The story of Father Canales
One of the stories that the writer, lawyer and Dominican poet César Nicolás Penson Matos outlined on the paper, was that of the murderer, Juan Rincón.
He came from the island of Cumana, Venezuela, and had arrived to the Dominican Republic to study and graduate. Rincón had killed his pregnant wife, reason why, he fled to Puerto Rico where he married again. A second marriage based on deceptions and ill-treatment towards his wife. Denounced and deported by judicial authorities of the Encanto Island, he returned to Santo Domingo.
Juan Rincón, using his influences and the position of his uncle dean, evaded justice and had not been arrested, despite the many misdeeds committed. It is when he assassinated Father Canales, performing an act of violence where he uses a magnificent sword, that it is said that comes from Toledo due to its beauty and quality, with hawks and silver ornaments, to kill the priest without mercy.
During the trial of Juan Rincón, in Santo Domingo city of about 25 thousand inhabitants in those days, the citizens found him guilty of the act he committed and his previous outrages. At the trial when the judge asked: "Who killed Father Canales?", immediately after, the murderous monster, impassive and speaking in shrill tone, replied: "The justice of Santo Domingo ! The magistrate reacted in surprise and proceeded, this time, with a stern voice, to ask the accused again: Who killed Father Canales? "I said," the murderer stressed, "the justice of Santo Domingo, because, he added with a sententious and insolent tone, if they would have ended my life after having killed my first pregnant woman, I could not have killed Father Canales."
Thanks to such a resounding response, the story describes how the Dominican people were deeply affected by the statements, since there was indeed a decline of the prevailing legal system that had let a brutal murderer free and that unhealthy social influences had allowed terrible murders of innocent people were committed.
With this story, Penson underlines as moral that those who don’t care about laws and respect for our fellow men, evading institutions and protecting illegal, insane and reckless behaviors, are more criminal than the criminals themselves who later are subject to restorative action of justice.
Who killed Father Canales?
“I said,” the murderer stressed, “the justice of Santo Domingo, because, he added with a sententious and insolent tone, if they would have ended my life after having killed my first pregnant woman, I could not have killed Father Canales