COLOMBIA: The Thin Man

For five months, military police and civilians had hunted in vain for un flaco con ojos de loco (a thin man with crazy eyes). Just before the murder of Liberal Leader Jorge Eliécer Gaitán (TIME, April 19), the thin man had been seen talking with assassin Juan Roa Sierra. If the thin man could be found (Assassin Roa was battered to death), it might be possible to discover who was behind Gaitán's killing.

Last week, after many a blind lead, the woman who had been Gaitán's secretary picked a man out of a line of scrawny suspects. Without hesitation she...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!