Author(s): Marina Chapman
A young girl who is abducted and abandoned in the Colombian jungle. She spends five years living with a family of monkeys before being found and sold in to slavery. 'It all happened so quickly. One minute I was squatting on the bare earth, preoccupied with popping pea pods, and the next I saw a flash of black hand and white cloth. Then, before I even had a chance to cry out, it had sailed towards my face, and completely covered it...' In 1954, in a remote South American village, a four-year-old girl was abducted and then abandoned deep in the Colombian rainforest. So begins the incredible true story of Marina Chapman, who went on to spend five years alone in the jungle, her only family a troop of capuchin monkeys. Using instinct to guide her, she copied everything they did and soon learned to fend for herself. At around ten years old, a completely feral Marina was returned to civilisation by hunters, who sold her as a slave to a brothel. Beaten daily and groomed to be a prostitute, she escaped - to live the perilous existence of a Colombian city street kid. Marina's life as a wild child wasn't over. In some ways, it had only just begun. This is her astonishing story.
Luz Marina Chapman was born in Colombia, South America, around 1950. Her real date and exact location of birth are unknown. She has now made her home in Bradford, where she has lived since she was 27. Her greatest joy in life is being a grandmother to three, a mother to two daughters, and a wife of thirty-five years. Vanessa James is the youngest of two daughters born to John and Marina Chapman. Born in 1983, Vanessa is now living and working in London as a composer for film and television.