Before I went to Viet Nam in 2012, I had been told by Don Luce, about a prison island used to imprison Vietnamese political prisoners.  Mr. Luce was an American who worked in Viet Nam for twelve years during the war.  The prison was started by the French and handed over to the United States and the new government of South Viet Nam in 1954/55.  Approximately 20,000 prisoners disappeared on the island.  The brutality equalled that of the Hanoi Hilton, but was in operation long before the latter.  At the time of the Paris Peace Accords in 1973, there were 400 women prisoners.  I managed to interview 16 former prisoners of that island.  It was and still is so notorious that there is an association of former prisoners of the island.   The beatings and many tortures they endured still effect them today.  Many are crippled, some went insane, and all carry the scars of years of torture on that island.  I managed to go there with my assistant, Vuong, and we did so without any assistance from or oversight by the Vietnamese government.  I was able to check and compare their stories with what was in real life on the ground.