DECISION TO KILL THE MIRABAL SISTERS
quite a few factors that possibly led to the ever-arrogant and self-important
Trujillo's decision to have the Mirabal sisters killed. They posed a great
threat to his regime, as they had become well-known and admired all over
the island. No matter how many times Trujillo jailed them, no matter how
much of their property and possessions he seized, Minerva, Patria and Maria
Teresa refused to give up on their mission to restore democracy and civil
liberties to the island nation. The married Trujillo was known to have an
inclination for romancing young girls and had his many mistresses housed
in mansions scattered all over the island. At the 1949 celebration in San
Cristobal, Trujillo failed in his attempt to seduce Minerva. In his book
Tres Heroínas y un Tirano, Miguel A. García cites this
exchange between Minerva and the dictator as they danced:
Do you agree with my political ideology?
Politics don't interest me.
TRUJILLO: And what if I send my subjects to conquer you?
MINERVA: And what if I conquer your subjects?