Radio Caller Confesses to 18 Murders

'The first time [I killed someone] I cried…The second time I liked it'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 16, 2015 5:45 PM CST
Radio Caller Confesses to 18 Murders
A radio caller shocked audiences by confessing to more than a dozen murders while serving as a Chilean soldier under Augusto Pinochet, seen here.   (AP Photo/Di Baia, File)

Listeners in Chile got a major shock last week when a 62-year-old bus driver named Guillermo Reyes called into a popular radio program to talk about his love life and ended up confessing to at least 18 murders, the Daily Beast reports. Reyes, going by the fake name "Alberto," told the host of Chacotero Sentimental he shot multiple people and then disposed of the bodies while serving as a soldier in General Augusto Pinochet's army. "We blew them up," Reuters quotes Reyes. "They fell apart. Nothing was left of them. Not even their shadow." Over the 17 years of Pinochet's rule, at least 3,200 civilians were killed. A thousand bodies still have yet to be found, the Guardian reports. An expert tells the Daily Beast that Reyes' interview is the first time dynamite has been mentioned as a method for "disappearing" Pinochet's enemies.

Reyes, who didn't appear to have any remorse for the killings, said he was conscripted into the Pinochet army young and then indoctrinated, the Guardian reports. “The first time [I killed someone] I cried," he said. "The second time I liked it." He defended his actions, saying soldiers who didn't follow orders were executed. “Let’s get back to the Italian,” the Daily Beast quotes Reyes, who repeatedly tried to return to the topic of an Italian woman he had slept with. The Guardian reports police traced the call and arrested Reyes Friday. He's now been charged with the murders of two men, members of Chile's socialist party who were arrested and held as political prisoners after Pinochet overthrew President Salvador Allende, in 1973. Their bodies have never been found. (A Massachusetts radio station received a very different surprise caller.)

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