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The Art of Political Murder. Who Killed the…

The Art of Political Murder. Who Killed the Bisshop? (2007)

by Francisco Goldman

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This book details the murder of Bishop Gerardi, a Guatemalan prelate killed in 1998, and the investigation into it as well as the trials resulting from the investigation. It offers the killing of Bishop Gerardi as a paradigmatic politically motivated murder, an extrajudicial execution as ordered and carried out by the Guatemalan military with at least the acquiescence of the highest civilian authorities. It is an engrossing read, and one which illuminates much of violence in Central America, past and present. ( )
  nmele | Apr 6, 2013 |
Superb writing reveals the horror, impunity, and violence of the politically motivated murder of human rights defender Bishop Juan Gehardi, as well as the strange cover-up and and search for justice ( )
  Spectra | Dec 27, 2011 |
a fascinating book about the murder of a bishop in guatemala. this book recounts all of the details surrounding the case and trial. the only disappointing thing is that it still leaves a lot of questions unanswered, and i think there are elements of the case that are still ongoing and people that still need to be brought to trial. i hope there's a follow up. ( )
  shannonkearns | Jan 8, 2011 |
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Bishop Juan Gerardi, Guatemala’s leading human rights activist, was bludgeoned to death in his garage on a Sunday night in 1998, two days after the presentation of a groundbreaking church-sponsored report implicating the military in the murders and disappearances of some two hundred thousand civilians. Realizing that it could not rely on police investigators or the legal system to solve the murder, the church formed its own investigative team, a group of secular young men in their twenties who called themselves Los Intocables (the Untouchables). Known in Guatemala as “The Crime of the Century,” the Bishop Gerardi murder case, with its unexpectedly outlandish scenarios and sensational developments, confounded observers and generated extraordinary controversy. In his first nonfiction book, acclaimed novelist Francisco Goldman has spoken to witnesses no other reporter has reached, and observed firsthand some of the most crucial developments in the case. Now he has produced The Art of Political Murder , a tense and astonishing true detective story that opens a window on the new Latin American reality of mara youth gangs and organized crime, and tells the story of a remarkable group of engaging, courageous young people, and of their remarkable fight for justice.

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Details the story of a group of engaging and courageous young people known as Los Intocables and their fight for justice, in an account of the murder of Guatemalan bishop Juan Gerardi, the country's leading human rights activist.

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