Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Mexico's Version of the JFK Assassination

That would be the murder of PRI presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio in Tijuana in 1994. Discovery released a documentary of the event this week challenging the (universally disbelieved) version that Colosio's killer worked alone. Virtually everyone, including the makers of the documentary, assumes he was killed because of the threat he represented to Mexico's political system. An ex-intelligence officer who worked the case has also come forward with doubts as to the identity of the triggerman, an anti-government misanthrope from Michoacán named Mario Aburto. Because of discrepancies related to his youth schooling and subsequent studies in prison, the former CISEN employee wonders if the person serving time for murdering Colosio is, in fact, Mario Aburto. That seems a pretty flimsy piece of evidence, but it is an illustration of the tornado of confusion and disbelief surrounding the episode.

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