Back in January a story about a physics professor who’d been profoundly unlucky in love caught my eye. I started to write about Paul H. Frampton, Louis D. Rubin Jr. Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, but in the end I felt sorry for him and chose not to write. I felt bad because he’d been thrown into a South American jail subsequent to his January 23 arrest at the Ezeiza Airport in Buenos Aires “after the drugs were found in his checked luggage en route to Raleigh-Durham International Airport.”
Extraordinary details of the events leading up to his arrest emerged – including a 10 day stay in Bolivia waiting for Miss Milani to join him for the start of a new life together before his fateful trip to Argentina.
An alleged emissary from the bikini queen, described as “a Hispanic-looking middle-aged man,” however, showed up to give the professor a suitcase and told him it belonged to the model. The Telegraph continues:
[Professor Frampton] told an Argentine newspaper he planned to take the suitcase to Brussels in Belgium for a new meeting with his internet girlfriend – but was persuaded by a friend to book a flight back to the US and forget Miss Milani after 36 hours in Ezeiza Airport when the ticket failed to arrive.
Understandably, the Buenos Aires police subjected the professor to a battery of tests designed to check for mental illness. Finding none, they threw him in the slammer.
Where he now languishes and where he recently demanded that his salary be more than doubled. Although he cannot meet his classes, he is, after all, in touch with his graduate students from South American stir: