TheArt of Political Murder

Late one night in April 1998, just two days after Guatemalan bishop Juan Gerardi released a report about who was responsible for what during his country’s recently terminated civil war, someone smashed in Bishop Gerardi’s head. The crime launched a dizzying whodunit drama that successfully diverted attention from the report’s damning contents.

The cast of characters that emerged from the investigation of the killing included beady-eyed soldiers; a troubled priest; the priest’s aging dog, on whom some wanted to pin the killing; the indigents who were recruited as spies; the crazed Spanish scientist who tried to steal a thumb from the bishop’s cadaver; and a secret homosexual club for top government officials. During the investigation, threats were made against judges and witnesses were killed.

 

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