Other doctors and scientists concur with O’Leary, understanding that as bad as it already is for thousands of Gulf victims, the worst of this public health impact will be delayed. Many women already grieve after their losses while some, as highlighted in Vampire of Macondo, did not survive the abuse. Not only women and the unborn, but also men and children have perished, almost none recognized by mainstream press or others responsible for this crime.
What are five important things that you take into consideration while writing your story?
When writing, five important things I consider essential are:
1. As much as possible, quote victims of the human rights abuse exposed in the story.
2. Report the event within 72 hours of it happening, to ensure it qualifies as news.
3. Work to touch people’s hearts and sense of dignity since unfortunately, most Americans prefer to read celebrity news, see sex-oriented photos and read sensational stories rather than read real news, including human rights violations.
4. Write nothing unless is can be backed by reputable source documentation.
5. Empower the reader by providing resources and/or links leading to positive actions they can take to help halt the abuse exposed in the story.
Why should readers pick up your book?
As difficult as it is to believe for outsiders, who’ve only heard mainstream media reports about the “2010 BP oil spill crime,” up to 40 million Americans, Gulf coast adults and children called Oil Spill Children, are suffering and dying with no voice or humanitarian aid from their own government or fellow Americans.
Vampire of Macondo is the first book to detail human rights abuses of the Gulf of Mexico oil crime and ongoing cover-ups of that catastrophic event continuing through today. Although it took over two years to complete, Vampire of Macondo is still the only book detailing the human side of what is no less than the United Nations defines as a crime against humanity.
Not only that. Independent experts agree the worst of this crime is yet to come. The human toll will be higher than they initially predicted. Gulf poisons are spreading diseases throughout the nation because BP’s crude and Corexit have entered the food chain. Gulf seafood is shipped throughout the country. To survive and help their loved ones survive, people nationwide need to read Vampire of Macondo to know about the chemical poisoning that has been hidden from them through the “Safe Gulf” campaign.
Vampire of Macondo exposes far more than media, BP, the government and courts are telling about the historic Gulf oil catastrophic event that began Earth Day, 2010 and continues to destroy humans and the environment.
Knowing the ghastly suffering this crime has caused and is causing inspired me to work on this project. That knowledge also made this publishing project emotionally draining. It was those voiceless victims, however, that drove me two and a half years to ensure documenting every statement in the 450 pages with over 1000 references in this comprehensive book, Vampire of Macondo.
Honored in the book are survivors who have risked personal wellbeing and life to attempt to advocate human rights for Gulf coastal people: sick people, journalists, videographers, citizen reporters and a handful of legislators.
Vampire of Macondo is an “Excellent chronicle of one of the saddest and most tragic environmental abuses in USA history,” says whistleblower Hugh Kaufman, senior engineer and a former chief investigator for EPA Ombudsman’s office.
The book chronicles the catastrophe, from even before the event began, including Gulf of Mexico military tests scheduled at the same time as the blowout. According to psychologist Dr. Christof Lehmann, Vampire of Macondo includes research “meticulously enough to place responsibility where it belongs.” Attorneys are buying the book. One attorney representing Gulf victims has bought two cases of Vampire of Macondo.
Without public outcry from readers of this book, those really responsible for this crime will remain unknown, and unaccountable. They will continue the slow-kills with immunity and impunity.
“Vampire of Macondo is the chilling truth about a people who have become victims of their government’s war against its own people and peoples´ worldwide,” says Dr. Lehmann. “It is not only recommended reading for Americans. It is even more recommended reading and a stern warning for anyone in nations like the Philippines, Vietnam, South Korea, Laos, Myanmar, and people anywhere, where the U.S.A. is exporting its particular brand of freedom, democracy, security, and human rights.”
What was the turning point when you realized you wanted to write and share your voice with the world?
Within the first few days after the Deepwater Horizon exploded and the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico was wrecked, when there was no discussion or debate about the plan to carpet-bomb Corexit, I knew someone would need to be a voice advocating for the voiceless.
It was obvious to me from the start that adding this dispersant to the carcinogenic crude that was gushing from the ruptured ocean floor would result in far more human suffering than the crude alone. Within the first weeks, the human toll mounted higher than expected. It was “scary,” former NASA scientist astronaut Dr. Brian O’Leary said about the rapid rate of disorders people were suffering after the event began and the speed of mortality after exposure.
Having grown up in south Louisiana’s Cancer Alley, I, as well as many family members, paid a heavy price for that. I knew the gravity of young Jessica Hagan’s words and those of other victims I interviewed and quote in Vampire of Macondo.
What genres do you prefer to read? Which do you enjoy writing in?
When young, I regularly indulged in the great fictions that captivated the innocent spirit of youth. Now, as a human rights news reporter, staying up-to-date on rights violations consumes my reading time.
There’s no shortage of human rights violations. Many of these result from non-renewable energy assaults on Mother Earth. Readers, victims and other rights defenders email tips and stories to me, all worthy of reading and considering when I write.
Often, I find myself longing to write more children’s books. Often, I think I’ll do that when I’m more into my silver or golden years because writing children’s books is far easier for me. For now, my heart is in advocating for human rights of targeted individuals, prisoners and, of course, Big Energy victims.
What five things would you have with you at all times if you had to be prepared to take a trip at the drop of a hat?
1. Laptop and battery charger,
2. Cell phone,
5. My husband
(Not necessarily in that order.)
If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?
The conventional meaning of super power entails a nation state that disdains the Golden Rule on the pretext of a fictitious Exceptionalism. That can’t possibly be justified.
The only kind of super power I would have would be an enlightened people who would create a world based on happiness, peace and human need rather than hatred, violence and greed.
What footprint do you want to leave behind in this world?
I want to leave a footprint of compassion, the essence of human rights. The American dream has been shattered. Compassion and courage of Americans described throughout Vampire of Macondo, however, manifest determination and hope that help make it possible to restore and co-create a better world based on human rights.
 Michael Edward, Jessica Hagan Interview, Living Light Network, March 2011 cited in Dupré, Gulf people dropping dead: 13-year old Jessica Hagan explains child, adult Gulf Plague horror, Examiner, 26 March 2011: http://www.examiner.com/human-rights-in-national/gulf-people-dropping-dead-13-year-old-jessica-hagan-explains-child-adult-gulf-plague-horror-video
 Dupré, Censored Gulf News: Ex-Astronaut says Gulf Plague ‘shocking,’ ‘scary’, Examiner, 25 Feb. 2011: http://www.examiner.com/human-rights-in-national/censored-gulf-news-ex-astronaut-says-gulf-plague-shocking-and-scary#ixzz1mEiUMFLQ