Murder Mystery: Chile Exhumes Salvador Allende
Posted on May 24, 2011
A panel of forensic scientists will examine the remains of former Chilean President Salvador Allende, who either killed himself or was slain as forces loyal to all-around bad guy Augusto Pinochet stormed the presidential palace in 1973.
Pinochet went on to enjoy 17 years of tyrannical rule, which might explain why Allende’s death never got a proper investigation. —PZS
The official version is that Allende shot himself in the presidential palace as General Augusto Pinochet’s forces closed in on him during the 1973 coup.
But as his death was never formally investigated, some believe the military killed him and covered up the crime.
[...] With the Allende family’s blessing, a judge set up a panel of Chilean and foreign forensic experts that will try to clarify the circumstances surrounding the late president’s death.
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