Like a real life Grisham novel: A Guatemalan put a hit on himself in order to overthrow the government!
This story reads like a mystery novel, but it happened in real life. Rodrigo Rosenberg was a Guatemalan attorney. In May of 2009, he was shot 5 times at close range while he was out on a bike ride. Here's where it gets twisted: he had left a video to be played upon his death. In the video, Rosenberg said that the people responsible for his assassination were the Guatemalan President, Alvaro Colom and his wife.
Why would the President want to assassinate Rosenberg? Rosenberg had been involved in the case of a man named Khalil Musa, who had been assassinated along with his daughter a month earlier. Musa had been appointed to serve in Banrural, one of Guatemala's national banks. There, he had refused to participate in a money-laundering scheme that Colom wanted him to. Because of this, he was assassinated, Rosenberg said.
The video went viral and caused a national crisis. The president and the first lady were under heavy pressure from the accusations. Revolts and protests were the norm in the first few days after Rosenberg's video was revealed. The pressure was so high, that Colom called the United Nations to investigate the crime, so that there was no doubt of his innocence when it was resolved.
The United Nations detectives spent some time investigating the crime. What they found was one of the most intricate political conspiracies ever. It was something that had only existed in things like John Grisham's novels: Rosenberg had orchestrated his assassination in order to bring down Colom and his wife.
The UN discovered that Rosenberg had contacted his ex-wife's cousins, and asked them to arrange the killing. Rosenberg allegedly had a personal relationship with Musa's daughter and was depressed after her murder. He was also convinced that the government was involved, but couldn't prove it in court. Because of this, he decided to end his life, and attempt to bring down the government at the same time.
Or did he? Check out the source to get more information, including theories that dispute the UN investigation results.