30 January 2015

Locked Room Mystery in Argentina

by Dixon Hill

There are times when I read something, and I think it would make an excellent post here on SleuthSayers.  Often, I try to post a synopsis of what I've read, adding information about it from other sources in order to round out the story a bit more.

When the originating source, however, is such a truly fantastic article that appeared in The New York Times, I find myself thinking that any attempt at a synopsis would simply be foolish.

There are those who may cry foul, claiming that I shirked my duty by doing what I'm about to do. While I, personally, would admit that I'm not submitting my own writing on this post today, which means my own work here on SleuthSayers is pretty short this time, I don't feel I'd be able to agree with the idea that I'm shirking my duty.

Drawing people's attention to a story such as this, is something I feel duty bound to perform.

Additionally, as you'll see, this is a real and quite contemporary locked room mystery of sorts -- though whether we'll ever see justice done, remains an open question.

To understand what I'm talking about, please click on this link HERE . You'll be taken to a page of The New York Times, and a story that -- in my opinion -- is must reading.  About something that happened far south of where you and I live, on the day when our nation was celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Sadly, this story is one of injustice to another group of people.  But, it's one I firmly believe you'll find worth reading.

Since I originally created this post, I saw that one national television news outlet had run a story about it.  I was on my way out the door at the time, so I didn't get to see what they reported, or how they handled the story.  On Wednesday, January 28th, I found an interesting follow-up article in The New York Times, which you can read HERE .



  1. Dixon, I’m glad you drew attention to this story. As suggested, it’s probably not a case of “if” Prosecutor Nisman was murdered but “how” he was killed, especially when suicide makes no sense.

    The history of oil is replete with murders and the Enron investigation brought about the supposed suicide of a man about to testify before Congress, J. Clifford Baxter. His body was rushed to the undertakers in the middle of the night where no serious investigation had been conducted, where it was washed and prior to Washington and Wall Street waking up and asking what the hell was going on. And, like Mr Nisman, he’d felt his life was in danger and even asked his lawyer if he needed to hire a bodyguard.

    So yeah, consider me highly dubious about the death of Alberto Nisman. I hope honest investigators succeed in uncovering the facts, and if the government of President Cristina de Kirchner has to fall, so be it.

  2. Dixon, NPR has featured this on several programs, and it is, as you said, a fascinating case. Don't worry about folks crying fowl. What do you think they say when I fill my SS day with cartoons?

  3. Stinks to high heaven. It's not quite as obvious a cover up as that of Salvador Allende of Chile (the "official" report was that he committed suicide with an automatic weapon), but, damn close...

  4. Reminds one of those colored men found hanging with their hands tied behind their backs… and the locals called it suicide.


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