Unravelling the ultimate political conspiracy

My friend Hadi Ghaemi sent me this with a note which said, “An account of real events just two years ago in Guatemala, that is so surreal and full of twists and turns, I don't think the minds of Borges, Garcia Marquez, Agatha Christie, with a dash of Salvador Dali, combined, could even conceive and produce such a bizarre and complex story.” Decide for yourself.

David Grann in The New Yorker:

ScreenHunter_06 May. 06 14.47 Rodrigo Rosenberg knew that he was about to die. It wasn’t because he was approaching old age—he was only forty-eight. Nor had he been diagnosed with a fatal illness; an avid bike rider, he was in perfect health. Rather, Rosenberg, a highly respected corporate attorney in Guatemala, was certain that he was going to be assassinated.

Before he began, in the spring of 2009, to prophesy his own murder, there was little to suggest that he might meet a violent end. Rosenberg, who had four children, was an affectionate father. The head of his own flourishing practice, he had a reputation as an indefatigable and charismatic lawyer who had a gift for leading other people where he wanted them to go. He was lithe and handsome, though his shiny black hair had fallen out on top, leaving an immaculate ring on the sides. Words were his way of ordering the jostle of life. He spoke in eloquent bursts, using his voice like an instrument, his hands and eyebrows rising and falling to accentuate each note. (It didn’t matter if he was advocating the virtues of the Guatemalan constitution or of his favorite band, Santana.) Ferociously intelligent, he had earned master’s degrees in law from both Harvard University and Cambridge University.

More here.