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Entire village suspected of mayor's murder
The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | January 19, 2007 | by Fiona Govan

Posted on 01/19/2007 7:37:54 AM PST by aculeus

Miguel Grima was not a well-liked man. As mayor of a tiny hamlet in the foothills of the Pyrenees in northern Spain he had ruffled a few feathers.

The farmers turned against him when he put a stop to the centuries-old custom of herding livestock through village.

The hunters got annoyed when he refused to issue them with shooting licences and the local drinkers revolted after he prevented the settlement's only bar from setting out tables on the terrace in summer.

He had repeatedly received anonymous threatening letters and reportedly told friends recently that he feared for his life and he was considering standing down as mayor of Fago at the next election.

So last Friday evening when he failed to return home from a late council meeting in a nearby town, his wife took his absence seriously and contacted police. advertisement

The next day the battered body of Mr Grima was discovered in a roadside ditch. He had been shot at least four times in the head and chest at point-blank range.

Police believe Mr Grima was the victim of a meticulously planned ambush involving at least three perpetrators and, in a move worthy of an Agatha Christie murder mystery, the police are considering the entire population of the village as suspects.

Fago, the second smallest village in the province of Aragon, comprises fewer than 90 stone-built residences tightly packed on cobbled streets around a 16th century Romanesque church, a stone's throw from the ancient pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela.

Always quiet in the winter months, the place resembles a ghost town as this week the majority of the 37 permanent residents have been taken in for questioning by the police and have had to give DNA samples.

Those who own property for use as a weekend getaway or holiday home are also being sought. Although no official statement has yet been given, the Guardia Civil have indicated that they strongly believe those responsible for the murder of the 50-year-old mayor bore a grudge over his policies in the village.

There is no shortage of contenders. During his 12 years in office, the mayor, a member of the conservative Popular Party and the owner of the village's only guest house, had been involved in almost four dozen individual court cases with homeowners in Fago.

He had taken out injunctions to prevent people making home improvements and closed down a bed and breakfast because it competed for business with his own establishment.

Mr Grima had even incurred the wrath of the parents of the only two children living in the village by banning basketballs and shooting hoops in the village's only flat area - the central plaza.

The most public battle in recent times came about after the mayor imposed taxes of almost 400 euros a month on outdoor tables at Fago's only drinking establishment – the Casa Moriega bar – an amount locals consider high for an isolated village which attracts only a modest number of visitors in summer.

To protest against the prohibitively high tax, the owners of the bar hung a huge banner on the facade of the building stating: "Fago is not Madrid, not Paris, not London... Fago is not New York."

Santiago Miramar, the only villager who would comment on this week's events, said there were few in Fago who didn't consider themselves an enemy of the mayor.

"He was an unpleasant man who ran this place like his personal kingdom. He made life difficult for most of us but for a select few he made life impossible," he said.

Another villager, who refused to be named because he had been told by a judge that no one was to speak publicly while they were under suspicion, said: "Revenge is a dish best served cold. I'm not saying anything more than that."


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The village of Fago in Spain: mayor murdered Police are considering the entire population of the village as suspects

1 posted on 01/19/2007 7:37:55 AM PST by aculeus
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To: aculeus

It Takes A Village?


2 posted on 01/19/2007 7:41:22 AM PST by Jack Wilson
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To: aculeus

Thanks, but I've already seen this one.

3 posted on 01/19/2007 7:41:41 AM PST by martin_fierro (FAGO!)
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To: aculeus

I remember this from The Simpsons; Maggie did it.


4 posted on 01/19/2007 7:42:40 AM PST by Oratam
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To: aculeus

It would be interesting to know how the mayor kept his position for 12 years even though all of his constituents hated his guts. I guess it must be an appointed position.


5 posted on 01/19/2007 7:44:49 AM PST by vbmoneyspender
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To: aculeus

Sic Semper Tyrannis


6 posted on 01/19/2007 7:47:53 AM PST by FroedrickVonFreepenstein
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To: Jack Wilson

So what's the problem? People got rid of an insufferable martinet little dictator. Hope there's plenty "I didn't see nothin', officer".


