Chilean veteran confesses on radio to murder during Pinochet era
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Chilean veteran confesses on radio to murder during Pinochet era

No one saw it coming.

What was supposed to be a love story turned out to be a murder confession when Chilean radio program Chacotero Sentimental (Loving Betrayal) received a call from a man named “Alberto” on Wednesday.

Alberto started with sharing his failing romance, but his story soon shifted to an anecdote of killing Socialist Party prisoners under the then military dictatorship led by Augusto Pinochet in the 1970s. He said that they used to bring the victims to the countryside prior to killing them.

“I participated in 18 executions. We shot them in the head and then blew up the bodies with dynamite. There was nothing left, not even their shadows,” Alberto said.

Moral conscience?

When host Roberto Artiagoitia reminded him of his moral conscience, Alberto said that his superiors would’ve killed them if they didn’t obey. The Guardian reported that in the 20-minute phone call, no remorse can be heard from Alberto’s voice as he’s narrating the horrific story.

“The first time (I killed someone), I cried but the lieutenant was saying, ‘Good soldier, good soldier, brave soldier.’ I liked it the second time. I enjoyed it,” he said.

He added that they also kill people who they find carrying guns. Although he didn’t give his full name, police were able to track him.

Guillermo Reyes Rammsy, a 62-year-old military official during Pinochet’s tenure, was arrested on Friday. He is charged of killing Freddy Taberna Gallegos and German Palomino Lamas, both from Chile’s Socialist Party, and is now being investigated by a human rights judge.

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