To the bone

Indagan si osamentas en vía de la Calera son de víctimas del conflicto

CTI revisa si restos humanos serían arqueológicos o de víctimas de la violencia

Por: Blanca Gómez Gómez

15 de abril de 2018, 02:23 p.m.

El CTI inspecciona las obras de la Circunvalar, donde hubo hallazgos de osamentas, supuestamente ancestrales, en un tramo que pasa cerca de La Calera, Bogotá. Sin embargo, salió la hipótesis de que puede tratarse de una fosa común.

Este martes, funcionarios de la Fiscalía y la Policía Judicial iniciaron las investigaciones para determinar si lo encontrado en la fosa corresponde a restos arqueológicos o pertenece a personas desaparecidas años atrás y que serían víctimas del ‘Bloque Capital’ de las Autodefensas.

Empleados de la Concesión Capitalina, firma que está a cargo del proyecto, fueron quienes hallaron al menos 50 osamentas en “buen estado”, que hace presumir que no serían tan antiguas como se creía en un principio. En un comunicado, la Concesión Capitalina, por medio del programa Arqueología Preventiva manifestó que encontraron los restos óseos de seis individuos prácticamente completos, cuatro incompletos, y cerca de 50 cráneos en entierros múltiples. También 100.000 fragmentos de cerámica, cinco vasijas, 20 vasijas completas pero fragmentadas, 20 vasijas incompletas, 50 caras de figuras, collares y piezas talladas en piedra.

Sin embargo, los restos fueron hallados a poca distancia de la superficie, lo que llamó la atención de los miembros de la Fiscalía que adelantan las pesquisas. “Tenemos entendido que los restos han sido hallados a 80 centímetros, 60 centímetros y hasta a 20 centímetros de la superficie donde estamos pisando. Probablemente no tengan tantos años”, dijo uno de los funcionarios. El ente investigador autorizó a una antropóloga del laboratorio de Identidad Humana de la Fiscalía para que realice las pruebas pertinentes a los hallazgos.

04/15/2018

Today something weird happened: I was called by an agent from Identidad Humana, and they were asking me to help out with the identification of those bones they found a few days ago on the La Calera road. It’s curious, because I don’t even specialize in forensic anthropology (I suspect they wanted some external ‘expertise’), but I said yes anyway out of curiosity. I’ve never had the chance to get this close to the real stuff. After all these tiresome interviews about upper-middle-class sensibilities, I felt like I deserve some action. So I went there and met with a Police officer and a doctor. They gave me a short introduction about the proceedings thus far and showed me the grave. It was really all just sand and bones and parts of vases, and from the way they looked, this was clearly not an archaeological site. Even a beginner like me could tell that the vases where from different periods and peoples, so clearly just thrown in there for decoration. They hadn’t yet dug out all the bones, so W., the police officer, drove me and the doctor to the morgue where the other remains we stored. Dr. Castillo then explained to me how to tell whether a pelvic bone belonged to a man or a woman (those of women are wider…). While I’m not sure how much I can really help with this, there was something I found. As we were organizing the bones and skulls according to colors (that’s the first hint that they could belong to the same person), I heard a clacking noise in one of the skulls. It had a hole right between the eyes, and the clacking belonged to a bullet. It’s so obvious, and yet so strange. There’s clearly no way someone died a natural death with a bullet hole between his eyes. I’ve never felt anything like this before. At that moment I realized this was a real human skull, a skull that once belonged to a living being. It’s a weird sensation, seeing these bones, smelling them, taking them up to examine them for more bullet holes. This is such a different perspective on the conflict. Like, this is real. Real people get hurt by this shit. I mean, of course I knew this, but I don’t think I understood the full meaning of it until I looked at that skull today. The doctor said we should get the bullet examined, as this would allow us to determine who shot it, and the approximate timespan, which we could then compare to the bones.

When I got onto the bus home, a solider passed me by super close. I still don’t get how people can have such an inexistent notion of personal space. He was mumbling something like “Donde manda capitán, no manda carabinero”, or something like that. It all happened so fast, but I think I saw the escudo on his arm said something of autodefensas. Weren’t they supposed to be gone?