7 posted on 01/19/2007 7:48:00 AM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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To: aculeus; dead; dighton
Beautiful.
8 posted on 01/19/2007 7:49:04 AM PST by AnnaZ (I keep 2 magnums in my desk.One's a gun and I keep it loaded.Other's a bottle and it keeps me loaded)
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To: aculeus
Have they been visited by an old lady, recently?


9 posted on 01/19/2007 7:49:42 AM PST by cartan
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To: aculeus
It takes a village to murder a mayor?

Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

10 posted on 01/19/2007 7:52:19 AM PST by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: aculeus

Fago is not New York,for which Mayor Bloomberg may be eternally thankful.....:)


11 posted on 01/19/2007 7:52:42 AM PST by late bloomer ( Neglegere homo pone aulaeum. semi-retired warlord)
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To: aculeus

How'd this little nazi keep getting re-elected?


12 posted on 01/19/2007 7:55:32 AM PST by HamiltonJay
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To: aculeus

Trust no one. Suspect everyone. No one is to leave town.

13 posted on 01/19/2007 7:56:03 AM PST by Enterprise (Drop pork bombs on the Islamofascist wankers. Praise the Lord and pass the hammunition.)
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To: HamiltonJay
How'd this little nazi keep getting re-elected?

"It doesn't matter who votes, it is who counts the votes." --- Stalin

14 posted on 01/19/2007 8:01:57 AM PST by Dan(9698)
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To: martin_fierro

That book was the first thing that popped into my mind when I saw the headline :)


15 posted on 01/19/2007 8:02:05 AM PST by highimpact
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To: aculeus
One scarcely knows where to begin:

Mayor Grima (wormtongue)
Fago (Lago)

What a tyrant. One has to wonder how he got elected, and how he stayed in office after using his office to ruin his business' competitor.

16 posted on 01/19/2007 8:02:51 AM PST by lafroste (gravity is not a force. See my profile to read my novel absolutely free (I know, beyond shameless))
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To: aculeus

The mayor was the only real human in the village,the rest of the population were robots and they rebeled, I saw this on the "Twilight Zone" 40 years ago.


17 posted on 01/19/2007 8:03:30 AM PST by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for SSgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: aculeus

Maybe the next mayor will actually represent what the people want.
We had a revolution once.


18 posted on 01/19/2007 8:09:07 AM PST by sheana
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To: AnnaZ

Just imagine what a jerk the guy he beat out in the last election was.


19 posted on 01/19/2007 8:10:33 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: aculeus

Anyone else remember Skidmore, Missouri?


20 posted on 01/19/2007 8:15:47 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: aculeus

Elections? We don't need no stinking elections!


21 posted on 01/19/2007 8:17:26 AM PST by biff
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To: dead
LOL.

If there were elections, I imagine they must have been Saddam-like.

Let's make the movie. Except that, sadly, it's already been done...

: \

22 posted on 01/19/2007 8:18:37 AM PST by AnnaZ (I keep 2 magnums in my desk.One's a gun and I keep it loaded.Other's a bottle and it keeps me loaded)
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To: aculeus; LA Woman3

pinging Ray Nagin...


23 posted on 01/19/2007 8:21:54 AM PST by Ellesu
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To: aculeus

Sounds like he was voted out of office.
There's a lesson here, somewhere.


24 posted on 01/19/2007 8:24:01 AM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: SoFloFreeper
Anyone else remember Skidmore, Missouri?

I do. Here's some information for those who don't know about it.

Skidmore received national attention for the 1981 shooting death of town bully Kenneth Rex McElroy. Although the killing occurred in broad daylight in front of the D&G Tavern, none of the townspeople would come forward to say who did it.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken_Rex_McElroy

www.crimelibrary.com/notorious_murders/classics/ken_mcelroy/22.html

25 posted on 01/19/2007 8:31:55 AM PST by DumpsterDiver
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To: lafroste
Yeah, hard to believe someone like that kept winning elections. Maybe Rahmirez Emmanuelo was his campaign director?

