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Old 11-18-2023, 03:33 PM
Location: Somewhere on the Moon.
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Today marks the 62 years anniversary of the Hacienda María crimes. They were perpetrated by Ramfis Trujillo, the dictador's son, against many that formed part of the complot that eventually lead to the killing of the dictator.

Ramfis Trujillo was in Europe when he got the call that he needed to return to Santo Domingo immediately. He wasn't told his father had been killed until after he landed at the San Isidro Air Base. It's well known that he asked a military general why they (the Dominican military) let his enemies kill him and the general responded "excuse me sir, he wasn't killed by his enemies, they were his closest friends." A manhunt took place for the surviving killers (or took part in the complot) by the Dominican military and the SIM. That caused them to go into hidding within Santo Domingo, but many were found.

These were captured (not all in the complot) and all tortured. Then they were taken to the Hacienda María in San Cristóbal. All were killed by the dictator's son as revenge for killing his father. Each one was tied to the trunk of a coconut palm (still exist.) From the balcony of the house, which had a straight view of the tree and beyond, Ramfis Trujillo killed them all by shooting them multiple times. Once they were killed, their bodies were dumped in the Caribbean Sea for the sharks to feast on.


Starting in the upper left: Pedro Livio Cedeño, Salvador Estrella Sadhalá, Huáscar Tejeda Pimentel, Luis Manuel Cáceres Michel (Tunti Cáceres), Roberto Pastoriza and Modesto Díaz.

Some of the streets in the Dominican Republic named after them.

In Spanish and in the Dominican Republic, if someone has an academic or military title, they could be included in the official names (university degree, art school degree, honorary title, military title) The only titles not recognized in the Dominican Republic are nobiliary titles which are inherited (such as king, queen, etc.) Titles can only be earned through merit or a heroic action that is recognize, they can't be inherited.

Gral = General
Ing = Engineer

Pedro Livio Cedeño (Santo Domingo)

Salvador Estrella Sadhalá (A major road in Santiago de los Caballeros)

Huáscar Tejeda Pimentel (Santo Domingo)

Tunti Cáceres (Santo Domingo)

Roberto Pastoriza (Santo Domingo)

Modesto Díaz (Santo Domingo)

A small monument marks the spot where dictator Trujillo was shot to death. He was heading to Hacienda María from Santo Domingo to San Cristóbal on the night of May 30, 1961. At that time the built up area of Santo Domingo ended more or less where George Washington Avenue meets Abraham Lincoln Avenue. The area in the photo was a deserted rural area. When the car he was being driven on was near this area, another car approached his and began shooting. Trujillo ordered his driver to stop the car so he can step out and shoot back. Eventuslly, the driver stopped in this spot on the road and Trujillo step out with a revolver ready to point and shoot at the other car. Trujillo was hit by several shots from a rifle, fell back the ground facing up and died. That marked the end of the Trujillo dictatorship.

This interview was done by a CBS American reported a few months before he was killed. Put attetion to 5:15 about "retirement."

This is Trujillo's house (what is left of it) in Hacienda María in San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic. That's the spot they were killed in 1961.
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