The crime of murder unfortunately happens in all societies be they free or oppressed. It is a heinous crime that I believe is borne more of human failings than societal failings (see Genesis 4). But when a society is promoted as being “low crime” and almost utopian, that it has come close to conquering the human propensity to harm others, it can lure the innocent and the ignorant into a false sense of security.
Such is the case in Cuba. The Castro dictatorship has spent more than a half-century promoting Cuban society as a perfect society, a workers’ paradise where everyone is equal and everyone holds hands singing Kumbaya. In reality, Cuban society under the tyrannical yoke of the apartheid Castro dictatorship is a brutal place. A society where the ruling class brutally and violently oppresses the masses with liberal doses of torture and assassination. That has led to a society where human life has little value as everyone struggles to feed, clothe, and shelter themselves. A society where too many citizens have no qualms inflicting harm on another person if that act can provide them will a little comfort or eases the pain of their miserable existence.
Nevertheless, the Cuban dictatorship and its allies in the media and academia continue to propagate the false image of a “low crime” Cuba. It makes the dictatorship look good, and more importantly, it helps drive tourism to the island. Tourists like Lara Jones, a British teacher who thought she was vacationing on the Castro regime’s highly touted low-crime island. Instead, this young lady ended up murdered in her Havana hotel room, and it took the press more than a year to finally report this heinous crime.
Teacher who visited Cuba due to ‘low crime rate’ strangled in hotel room
A young British teacher, who travelled to Cuba after being advised it was a haven for female tourists, was ambushed and murdered in her hotel room in an apparently motiveless attack.
Lara Jones, 26, who was a highly experienced and cautious traveller, was attracted to the Caribbean island, by its boasts of enjoying the lowest crime rate in the Western Hemisphere.
But the linguistics graduate was strangled and smothered by a security guard who crept into her room at the former convent where she was staying in the Cuban capital Havana.
Her body was discovered by a maid and a hostel worker who became concern when she failed to turn up for an organised trip the following day.
The guard was arrested and later admitted the murder but has refused to give an explanation for the attack.
There was no sign of any sexual assault and nothing was missing from the room.
Details of Laura’s death, which occurred in March last year, emerged for the first time at an inquest, which heard how she “loved life and lived it to the full”.
Miss Jones, from Preston in Lancashire, had been educated at the privately run Westholme School for girls in Blackburn before graduating in linguistics at University College London then working as a teacher at EC London English Language School.
She was an accomplished skier and experienced traveller and in 2011 had spent several months in South America teaching English to local students.
She spoke Spanish and Portuguese fluently and had travelled extensively through Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, and Chile.
On January 4 last year she travelled to Mexico, before flying on to Cuba for a six day visit before she was due to return home.
Her family said she had planned her trip carefully with safety and security very much at the forefront of her mind.
Miss Jones had researched Cuba using the UK government website and various travel guides and was encouraged by reports of low crime.
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