MIGUEL GRIMA, PREMORTEM

(Gee, he doesn't really look like a bullying anal-retentive control freak, does he?)

26 posted on 01/19/2007 8:32:30 AM PST by leilani (Dimmi, dimmi se mai fu fatta cosa alcuna!)
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To: aculeus
Very interesting... I'm thinking Colonel Mustard in the library with a revolver.

Not completely on-topic but here's a plug for one of my favorite films: Waking Ned Devine. Here's the wikipedia plot summary:

When word reaches Jackie and Michael, two elderly best friends, that someone in their fictional tiny Irish village of Tullymore has won the national lottery, they go to great lengths to find the winner so they can share the wealth. After a chicken-dinner plot to narrow down their list of suspects, they pay a midnight visit to the only absentee: Ned Devine. They find Ned in his home, still holding the ticket in his hand, a smile on his face and dead of shock. Jackie is later convinced by a dream that the deceased Ned wants to share the winnings. After discovering that the winnings are far greater than anticipated, Jackie and Michael are forced to involve the entire village in order to fool the claim inspector. The villagers enter a pact to pretend that Ned is alive and well, by having Michael pose as him. However, one villager decides not to enter the pact and attempts to blackmail the entire village by reporting the fraud and winning ten percent of the lottery share. However, later in the story she apparently dies in a car accident when the claim inspector's car spins out of control and forces an oncoming van to crash into the phone booth she is using to report the fraud. The money is shared amongst the villagers.
27 posted on 01/19/2007 8:36:02 AM PST by philled ("Enshrine mediocrity and the shrines are razed."-- Ellsworth Toohey)
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To: aculeus

"Unintended Consequences"

Dictators and tyrants forewarned.

The hogs are eating well lately in Fago.


28 posted on 01/19/2007 8:36:46 AM PST by woollyone (a man self-deceived is twice deceived)
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To: aculeus
The Spanish using Romanian term limits?

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

29 posted on 01/19/2007 8:38:19 AM PST by wku man (Claire Wolfe's "awkward time" is quickly coming to an end!)
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To: aculeus

He had been shot at least four times in the head and chest at point-blank range.

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Why suspect the people? It's obvious to anyone that a gun was responsible for this death. I say: Arrest all the guns in the town and put them in jail.


30 posted on 01/19/2007 9:20:28 AM PST by Joan Kerrey (Believe nothing of what you hear or read and half of what you see.)
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To: dead

Just imagine what a jerk the guy he beat out in the last election was.
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LOL, good one


31 posted on 01/19/2007 9:21:42 AM PST by Joan Kerrey (Believe nothing of what you hear or read and half of what you see.)
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To: DumpsterDiver

Sort of like when those WWII veterans in Athens, TN threw out the corrupt sheriff. It involved dynamite, IIRC.. :p


32 posted on 01/19/2007 9:28:25 AM PST by Constantine XIII
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To: aculeus
What's Spanish for "recall election"?

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure. -- Thomas Jefferson

33 posted on 01/19/2007 9:53:36 AM PST by AZLiberty (Tag to let -- 50 cents.)
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To: martin_fierro

My first thought on seeing the headline was "Does the Orient Express stop in that town?"


34 posted on 01/19/2007 10:01:43 AM PST by Mr. Silverback ("Safe sex? Not until they develop a condom for the heart."--Freeper All the Best)
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To: Constantine XIII

Please tell me you know where I can find out more about that incident.


35 posted on 01/19/2007 10:09:32 AM PST by Mr. Silverback ("Safe sex? Not until they develop a condom for the heart."--Freeper All the Best)
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To: aculeus
Fago... 90 stone-built residences tightly packed on cobbled streets around a 16th century Romanesque church... 37 permanent residents... only two children living in the village...

They missed the real story.

The story here is there are 90 houses in a village of 37 people with only 2 children. It's not just the mayor who is dying, it's the village - and Spain itself!

With a birth rate of 1.28 and a replacement rate of 2.10, the entire country is doomed. The Moors will be the new owners.

