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'Santo Ernesto': The Curse Of Che Guevara - International - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News

Legendary Argentinian guerrilla fighter Ernesto "Che" Guevara was shot dead in Bolivia 40 years ago. Some worship him like a saint, while others credit him with the power to take revenge on his killers from beyond the grave.

The man who shot the most famous guerrilla fighter of all time lives in Bolivia's largest city, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, in a typical middle-class neighborhood. The street is quiet and located close to Avenida Paraguay, one of the main thoroughfares in the sprawling city. The man who lives here is 68 years old, white-haired and stocky. He once served in the military and was honorably discharged 10 years ago. The former soldier is married and has five children. He introduces himself to strangers as "Pedro Salazar," but his real name is Mario Terán.

It was Mario Terán who killed Ernesto "Che" Guevara 40 years ago on Oct. 9, 1967.

by Fran on Tue Oct 9th, 2007 at 11:55:20 PM EST
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