October 24, 2000 |
Stopped by national guardsmen at a rural roadblock, the women were abducted, raped and murdered, each executed with a rifle shot to the head. The December 1980 killings of Maryknoll nuns Ita Ford and Maura Clarke, Ursuline Sister Dorothy Kazel and lay missionary Jean Donovan took place near the start of El Salvador's 12-year civil war, a conflict in which more that 75,000 civilians died. Nearly two decades after the deaths put a U.S.
January 20, 2000 |
The well-connected father and grandfather of a 9-year-old girl who was raped and killed were arrested Wednesday in a shocking case that has pitted wife against husband and outraged even violence-ridden El Salvador. Carlos Miranda, 58, a former lawyer for the once-powerful treasury police, is accused of raping and killing his granddaughter, Kathya, during an overnight stay at the family's beach property in April.
August 9, 1999 |
At 17, Gustavo Adolfo Morales is a legend--the hero of a rap song banned from the radio airwaves and the symbol of a lost generation. He has been convicted of murdering six people in a two-year reign of terror as a youth gang leader in this sweltering city in eastern El Salvador. Police suspect that he actually killed 17 people in all, but proving his guilt in the other 11 crimes would be academic.
May 14, 1999 |
Two U.S. lawmakers urged the administration Thursday to release documents that could aid a wrongful death lawsuit against two retired Salvadoran military officers, now living in Florida, who are accused of involvement in the killings of four American women in 1980. "Nineteen years is too long for anyone to wait for the truth about their loved ones' deaths," Reps. John Joseph Moakley and James P. McGovern, both Massachusetts Democrats, wrote in a letter to President Clinton.
July 23, 1998 |
Still professing his innocence, a third national guardsman convicted of raping and killing four American churchwomen in El Salvador walked free from prison as church leaders worried that the truth in the case may never be known. Daniel Canales has admitted being at the murder scene but has insisted he did not participate. Canales said the guardsmen who committed the Dec. 2, 1980, murders "were executing orders of superiors."
July 22, 1998 |
Sparking new controversy in one of the most publicized cases in the prolonged, costly U.S. involvement in Central America's civil wars, Salvadoran authorities on Tuesday authorized the parole of three of the five soldiers convicted of killing four American religious women in 1980. Luis Antonio Colindres, the sub-segeant who first confessed to the slayings, and Jose Roberto Moreno Canjura walked free after serving 17 years of their 30-year murder sentences.