The arms had to come from the outside, I was told, because of the close scrutiny imposed by Trujillo on the removal of guns from military bases.
These controls kept the conspirators from obtaining their own weapons without awakening suspicion, despite the involvement in the plot of the Secretary of State for the Armed Forces, Gen.
However, when leading army officers balked at their elevation to the highest military rank, Amiama and Imbert said the honor bestowed upon them was too great and modestly demoted themselves to brigadier generals. In June, a car full of explosives blew up alongside Betancourts automobile during a Caracas Armed Forces Day procession, wounding the President and killing two others.Rafael Leonidas Trujillo Molina was the third of 11 children, born to lower-middle-class parents in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic, on October 24, 1891.After receiving an elementary education, he worked as a telegraph operator and a guard on a sugar plantation. His military career quickly progressed and by 1927 he was named commander in chief of the National Army.In 1927, he married Bienvenida Ricardo, with whom he had one daughter, Odette Trujillo Ricardo.This marriage ended in divorce in 1935, the same year he married Mara de los Angeles Martnez Alba, with whom he had been having an affair since about 1928. While successful in reducing foreign debt and fostering greater economic prosperity for the Dominican people, Trujillo and his heinous human rights abuses—including the murder of thousands of civilians—managed to escape rebuke from the international community for decades.