36 posted on 01/19/2007 10:14:55 AM PST by Gritty (The demographic reality is, Europe is running out of Europeans with deathbed fertility rates-Mk Stey)
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To: Constantine XIII
Oops, just found it...on fR, no less:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1084874/posts

Dang, somebody needs to make a movie out of that.

37 posted on 01/19/2007 10:16:39 AM PST by Mr. Silverback ("Safe sex? Not until they develop a condom for the heart."--Freeper All the Best)
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To: Emmett McCarthy
So what's the problem? People got rid of an insufferable martinet little dictator.

I guess in Spain they don't elect mayors or something. Instead, someone appoints them, and if the people don't like him, they just murder him.

Glad I live in the States.

38 posted on 01/19/2007 10:18:04 AM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: philled
Not completely on-topic but here's a plug for one of my favorite films: Waking Ned Devine

That is one of my all-time favorites as well. What an absolute gem!

39 posted on 01/19/2007 11:31:08 AM PST by AnnaZ (I keep 2 magnums in my desk.One's a gun and I keep it loaded.Other's a bottle and it keeps me loaded)
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To: aculeus

Very weird. I can't figure out how he got elected for what was obviously more than one term. The PP is the conservative party, so perhaps everybody automatically votes PP there? That would be unlikely in Aragon - but possibly the other candidate had ETA ties, since ETA wants to take over Aragon and Navarra as well, and it could be that there was really no other option for the locals to vote for. He sounds like Bloomberg, to me...


40 posted on 01/19/2007 11:48:32 AM PST by livius
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To: Mr. Silverback

That would pretty much rock.

The amazing thing is what happened in the end, though.

The sheriff didn't even leave town, he ended up selling used cars or something. XD


41 posted on 01/19/2007 11:52:43 AM PST by Constantine XIII
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To: leilani

Geez...he looks like my cousin Bernie.


42 posted on 01/19/2007 11:57:32 AM PST by Pharmboy ([She turned me into a] Newt! in '08)
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To: aculeus
The next day the battered body of Mr Grima was discovered in a roadside ditch. He had been shot at least four times in the head and chest at point-blank range.

Looks accidental to me.

43 posted on 01/19/2007 12:04:06 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: aculeus

Another villager, who refused to be named...said: "Revenge is a dish best served cold. I'm not saying anything more than that."

Sounds like the Klingons are taking over!!!


44 posted on 01/19/2007 12:12:31 PM PST by Levante
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To: aculeus

I thot "Fago" was the Detroit soda?


45 posted on 01/19/2007 12:15:12 PM PST by Snickersnee (Where are we going? And what's with this handbasket?)
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To: Billthedrill
The next day the battered body of Mr Grima was discovered in a roadside ditch. He had been shot at least four times in the head and chest at point-blank range.

Looks accidental to me.


Nope. I'm thinking a Vince Foster-style suicide...
46 posted on 01/19/2007 12:15:18 PM PST by philled ("Enshrine mediocrity and the shrines are razed."-- Ellsworth Toohey)
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To: aculeus
"...recently that he feared for his life and he was considering standing down as mayor of Fago at the next election."

Are you sure he isn't the Mayor of San Francisco?

47 posted on 01/19/2007 12:40:10 PM PST by albee (Okay. so he missed aThe best thing you can do for the poor is.....not be one of them. - Eric Hoffer)
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To: aculeus

Justice has been served. If only the citizens in the U.S. were as brave.


48 posted on 01/19/2007 12:54:18 PM PST by dljordan
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To: philled

Uh-oh...so what did Mr. Grima know about Hillary, do you suppose?


49 posted on 01/19/2007 1:10:27 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Pharmboy
Geez...he looks like my cousin Bernie

Ya think? Hmmm. You may be onto something there. Might explain why such an insufferable little crank could look so preternaturally cheerful...

RIP

50 posted on 01/19/2007 2:15:29 PM PST by leilani (Dimmi, dimmi se mai fu fatta cosa alcuna!)
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