Hello, my pretties! How are you all doing? Well, I hope!
Here I am again to talk to you all. I haven’t posted anything last week for March 8th, as I was on call at work, and it was a very busy day. Not bad, just busy. But I still felt that I needed to write something about it. I thought a lot about what I should write, and decided I’d share about a woman from my country, a woman who was and is an inspiration to many of us.
Zuleika Angel Jones (nee Zuleika de Souza Netto), also known as Zuzu Angel, was born in a state called Minas Gerais, in Brazil, and died in Rio de Janeiro, also in Brazil. She was a fashion designer, and the mother of a young man who disappeared during one of the darkest times in Brazilian history – the military dictatorship, which lasted from 1964 to 1985.
Why did a fashion designer become such an inspiration? Due to her son.
Her son Stuart Edgart Angel Jones, her son with an American citizen by the name of Norman Angel Jones, was arrested, tortured and killed in 1971 by the military authorities of the time. The official story was that he was “missing”, but there was enough evidence in the form of testimony by people who had seen what had happened for his mother to believe he had indeed been killed.
From then on, she started a one-woman war to have the right to recover and bury her son’s body. She started using the wounded angel to represent her son through her work, and go to anyone she believed capable of helping her as she tried to find out where they had laid him to rest, even going so far as to hand Henry Kissinger a dossier with everything she knew about her son’s death, as her son was an American citizen through his father.
Sadly, this brave woman never got to find and bury her son’s body. Before she could, she passed away on a very suspicious car crash in Rio de Janeiro, near a tunnel that was later named after her. Her car lost its grip and crashed through the guard rail, landing on a road below the one she was driving at and killing her instantly.
A week before she died, Zuzu had left a document at the houses of a few friends, including famed singer-songwriter Chico Buarque de Hollanda, a document she wanted to see published in case something happened to her. In this document, she had written: “If I turn up dead, by accident or any other way, it will have been the work of the people who murdered my beloved son”.
Later on, during further investigation of suspicious deaths during that dark time of our history, witnesses came forward to say they had seen another car on the road, which had pushed hers off its tracks, before the fatal crash.
In 2014, one of the agents in charge of repressing those who were against the government wrote a book in which he mentioned several crimes he was involved with – one of those was Zuzu Angel’s death. He pointed out the presence of a now deceased Army colonel at the site, and the Commission of Truth – a work group created to uncover crimes perpetrated during this time – considered it as evidence that the military were involved in Angel’s death.
There is more about this woman than I can say, but I believe she deserved to be known by others. She was a woman, a mother, and a human being. She fought something much bigger than herself, and the only thing she wanted was the truth about her son. Something she never got until the end of her life.
Well, that’s it for today, pretties. It’s a sad bit of history, but one that cannot and should not be forgotten, especially in these politically difficult times.
If you want to read more, you can find her name at the English Wikipedia.
See you all on the next post!