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Author McPherson, Alan L., author

Title Ghosts of Sheridan Circle : how a Washington assassination brought Pinochet's terror state to justice / Alan McPherson
Published Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2019]


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Contents The center of each other's world -- Himmler of the Andes -- Kill the bitch and you finish the spawn -- A rather unsavory past -- Stand up with me -- Some misguided sense of patriotism -- Homicide squad -- CHILBOM -- Letelier diplomacy -- Cueca sola -- Events are developing at such a rapid pace -- Prisoners, survivors, and judgment creditors -- Cover-up -- The ghost who haunts our Chile policy -- No more lies are to be told -- Fight until the end -- I'm not going to any jail -- The fear is over
Summary "On September 21, 1976, Embassy Row in Washington, D.C. shook from a car bomb explosion, the only act of state-sponsored terrorism in the city's history. The leading opponent of the dictator Augusto Pinochet, former Chilean ambassador to the United States Orlando Letelier, along with a U.S. colleague, Ronni Moffitt, died within minutes of the blast at Sheridan Circle, in the heart of D.C. Authorities determined that the assassination had been planned by DINA, the secret police of Chile. McPherson chronicles the nineteen-year investigation and prosecution of the Letelier case, which pitted Washington's investigative agencies and civil society against recalcitrant U.S. chief executives. The FBI, Department of Justice agents, and mid-level diplomats grew frustrated by the unwillingness of Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, and Reagan to confront Pinochet, an ally in the Cold War. Pledging to do their jobs, these federal agents allied with activists and with Orlando Letelier's widow, Isabel, to pursue the case no matter where it led--from the prisons of Venezuela, to Cuban-American bars in New Jersey, to the secret police prisons and Supreme Court of Chile. Working on the case from the 1970s to the 1990s, they secured convictions of all the killers of Letelier and Moffitt"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
SUBJECT Letelier, Orlando -- Assassination
Moffitt, Ronni Karpen -- Assassination
Moffitt, Ronni Karpen -- Assassination
Letelier, Orlando -- Assassination
Letelier, Orlando fast
Moffitt, Ronni Karpen fast
Subject Assassination -- Washington (D.C.) -- History -- 20th century
Assassination -- Investigation -- United States -- History -- 20th century
HISTORY -- United States -- 20th Century.
Assassination -- Investigation
Diplomatic relations
SUBJECT United States -- Foreign relations -- Chile
Chile -- Foreign relations -- United States
Subject Chile
United States
Washington (D.C.)
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781469653525