“Dateline NBC”: Raul Julio Escobar Poblete and Ricardo Palma Salamanca linked in the kidnapping of Eduardo Valseca

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: In the terrifying case of the kidnapping of Eduardo Valseca in 2007, the real perpetrators were never caught, leaving the mystery unsolved and justice unserved. Among the suspects were Raul Julio Escobar Poblete and Ricardo Palma Salamanca, known criminals arrested for many other crimes.

These two were rumored to be connected to the abduction of Valseca but were never officially charged. Both men are currently serving 60-year prison sentences for their involvement in various acts of violence. Despite their arrests, the true identities of Eduardo Valseca’s kidnappers remain unknown, which continues to frustrate the Valseca family, who had to go through a difficult time without justice. “Dateline NBC” shines a light on this case again, as more exciting details and unknown facts emerge in its upcoming episode.

Who are Raul Julio Escobar Poblete and Ricardo Palma Salamanca?

Raul Julio Escobar Poblete and Ricardo Palma Salamanca are former members of the Manuel Rodríguez Patriotic Front (FPMR), a Chilean left guerrilla group active during the late 20th century, especially against the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. Escobar Poblete, known as “Comandante Emilio”, was a key figure in the FPMR and involved in kidnappings and attacks against the Pinochet government.

After the dictatorship ended, he moved to Mexico, where he continued his criminal activities, including the kidnapping of Eduardo Valseca in 2007. He was captured in Mexico in 2017, revealing his extensive involvement in organized crime. Ricardo Palma Salamanca, known as “El Negro”, was also involved in several high-profile assassinations.

Edward's kidnappers were never officially caught (@nbc)
Eduardo Valseca’s kidnappers were never officially caught (@nbc)

Raul Julio Escobar Poblete and Ricardo Palma Salamanca are said to be falsely linked to Eduardo Valseca kidnapping

Raul Julio Escobar Poblete and Ricardo Palma Salamanca were proposed as possible suspects in the kidnapping of Eduardo Valseca due to their criminal backgrounds and involvement in organized crime. However, there was no solid evidence directly linking them to the crime.

Despite extensive investigations, the real kidnappers of Eduardo Valseca were never caught. The authorities could not gather enough concrete evidence to bring anyone to justice. This lack of evidence left the case unsolved, and the real perpetrators remained unidentified and unpunished. Edward and his family never saw justice for the traumatic suffering they endured.

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Eduardo Valseca was kidnapped by Mexican thugs (@nbc)

Who kidnapped Eduardo Valseca?

Eduardo Valseca was kidnapped by a group of armed men in Mexico. The exact identities of the kidnappers remain unknown, but the incident occurred after Eduardo and his wife Jayne dropped their children off at school. The kidnappers ambushed their vehicle, forcibly removing them and taking Eduardo to a secret location.

During his seven-month captivity, Edward was kept in harsh conditions, beaten, and starved. Despite efforts by authorities and federal police, the kidnappers were never definitively identified or charged. Suspicion fell on a man linked to another kidnapping and who was once a trustee in the school that the Valsecas founded, but no conclusive evidence linked him to Eduardo’s case.

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Eduardo Valseca’s kidnappers were never caught officially due to lack of evidence (@nbc)

Where are Eduardo Valseca and his family now?

Eduardo Valseca and his family now live in a suburb of Washington. Sadly, Edward’s wife, Jayne, passed away from breast cancer four years after his kidnapping ordeal.

Despite the trauma they’ve been through, Eduardo is determined not to let the kidnapping define his future. He continues to focus on moving forward and maintaining a positive outlook on life.

Eduardo Valesca and wife Jayne Valsca faced foreclosure (@NBC)
Eduardo Valesca and wife Jayne Valsca faced foreclosure (@nbc)

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