Grim mystery unfolds in Central America
Four top Guatemalan police officers were killed in their jail cells Sunday, after they had been arrested on suspicion of assassination of three El Salvadoran legislators a few days earlier, according to the Los Angeles Times (http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-guatemala27feb27,0,2550461.story?coll=la-home-headlines).
There are suspected connections between the officers and criminal organizations, although no definitive evidence has been brought forth.
Their are conflicting reports of how the officers were killed. Some say a commando unit broke in and killed them, some say inmates did the killing. The head of El Salvador's police said that the killings were to silence the officers in order to protect a very powerful criminal organization.
On Febr. 19, three El Salvadoran legislators and a driver, who were in Guatemala for an economic conference, were found dead in a burning vehicle, their bodies severly charred and riden with bullets. The three slain El Salvadoran legislators were members of the right-wing National Republican Alliance, including the 32-year-old son of the party's founder. Officials are unsure why the legislators were killed. Some have said that the legislators had ties to drug traffickers and a business deal had gone awry. Others say the legislators were mistaken for somebody else.
According to an AP report, the Sunday killings of the Guatemalan officers led to an inmate riot, although the inmates claimed not to be responsible (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17350430/).
The Times article begins with a teaser lead, then goes into a short chronology of events, not bringing up Sunday's killings until the third paragraph. The Times article discusses the many different theories involving both murders, supporting the points with quotes from both El Salvadoran and Guatemalan police officials. It makes very sure that most of the information is conjecture based on initial assumptions. The problem with the article is that it confusingly tries to tie the two killings together by mixing chronology. It is very hard to follow which murder its following. The AP article does a much better job of being clear and succinct. It goes more in depth about the Sunday murders and separately brings up the Feb. 19 murders later on.