General Weyler was the perfect villain. He was portrayed brutally in cartoons and editorials and news stories as a savage inhumane brute, as the most bloodthirsty butcher that had ever entered this hemisphere.
NEW YORK JOURNAL
Weyler is a fiendish despot, a brute, a devastator of haciendas, pitiless, cold, an exterminator of men. There is nothing to prevent his carnal brain from inventing torture and infamies of bloody debauchery. The New York Journal, February 1896.