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Anna, te estaré esperando a las 7pm en el campo de tejo La 76. Trae la bala y no llegues tarde, o si no… 14:27

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Ya que no viniste, tocará encontrar otra manera. Te advierto que no es buena idea ir contándole eso a la prensa. 11:13

04/17/2018

I’ve received threats. I don’t know who’s behind them, and most of all, I don’t understand why. It’s not that finding the remains of some victims of the conflict will still shock anyone, anymore. I mean, the families of these people will probably be shocked, but other than that, conflict-related victims are barely any news. Which is why it is so difficult to get people to be moved by this. Still, I’ve been trying to get hold of some of my old friends who had been part of the Amnesty chapter at the university to tell them about the bullet, but they’ve all gone on to do other things. I also called El Tiempo, to talk to this Blanca Gómez who wrote the first article about the remains. But at the paper they told me there was no-one working there by that name.

Even if this had anything to do with the strange soldier, the autodefensas are not exactly known for their discretion. They kill(ed) in order to make statements, to scare those still living into obedience. Their massacres have scarcely been about the people that were actually slaughtered, and much more about the show of force. So it doesn’t make much sense to dump bodies into mass graves like the one we found. Should these be more falsos positivos?

Spoke to W. about the whatsapps I’m getting. He’ll check who’s behind it. I seriously wonder where these people got my number from.

Capturado ladrón tras intento de robo a extranjera

Por: Redacción Capital

18 de abril 2018, 01:25 p.m.

En la madrugada de este miércoles se realizó la captura de un hombre señalado de ingresar y robar un apartamento en Chapinero que pertenece a una ciudadana australiana. Los hechos se presentaron a las 11:40 p.m. del martes en una residencia localizada en la Carrera 4 con Calle 54, de acuerdo con la información que entregó el capitán Wilmer Díaz, comandante encargado de la zona.

Al parecer, vecinos de la zona alertaron al cuadrante sobre el robo, y varios uniformados acudieron a la residencia donde se presentó un cruce de disparos y una persecución, trás la que se pudo evitar el hurto. Se recuperaron los elementos hurtados, entre ellos un computador, un diario y una bala, según indicó la víctima.

Cabe señalar que el delincuente venía intimidando a la australiana por mensajes de whatsapp. El detenido será puesto a disposición de la Fiscalía para su debida judicialización.

Hallado otro cadáver en vía de la Calera

No hay claridad sobre la identidad del muerto

Por: Redacción Capital

18 de abril 2018, 05:45 p.m.

En la vía a La Calera, sentido sur-norte, a la altura de las excavaciones arqueológicas, fue hallado un cadáver sin identificar. Personas que en horas de la mañana de este sábado transitaban por el lugar vieron el cadáver y de inmediato informaron a las autoridades. En el sitio hicieron presencia varias patrullas de la Policía que procedieron a inspeccionar la zona.

Hasta el momento se desconocen las causas de la muerte, informó un investigador judicial. La unidad de criminalística de la Policía se encuentra realizando las diligencias del levantamiento del cadáver, que será trasladado a las instalaciones de Medicina Legal para ser identificado y establecer las causas del deceso.

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Te dejé un pequeño mensaje. Espero que entiendas. No te metas más en esto, o no tendré otra opción que asegurarme de que ya no vayas a contarle nada a nadie. 08:02

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Anna, esperame en tu casa. Te tengo noticias sobre lo de ayer. 11:37

04/20/2018

It’s her! The dead body they found close to the excavation site. It’s Blanca Gómez. This just doesn’t make any sense. Why kill a journalist for a note that isn’t even particularly specific? Also, Dr. Castillo has disappeared. He doesn’t answer his phone, and we couldn’t get hold of his wife, either. The neighbors told W. they left with big bags, supposedly to the airport. Everybody disappears. I don’t understand how I ended up in this. A few weeks ago I was just doing some interviews, and now I’m afraid for my life! I feel watched, and I think I’ve seen other fake-soldiers on my block. Can this be true?

W.’s offered to stay with me to protect me from whoever it is we are up against. All the things he’s been doing for me: he found out about that number, he saved me from that robbery, he told me about Blanca Gómez. He’s such sweet guy and really the only one I can trust right now. Unless—

+57 317 807 45 42 (Wilmer Díaz)
Ya voy en camino. 19:45

 

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