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Wanted for murder for decades, 2 ex-Chilean guerrillas hid in a Mexican town. Then their double lives began to unravel

MEXICO CITY - They were a couple of middle-aged guys with odd accents who bought and sold properties, doted on their children, loved soccer and frequented galleries in an artsy expatriate haven in central Mexico.

"Ramon and Esteban never got into problems," recalled Jose Luis Vargas Ramirez, a lawyer who knew both men socially in San Miguel de Allende and is still bewildered at their fate. "Everyone said, 'How is it possible?'"

A pair of arrests in Paris last month has shed new light on the shadowy histories of Ramon and Esteban, as the two were known in San Miguel.

They weren't the low-key, somewhat bohemian photographers and real estate speculators they seemed to be.

Their names weren't Ramon and Esteban. And they weren't Mexican.

They were actually clandestine ex-revolutionaries from Chile who had been on the run for more than 20 years - a lethal

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