Is Camilo’s killer your Neighbor? Curiouser and Curiouser–the Huber Matos/Camilo Case
Babalu friend and Dan Rather/Gregory Craig nemesis, Pedro Porro, got an intriguing e-mail and sent it out to his list (with the e-mailer's permission):
"Enrique, one thing he [Huber Matos] does not talk about (in his recent Herald interview) is how he allowed himself to be apprehended without a fight.
"Matos is related to my mother from Veguitas. I heard the story from Antonio Rodríguez, a Rebel Army Captain and a family friend, that left soon after the Matos episode. Supposedly, Camilo had convinced Matos to surrender as part of a ploy to use him as bait for some possible contras that were plotting to kill Fidel. Right after apprehending Matos, Camilo flew back in a Cessna 310, formerly owned by the Babuns. Camilo's plane disappeared; however, there was also another plane, a Sea Fury flying along the northern coast by Caibarién. The Sea Fury pilot was Tomás Domínguez of the Fuerza Aérea Rebelde. Domínguez, who was from my hometown was also trained as a pilot by my father, prior to joining the Rebels. When Domínguez landed in Camagüey, where he was based, the plane's guns had been fired and the seals blown off. He claimed he was just target shooting dolphins. My father, who knew Domínguez from childhood, asked him when he came to the US, "Did you kill Camilo?" His reply was vague and defensive. "If I say anything I know, they will find out and have me killed here."
"The Cuban tragedy still has too many unsolved mysteries, some true and some myths, all part of the black hole that is the history of our sad island.
"I am sure Matos would not talk about being taken for a fool. My father died convinced that it was the truth and so did Antonio Rodríguez."
Me again: That Camilo's plane was shot down is not exactly front-page news for many. But the possible presence of the trigger man in our midst ("Tonight on Maria Elvira Live! The man who sent Camilo to Sleep with the Fishes!") and the possible motive for the Matos arrest definitely intrigue and certainly merit more study.