Story pick: The Shah's son kills himself
The Pahlavi family of northern Virginia is a wealthy clan whose various offspring have been prominent in Washington society circles. But this is no ordinary rich family: These are the children and grandchildren of the former Shah of Iran, who was deposed in the Iranian revolution of 1980 and who set up shop in Fairfax County.
The Shah's younger son, Ali Reza Pahlavi, committed suicide at his home in Boston Tuesday, and Stephen Kinzer, the longtime New York Times foreign correspondent who now files for the Daily Beast web site, has put together the piece with the most sweep and perspective.
From the Kinzer piece: "This shocking act of self-slaughter was the latest violent tragedy in the long history of a family drenched in blood—first that of the Iranians it tortured and killed, then its own. It is a drama of Shakespearean dimensions. The shah once ruled Iran with an iron fist, but his family later paid dearly for his sins, echoing Hamlet's judgment that royal crime 'cannot come to good.'"
The Boston Globe's story has some of the biographical and police details missing from the Beast piece. And the family's government-in-exile web site provides a sad insight into the way exiled ruling families pine for their former status.
| January 6, 2011; 8:10 AM ET
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