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Tuesday May 24, 2011

Remains of Chilean President Salvador Allende Exhumed: Suicide or Murder?

Remains of Chilean President Salvador Allende Exhumed: Suicide or Murder?

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Remains of Chilean President Salvador Allende have been exhumed to determine once and for all was it Suicide or Murder?  The remains of the socialist leader were exhumed Monday.

Almost forty years after the bloody 1973 coup that overthrew Chilean Socialist President Allende, the government of Sebastián Piñera has decided to put an end to 4 decades worth of gossip and urban myths surrounding the death of the leader violently replaced by general Augusto Pinochet.

The exhuming, approved by a Chilean judge, aims to clear up controversy over whether Allende killed himself, was taken down by a bullet shot from outside the palace, given a mercy shot by an associate after a botched suicide attempt, or was executed by Pinochet-led soldiers.

Allende, who perished during a military attack on the presidential palace Sept. 11, 1973, was removed from Santiago’s Central Cemetery and taken to a forensic medical facility.

Senator and renowned writer Isabel Allende as well as her family, believes the president killed himself as Gen. Augusto Pinochet, stormed the palace, as Allende had vowed not to be taken alive. We will soon find out if she is right.