The Miami exile who led the mission to capture Ernesto ChÃ© Guevara in the jungles of Bolivia is auctioning a treasure trove of memorabilia from the iconic figure’s last days.
Among the items for sale: A lock of ChÃ©’s long, wavy hair snipped minutes before the rebel leader was buried in a common grave 40 years ago.
”It’s time for me to put the past behind and pass these on to someone else,” said Gustavo Villoldo, 71, a now-retired grandfather, who led the joint CIA-Bolivian army mission to stop ChÃ©’s aspirations to duplicate a Cuban-style revolution.
Villoldo has preserved a large scrapbook of his controversial assignment, but one he is proud of.
Villoldo, a Bay of Pigs veteran whose role in ChÃ©’s demise is confirmed in unclassified secret documents, considers ChÃ© a cold-blooded killer partly responsible for his father’s shattered life and suicide in the wake of the Cuban Revolution which brought Fidel Castro and ChÃ©, his right-hand man, to power.
Read the rest of the story here. Kind of weird to make money off of a dead murderer. But then again, those other murderers–Fidel Castro and his band of thugs–have been making millions off of Cuba’s pain and suffering.