Chile From Within

How Victor Jara died, last minutes

Posted in chile, Chile culture, Chile military, Fuck you, mierda, Pinochet, Santiago by tomasdinges on May 27, 2009

The mystery of who killed famed Communist singer-songwriter Victor Jara seems to be almost resolved, or at least says the compiled judicial testimonies released in Chilean court today and an elaborate recounting of his last minutes by Jacmel Cuevas, writing for Ciper Chile, an investigative journalism site. For the first time a group of officers surrounding his death has been identified. Also, the details of Jara’s last minutes are detailed as is the story of how his body was found dumped outside a cemetery, spirited away and anonymously buried by loved ones. 

It places into doubt previous testimony blaming the death of Jara on Edward Dimter Bianchi.

On September 17th, after four days of imprisonment and multiple sessions of torture in a basement room in Estadio Chile, with a swollen face and fingers fractured by the butt of a rifle, Jara was shot by a low-ranking officer on a round of Russian roulette, with the barrel of the revolver resting against the temple. Jara’s body fell to the floor on its side, convulsing, said José Alfonso Paredes Márquez, an 18-year-old military conscript on guard duty who witnessed the above events and testified to Judge Juan Eduardo Fuentes recently.

Jara’s body was then shot again 43 times by the conscripts there, including by the person who is making this testimony. There were 44 bullet wounds in his body, according to the autopsy.

The ranking officer, Nelson Edgardo Haase Mazzei sat behind an interrogation desk and observed. This is according to the singular testimony of Paredes Marquez, who began his obligatory military service in five months earlier.

Paredes Marquez is currently 55-years-old, lives in the Central Coast region of Chile, and works building houses.

Haase, in testimony, denied that he was present in the Estadio Chile. Testimony of officers and soldiers, compiled by the judicial case and the investigation by CIPER, contradict Haase and place him in Estadio Chile during the time of Jara’s death. The name of the man who first pulled the trigger is not in the Ciper account.

Yesterday, Paredes Marquez was arrested by the Chilean judge. Last year, César Manríquez Bravo, the commander of the Estadio Chile prisoner complex, was arrested for being the responsible officer at the time.

On April 23, 2007, Haase, who owns a company that makes wooden crates for shipping wine, participated in a charity golf tournament in a team made up of other retired military officials. They are pictured below.


Guillermo Garin, Juan Lucar, Richard Quaas, Nelson Haase

Guillermo Garin, Juan Lucar, Richard Quaas, Nelson Haase (not pictured in order)

In a telephone interview with La Nación newspaper Haase declares that he doesn’t like soccer and has never stepped foot in Estadio Chile (now re-named Estadio Victor Jara.) Haase said he was in an undisclosed location in the south of Chile at the time.

En una conversación telefónica con La Nación, Haase desmiente siquiera haber pisado el Estadio Chile.

-Algunos conscriptos lo mencionan a usted como quien dio la orden de asesinar a Víctor Jara en el Estadio Chile.

-Yo nunca estuve en el Estadio Chile y no conozco a ese caballero (Víctor Jara).

-Pero usted sí fue oficial del Ejército.

– Sí, estuve en el Ejército.

-¿Y estuvo en Tejas Verdes?

-Yo he estado en muchas partes.

-¿Y en el Estadio Chile?

-Yo nunca he estado ahí. No lo conozco. Ni siquiera me gusta el fútbol.

-No me refiero al estadio como recinto deportivo, sino de prisioneros.

-Nunca estuve ahí.

-¿Por qué cree que estos conscriptos lo señalan a usted?

-No tengo idea de lo que me habla.

-¿Dónde estaba usted el 15 de septiembre de 1973?

-En el sur.

-¿En qué parte del sur?

-Eso a usted no le importa.

-Seguramente será citado a declarar

-Mire, no sé por qué estoy hablando esto con usted, pero responderé a quien corresponda si es una llamada oficial.

Yesterday, La Nación asked Paredes Marquez a question in the hallways of the Chilean courts, did Haase give the orders. Paredes Marquez nodded his head.

