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Assassination of a Saint: The Plot to Murder Óscar Romero and the Quest to Bring His Killers to Justice

Matt Eisenbrandt and Benjamín Cuéllar


In 1980, a death squad linked to business tycoons and military commanders murdered Archbishop Oscar Romero for denouncing widespread repression and poverty in El Salvador. Romero was known as the “voice of the voiceless,” and his criticism of the oligarchs who dominated the economy and the Security Forces that tortured and murdered civilians made Romero a military target. Two decades after his assassination, the Center for Justice & Accountability (CJA) found one of the conspirators, Álvaro Saravia, living in California and launched a wide-ranging investigation into the death squad and its fin ... More

Keywords: death squad, Romero, repression, oligarch, security forces, CJA, Saravia, liberation theology, D’Aubuisson, El Salvador

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780520286795
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520286795.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matt Eisenbrandt, author
Canadian Centre for International Justice

Benjamín Cuéllar, author