The Miami Herald
May. 16, 2002

Widow of American slain in '73 blames U.S.

Case of journalist killed in Chile under Pinochet inspired movie

  SANTIAGO, Chile - (EFE) -- Joyce Horman, the widow of U.S. journalist Charles Horman, killed by Chilean soldiers 29 years ago in Santiago, said
  Wednesday that she was convinced of the complicity of U.S. officials in the murder of her husband.

  Horman's case inspired the 1982 movie Missing directed by Greek-born filmmaker Costa-Gavras.

  Joyce Horman told Chile's Radio Cooperativa from New York that the family found out through a Chilean ''who worked in intelligence'' that the decision to
  kill her husband was made by Chilean and U.S. military officers.

  The widow said that according to this agent, identified during legal precedings as Rafael González, the decision to eliminate Horman was made in the
  office of Gen. Augusto Lutz, then-chief of intelligence for the Chilean army, in the presence of a U.S. military officer.

  ''They decided Charles had to be eliminated because he knew too much,'' Joyce Horman explained, recalling that her husband was gathering information
  on CIA activity in Chile.

  González ''was present when they said Charles had to disappear because he knew too much, and he said there was a U.S. military officer in the room at
  the time,'' she insisted.

  Joyce Horman said that ''we went to court in the United States'' with that information ``to file suit against Henry Kissinger and other State Department

  Secretary of State Kissinger should cooperate, she insisted, because ''it's obvious'' -- according to documents declassified in June 1999 -- ``that he was
  deeply involved in relations with Chile.''

  ''It would have been impossible for a Chilean to kill an American without saying anything to U.S. officials in Chile during that time,'' Joyce Horman said.

  Horman was arrested at his home in Santiago Sept. 17, 1973, by a military patrol. His family found his body several weeks later buried secretly in a
  Santiago cemetery.