Dupont Circle in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Assassination of Orlando Letelier and Ronni K. Moffitt
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 Dupont Circle, District of Columbia, in Washington. Memorial is on Sheridan Circle Northwest east of 23rd Street Northwest, on the right when traveling west. The marker is between the sidewalk and Sheridan Circle, between the Romanian and Irish Embassies. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1607 23rd Street Northwest, Washington DC 20008, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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 Liberation of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg (about 400 feet away); George Washington (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dupont Circle.
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1. Assassination of Orlando Letelier and Ronni Moffit. 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 (Submitted on October 15, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.)
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.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 15, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 437 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 15, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. 3. submitted on October 16, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. 4. submitted on December 9, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 5. submitted on December 10, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 6, 7, 8. submitted on December 4, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.