“Si estando en el pelotón que ultimó a Víctor Jara, Nelson Haase Mazzei era quien daba las órdenes, José Paredes Márquez, albañil y obrero de la construcción, asintió con su cabeza afirmativamente.

Haase continued his military career as a confidant of Manuel Contreras, head of the DINA, and was the commanding officer of the clandestine detention center of the “Cuartel Bilbao,” according to CIPER.

Names of officers and soldiers mentioned in article 

comandante (r) César Manríquez Bravo

Manuel Contreras Sepúlveda

Marcelo Moren Brito

capitán David González Toro

capitán Germán Montero Valenzuela

conscripto José Alfonso Paredes Márquez

Nelson Edgardo Haase Mazzei

Rodrigo Rodríguez Fuschloger

Arturo Viveros

teniente Pedro Barrientos

conscripto Francisco Quiroz Quiroz

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  1. NOTES » Victor Jara said, on June 11, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    […] LATER NOTE: Anyone unfamiliar with this matter should check here and here. […]

  2. WhoCares said, on June 14, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    I care as much about a commie being killed as I do a nazi. They all deserve death.

    • tomasdinges said, on June 25, 2009 at 1:52 am

      Yeah. I think all extremists should be killed.

      • Whocares2 said, on July 30, 2009 at 6:45 pm

        Thanks for agreeing with me. 🙂

      • truckingman said, on January 12, 2011 at 12:42 am

        ….and your position isn’t extreme? Murder? Lack of tolerance or compassion? Boy, I’d hate to disagree with YOU…..

    • Daphne Vogel (@CrackinFoxy) said, on October 11, 2012 at 1:07 am

      You’re probably a troll looking for laughs, and I’m three years late. But seriously – you have nothing better to do with your time? I can think of several non-profits looking for volunteer workers.

  3. […] nom de celui qui a donné l’ordre de tirer les 44 coups de fusil ayant servi à achever Jara : Nelson Haase Mazzei, l’adjoint de Manuel Contreras, le chef de la célèbre Dina, la terrible police politique de […]

  4. Satan the Destroyer said, on September 2, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    “All extremists should be killed.”

    I hope that guy is trying to be funny. Because if not, I hope someone teaches him about the concept of tragic irony.

    I have another quote for you: “Blessed be the warmongers, for they shall inherent the earth.” The commies, as usual, will only live from the grave. But the nice thing about folks like tomasdinges and Whocares is that when people like them die, afterwards, there is not much worth remembering.

  5. Eduardo said, on September 14, 2009 at 4:45 am

    Victor was not an extremist or a terrorist. A very gentle and talented man who sang for more social justice.

  6. Linda said, on November 29, 2009 at 7:22 am

    like Eduardo said, he was a socialist but before that he was a believer in humanity. Something the country was lacking in that period of time.

  7. […] is a rare interview of Víctor Jara by Nicomedes Santa Cruz, done just a few months before Jara was killed. They are both important people, and if you do not know about them it is easy to find […]

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  9. samuel said, on May 25, 2014 at 2:15 am

    que vivan las putas. Jesus era hijo de puta. la virgen Maria era putita. no existio un angel Gabriel

  10. samuel said, on May 26, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    yo creo de verdad que fue el angel Gabriel que le enchufo el pico a la virgen Maria. viva el pene del angel.los weones terroristas creen que un taxista judio se follo a la judia Maria.san Jose santo lindo. pues estaba muy contento que su mujer llegara a casa c0ntenta y culiada. Mmm quiza fue el weon que manuals burrow?

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  12. Tapas Mukhopadhyay said, on July 31, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    Being a communist singer who paraded with song for Alende election should be won. Jara publicized with his songs for Alende.He was a communist the only reason Pinochetwho feared of spectre of communism like you the westerns.

  13. The Heroic Death of Folksinger Victor Jara said, on September 16, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    […] Other versions recounting Jara’s death tell a slightly different story.  Reportedly, he was tortured in a basement for several days.  From the torture, he had a swollen face and his fingers that used to play guitar were fractured by the butt of a rifle.  A low-ranking officer then spun the chamber of a revolver and killed Jara in a round of Russian roulette. […]

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