DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Accident or Ambush?

On the grey, early morning of June 2, a truck was found smashed and burning in a ravine at El Número, on the coastal highway south of Ciudad Trujillo. Twisted in the gasoline-soaked wreckage were the bodies of six people. The wreck was listed as an accident by the Dominican government, and no details concerning an investigation were ever released.

Missing after the "accident" was the truck's owner, Porfirio Ramirez, commission merchant and member of a prominent Dominican family. Although the wreck and Ramirez' disappearance caused a stir in the Dominican Republic, the outside world heard little about it until...

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