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

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Univ of California Press, Jan 24, 2017 - History - 256 pages
"A tale told well that provides valuable insights into the motives and modus operandi of the death squads in El Salvador, and of the financiers who commissioned and facilitated such crimes. It also highlights the difficulties that face those who pursue such cases many years after the crimes have taken place."—New York Review of Books On March 24, 1980, the assassination of El Salvador’s Archbishop Óscar Romero rocked that nation and the world. Despite the efforts of many in El Salvador and beyond, those responsible for Romero’s murder remained unpunished for their heinous crime. Assassination of a Saint is the thrilling story of an international team of lawyers, private investigators, and human-rights experts that fought to bring justice for the slain hero. Matt Eisenbrandt, a lawyer who was part of the investigative team, recounts in this gripping narrative how he and his colleagues interviewed eyewitnesses and former members of death squads while searching for evidence on those who financed them. As investigators worked toward the only court verdict ever reached for the murder of the martyred archbishop, they uncovered information with profound implications for El Salvador and the United States.
 

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Contents

The Search
97
Meeting Witnesses
104
The Continuing Hunt for Saravia
112
Afterword by Benjamín Cuéllar
169
Acknowledgments
177
Selected Bibliography
209
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Matt Eisenbrandt is a U.S-trained human-rights attorney who has devoted his career to finding legal means to prosecute war crimes. In the early 2000s, he served as the Center for Justice and Accountability's Legal Director and a member of the trial team against one of Óscar Romero's killers. Now based in Canada, Matt is a special consultant to Camp Fiorante Matthews Mogerman on the law firm's business and human rights cases. He is also a special advisor to the Canadian Centre for International Justice, where he previously served as Legal Director.


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