2. Rafael Leonidas Trujillo Molina, Dominican Republic
The role model of all Caribbean dictators was the notorious Rafael Trujillo. He ruled the Dominican Republic from the early 1930’s until his death in 1961. Trujillo was infamous for being a ruthless and cruel leader. He killed anybody who stood in his way while allowing his family and closest friends to run all government sectors and companies as their own.
It is estimated that during his rule, over 40,000 people died under mysterious circumstances by his paramilitary gang “Le 42.” They roamed the streets in the capital of Santo Domingo in red Packards, the locals called the “Carro de la Muerte” or car of death. Trujillo was one of the first fans of Enzo Ferrari. He even raced a few of his cars in local events. However, the car that made him famous was his custom-built, bespoke Pegaso Z-102 Cupula.
This was one of the most advanced sports cars of the period with an unbelievable design by Touring. Trujillo ordered this one-off and paid an insane price for it just to show his power and taste in automobiles. Called “El Dominicano” the car survived its owner and it is currently in a museum in the Netherlands. However, Trujillo met his end in 1961, when someone ambushed his Chevrolet Bel Air, riddling it with bullets.