Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The charming rise of Salvatore Romello and his life partner, Elena del Heno

(BELOW: One of the few known photographs of Salvatore Romello. Salvatore is seen accompanied by three young women entering the prestigious Club Tigre in early 2007.)
Salvatore Romello materialized from nothing.

Little is known about Romello's early life. He first appeared on the international stage in the early part of the century.

He was immediately recognized as one who made political revolution his profession, but no one professed any knowledge of him before his involvement in La Revolucion Segunda de Cuba, the second revolution of Cuba.

He had no history; it was as if he had been born into the world a fully formed, fully capable machine of change.

His first attempts at revolution were met with wild success when he led La Revolucion Segunda with his accomplice, Elena del Heno.

Del Heno's past is as murky as Salvatore's, and next to nothing is known about the inception of their relationship. She, older than he by perhaps a year, forms his other half. At times, they appear co-dependent. At others, each seems strangely able to be independent from the other.

What is known is that their acquaintance existed before the beginnings of the La Revolucion Segunda, and they carry out their roles purposefully.

Romello and del Heno received word of Fidel Castro's imminent retirement several weeks before the dictator was planning on making his announcement and quickly sprung into action. Shortly afterward, they arrived on the island paradise of Cuba, the nucleus of revolution.

In a sudden move on Feb. 18, 2008, Castro announced that he would be stepping down from the office of president and commander-in-chief.

Equally as shocking was the way that Fidel and Raul were deposed shortly thereafter. Salvatore and del Heno, the ever-charming pair of revolutionaries, gained the good favor of the Castros and were frequent guests in the presidential palaces up until the time that the dictators were deposed.

Both Romello and del Heno exuded a disarming charm and charisma. Deceived, the Castros were lured into trust, which resulted in their deaths at the hands of Salvatore and Elena. The demise of the Castros signaled the beginning of the power shift in Cuba as well as the genesis of Romello and del Heno's violent but entrancing conquest.

Inexplicably, the Cuban youth rallied behind Salvatore and del Heno to overthrow the government and assume control of the powerful military machine that the younger Castro had created.

However, the shift that occurred did not please the country most interested in the future of Cuba: The United States.

The duo did not leave Cuba with an established democracy. After eradicating Castro's regime, they turned over control to the Cuban youth. Puzzlingly, it worked. Cuba thrived, free from intervention by established world powers.

They remained in Cuba for a short time while planning out how to proceed. Immensely wealthy from their activity on the island, they decided to turn their attention toward executing their next strike: Vatican City.

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