The Tropical Island Paradise of John Wayne
Due to Wayne’s business relationship with Roberto, as well as his friendship with the family, he was soon implicated in the attempted coup as well. Accusations were leveled against Wayne by the Panamanian administration who tried in vain to establish a connection between Wayne and plot, including intimating he may have financed the entire operation. Eventually, when they realized there was nothing connecting Wayne to the Arias plot, all accusations were quietly dropped.
John Wayne truly loved the Panamanian people and he thoroughly enjoyed his many visits to Panama over the years. So much so that he purchased a small island just off the coast of Panama, the island of Taborcillo which he visited as often as he was able, sailing down aboard his yacht the Wild Goose.