Umberto Jara offers new revelations in the reissue of “Abimael, El camino del Terror”: read here an excerpt from the book

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Following the success of the publication, the writer Umberto Jara, together with the Planeta publishing house, they decide to make the second edition of the book “Abimael: The Path of Terror” with two new chapters where he reveals the secrets that the police found in the house where the terrorist was captured, the secret life of the senderista leader and all the details surrounding his death in a maximum security prison.

Likewise, this book provides information on the crime of Abimael’s first wife, Augusta La Torre, and the actions that the senderistas carried out to disappear her body.

Here we share a fragment of the chapter on the death of Abimael Guzmán:

An inhabitant of darkness

They found him lying on the clinical bed that had been installed in the Maximum Security Detention Center of the Callao Naval Base. She was wearing a beige jacket, lead pants, blue socks, a disposable diaper, and a “gold ring on the fourth finger of the right hand.” The official record noted “death occurred at 6:40 in the morning of September 11, 2021.” In the middle of the afternoon, the prosecutor Julio García Romero and the medical examiner Daniela Ramos Serrano complied with the protocol for removing the body. At dawn on September 12, the day that commemorates his final capture, autopsy No. 326-21 carried out in the central morgue of Callao reached an explicit diagnosis: «It is concluded that the death of Manuel Rubén Abimael Guzmán Reinoso (86 years) is due to bilateral pneumonia caused by a pathological agent ”.

Weeks earlier, on July 14, the geriatrician Severino Crispín Espinoza had recommended auxiliary examinations and specialized care for the decline in his health and the head of the detention center, Captain Ricardo Devoto Gagliardi, requested his transfer to the hospital of the Naval base. His medical history showed his usual ailments: polyarthrosis, gastritis, heart failure and psoriasis – the disease that accompanied him throughout his life – and also the causes of his recent deterioration: hyporexia – the clinical name for loss of appetite. urinary tract infection, headache without pauses and low back pain with marked pain in the base of the back attributable to the fact that “the patient reported having suffered a breech drop a week ago.” No one came to visit him. On August 5, he was discharged with notice that his physical condition would continue to decline, mainly due to his reluctance and lack of appetite. His guards prepared a clinical bed for him in the prison that he inhabited, for the tranquility of Peru, in the last twenty-nine years.

When the news of his death spread, suddenly, as a natural act of the collective soul, massive and painful memories of the years of crimes, destruction and desolation that this man caused with his insane revolutionary disorder at the head of his bloodthirsty Shining Path organization. One of the most surprising memories was that of trying to understand how this man could be submerged in the darkness of hiding for long thirteen years, between 1979 and 1992, without anyone being able to find his whereabouts. His previous traces were not very visible either because his taciturn character and the subversive germ of his activities led him to silence. Even so, before disappearing, he was captured several times and always released because, at that time, no one managed to understand or prevent the fatal risk of his work. On June 21, 1969 and July 24 of the following year, he was prosecuted for “the crimes of Attack on the Armed Forces, Outrage against the Nation and its National Symbols, Against the Constitutional Order and State security (manufacture of weapons and explosives), devastation and damage to public and private property “, but protected by the patronizing pretext of being a” social fighter “, he only served a few months of imprisonment. After minor arrests for riots in the city of Ayacucho, on February 7, 1979, the State Security Directorate placed him at the disposal of the Judiciary for crimes against public tranquility, rebellion and against property, but the permissive mood of The judges granted him a conditional release that served to plunge into absolute secrecy and fifteen months later to start the merciless war and betrayal of terrorism. The last and faint trace that was had of him was the discovery of his identity document among the rubble of the police post in the town of Vilcashuamán, Ayacucho, killed on August 22, 1982, by a Senderista squad that left seven policemen murdered.

Secrecy was the essential resource that Abimael Guzmán knew how to use effectively and, with the passage of time, he would take advantage of it to implement a propaganda ruse with which he could invent an aura of elusive presence as if he had a gift of ubiquity capable of allowing him to be present, at the same time, everywhere.

For his transfers in the city and, even, for some trips to the interior of the country, he used the trick of disguises and the supplanted identity. The day he was finally captured after a search that took twelve years of fright, the police discovered that he was wearing wigs, various glasses, a pipe and an identity document – an electoral book at the time – with the name of Fernando Cervantes Aguilar. The specific data were LE No. 00805150 and address at Calle Alcanfores No. 193, Miraflores. Both were false data from the origin because when their captors complied with verifying it turned out that number 193 did not exist in Miraflorina Alcanfores street, and the number of the identity document corresponded to the electoral district of Moyobamba whose office reported that it was part of a batch of fifty electoral notebooks returned to the central office in Lima for showing defects.

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