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Assassination of Orlando Letelier and Ronni K. Moffitt

 
 
Assassination of Orlando Letelier and Ronni K. Moffitt Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, October 15, 2016
1. Assassination of Orlando Letelier and Ronni K. Moffitt Marker
Inscription.
Justice – Peace - Dignity

Orlando Letelier
Apr. 13, 1932 – Sept. 21, 1976

Ronni K. Moffitt
Jan. 10, 1951 – Sept. 21, 1976

 
Location. 38° 54.709′ N, 77° 3.026′ W. Marker is in Sheridan-Kalorama, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Sheridan Circle, NW, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. The marker is between the sidewalk and Sheridan Circle, between the Romanian and Irish Embassies. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2306 Sheridan Circle, NW, Washington DC 20008, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Gilded Age (within shouting distance of this marker); Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (1881-1938) (within shouting distance of this marker); Philip H. Sheridan (within shouting distance of this marker); Eleftherios Venizelos (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. Philip Jaisohn, 1864-1951 (within shouting distance of this marker); Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Liberation of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg (about 400 feet away); The Arts in Sheridan-Kalorama (about 500 feet away).
 
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1. Assassination of Orlando Letelier and Ronni Moffit
Assassination of Orlando Letelier and Ronni K. Moffitt Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, October 15, 2016
2. Assassination of Orlando Letelier and Ronni K. Moffitt Marker
The marker is roughly in the middle of the photo, with the Romanian Embassy in the background.
. Marcos Orlando Letelier del Solar (April 13, 1932 – September 21, 1976) was a Chilean economist, Socialist politician and diplomat during the presidency of Salvador Allende. As a refugee from the military dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet, Letelier accepted several academic positions in Washington, D.C. He was assassinated by agents of DINA, the Pinochet regime's secret police, in 1976, in collaboration with members of the Coordination of United Revolutionary Organizations.

Letelier was killed by a car bomb explosion on September 21, 1976, in Sheridan Circle, along with his US co-worker, Ronni Karpen Moffitt. Her husband Michael Moffitt, was injured but survived. Several people were prosecuted and convicted for the murder. Among them were Michael Townley, a U.S. expatriate working for DINA, General Manuel Contreras, former head of the DINA, and Brigadier Pedro Espinoza, also formerly of DINA. Townley was convicted in the United States in 1978 and served 62 months in prison for the murder, but is now free as a participant in the United States Federal Witness Protection Program. Contreras and Espinoza were convicted in Chile in 1993. General Augusto Pinochet, who died on December 10, 2006, was never brought to trial for the murders, despite evidence implicating him as having ordered them.
(Submitted on October 15, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.)
Assassination of Orlando Letelier and Ronni K. Moffitt Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, October 15, 2016
3. Assassination of Orlando Letelier and Ronni K. Moffitt Marker
The remains of flowers and other memorials left on the anniversary of their death on September 21 can still be seen to the right of the marker.
 

2. Memorial Honors Letelier, Moffitt At Sheridan Circle Where They Died. By Colman McCarthy, Washington Post, September 21, 1981. (Submitted on December 4, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Categories. PoliticsWars, Non-US
 
Assassination of Orlando Letelier and Ronni K. Moffitt Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 2, 2013
4. Assassination of Orlando Letelier and Ronni K. Moffitt Marker
Assassination of Orlando Letelier and Ronni K. Moffitt Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 2, 2013
5. Assassination of Orlando Letelier and Ronni K. Moffitt Marker
Orlando Letelier image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 17, 2016
6. Orlando Letelier
Ronni K. Moffitt image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 17, 2016
7. Ronni K. Moffitt
Orlando Letelier and Ronni K. Moffitt image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 17, 2016
8. Orlando Letelier and Ronni K. Moffitt
1981 Monument designed by Ned Echeverria
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 250 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.   3. submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.   4. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   5. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page was last revised on December 15, 2016.
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