With the economic benefits of the ransom, the Puccios improve their economic situation and, by early 1983, they replace their family deli with a successful store selling sporting equipment.
The Aulets pay the ransom, but Eduardo has already been murdered and his body buried in a shallow grave on an empty construction lot.
In December of 1983, after the return to democracy in Argentina, Arquímedes goes to visit military officer Aníbal Gordon in prison - who had participated with Puccio in the kidnapping of a businessman in 1973 - and asks for advice on how to continue with the activities of the Clan in the new political landscape.
Gordon advices him to lie low, since the military will have more difficulty protecting him now that they've lost control of the country, but Arquímedes does not heed the warning.
Alejandro accompanies his younger brother, Guillermo, to the airport, since he is going abroad on a sports trip.
At the gate, Guillermo confesses that he knows what he and their father had been up to and tells him that he will not be returning after the tour is over, since he is afraid of what will happen if the family's crimes get discovered.
Before leaving, Guillermo begs his brother to get out while he still can.
Listening to his brother's plea, Alejandro decides not to join his father in the next kidnapping: that of another businessman acquainted with the family, Emilio Naum.
Due to Alejandro's absence, the plot fails and Naum is murdered after refusing to stop his car when Arquímedes and his goons begin the abduction.
The Puccios appeared to be a typical middle-class family from the district of San Isidro, with aspirations of moving up into upper class.