Dr. Death alive in Chile?

What do you bet this sick sonofabitch was used by the Pinochet regime, too?

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre believes Aribert Heim is in Patagonia, where his daughter is known to live.

The centre has sent representatives to the region to pursue the search.

Heim is said to have documented the victims he tortured and killed at Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria during World War II.

He is accused of killing Jews using exceptionally cruel methods. According to Holocaust survivors, he performed operations and amputations without anaesthetic to see how much pain his victims could endure.

Injecting victims straight into the heart with petrol, water or poison were said to have been his favoured method at Mauthausen.

“In the last few days we’ve received information from two different sources, both relating to Chile, which we think have very good potential,” said Efraim Zuroff, director of the Israel office of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre.

The group has put up a 315,000 euros ($495,000; £250,000) reward for information leading to the arrest of Heim.

“His crimes are fully documented by himself, because he kept a log of the operations that he carried out,” Mr Zuroff said.

“He tortured many inmates before he killed them at Mauthausen, and he used body parts of the people he killed as decorations.”

The article goes on to note that US forces detained Heim after the war, but he was never charged. How they could have missed him, I don’t know–the Nazis were all meticulous record keepers, so much so that they used IBM punchcard machines to keep track of which of their victims went to which KZ.

They also note that if still found alive, Heim would be 94 years old. Far as I’m concerned, no fascist torturer is so old that he can expect to elude prosecution. Maybe that worked for Pinochet, but it shouldn’t be repeated. Especially since Heim could very well have worked for the Chilean dictator; Nazi-style abuses, perpetrated by actual old Nazis, were not unheard of in those days.

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