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Assassination of a SaintThe Plot to Murder Óscar Romero and the Quest to Bring His Killers to Justice$
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Matt Eisenbrandt and Benjamín Cuéllar

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520286795

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520286795.001.0001

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“There Must Have Been a Thousand Romeros”

“There Must Have Been a Thousand Romeros”

Final Interviews and Trial Preparation

(p.130) Thirteen “There Must Have Been a Thousand Romeros”
Assassination of a Saint

Matt Eisenbrandt

University of California Press

The chapter describes the legal team’s last trip to El Salvador before trial, during which they interview a witness who describes Archbishop Romero as a military target. The team prepares for trial by securing the testimony of several witnesses from El Salvador and the United States who can describe the overwhelming importance of Romero’s life and the profound loss of his death, which helped precipitate the start of the civil war. The team also speaks with a new contact, Gordon Ellison, who worked in the 1980s with the head of the Salvadoran Special Investigative Unit and accompanied officials on the original search for the getaway driver, Amado Garay. As trial approaches, the legal team decides to ask Garay to testify live at the trial.

Keywords:   trial, Ellison, special investigative unit, Garay

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