December 26, 1991 |
The nation's capital awoke Christmas morning to discover that the city record of killings had been broken for the fourth straight year. Two fatal shootings Tuesday brought the 1991 murder count to 485, two more than the 483 recorded in all of 1990. FBI statistics last year made Washington the nation's homicide capital. This year's 484th homicide victim was found at 8:10 p.m. Tuesday, authorities said, and another man was found fatally shot in the chest three hours later.
September 24, 1991 |
Former secret police chief Manuel Contreras was arrested in Santiago in connection with the 1976 assassination of exiled Socialist leader Orlando Letelier in Washington. Acting on a court order, police also arrested Contreras' deputy, Pedro Espinoza, who was chief of intelligence operations under former military ruler Augusto Pinochet, Interior Ministry officials said. Contreras and Espinoza are wanted in the United States for masterminding the slaying of Letelier with a car bomb.
June 23, 1991 |
Manuel Contreras. The name brings back cruel memories in Chile, nightmare scenes of persecution, torture and murder. For many Chileans, Contreras was to dictator Augusto Pinochet what Heinrich Himmler was to Adolf Hitler. Unlike Himmler, however, the once-feared chief of Pinochet's secret police is alive, well, free and reportedly prosperous. A retired army general in good standing, Contreras lives these days on a secluded ranch in southern Chile.
December 5, 1990
James Bias, 20, brother of University of Maryland basketball star Len Bias, was shot in the back and killed after an argument at a jewelry store in suburban Washington, police said. They said a suspect had surrendered. Len Bias, 22, died June 19, 1986, of cardiac arrest after snorting cocaine.
November 24, 1990 |
A 17-year-old student and two other people were killed in the District of Columbia on Friday, bringing the number of homicides in 1990 to 436--a record for the third consecutive year. The spiral of violence that began in 1986 has now claimed 1,661 lives in the city. The killings have continued to increase despite evidence that drug use in the city--the prime reason for the wave of intensified violence--is declining.
October 29, 1990 |
About two dozen Ku Klux Klan members paraded through the nation's capital shouting "white rights for America" as counterdemonstrators several blocks away hurled rocks, bottles and bricks at police, injuring at least seven officers. The police phalanx succeeded in keeping the members of Christian Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, who traveled here from North Carolina, isolated from about 2,000 counterdemonstrators.
September 11, 1990 |
A Cuban exile who had been a fugitive for 12 years until his arrest last spring pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring to kill a former Chilean diplomat who died in a 1976 car bombing on Washington's Embassy Row. Jose Dionisio Suarez Esquivel admitted participating in the conspiracy to murder Orlando Letelier, who died with associate Ronni Moffitt when a bomb exploded beneath their car on Sept. 21, 1976.
May 13, 1990 |
A Chilean official said Saturday that his government has reached agreement with the United States to pay compensation for the 1976 killing of a Chilean opposition figure and a U.S. associate in Washington. The "agreement in principle" came Friday in a meeting between Chilean and U.S. officials in Washington, acting Interior Minister Belisario Velasco said. He gave few details on the agreement.
January 7, 1990 |
A mother has pleaded guilty to murdering her two small children and attempting to kill a third while under the influence of crack cocaine, a published report said Saturday. Padrica Hill, 29, pleaded guilty Friday to one count of first-degree murder while armed, one count of second-degree murder while armed and one count of unarmed assault with intent to kill, the Washington Post reported.
December 13, 1989 |
President Bush signed legislation Tuesday to provide an additional 700 police officers for the District of Columbia, where drug-related violence has given the city the title "murder capital." He also signed a law to require all schools that receive federal aid to have anti-drug education programs. It provides federal grants to establish such initiatives in at-risk school districts. Both measures are aimed at escalating the nation's war on drugs. The President earlier signed the bulk of an $8.