The 1970 election included three candidates: Jorge Alessandri, Radomiro Tomic, and Salvador Allende. None of the candidates achieved a majority vote. This left the decision to Congress. In the past, Congress has decided on the candidates with the most votes (plurality), which would give the presidency to Allende. Many Right-Wing politicians planned for Allende's failure, by means of political manipulation or by means of a military coup.
Despite his Right-Wing Marxist political stance, Rene Schneider possessed a strong belief that military had a singular goal: to defend the constitution of Chile. He believed that military involvement in politics was inappropriate and morally wrong. He stood by these beliefs, even as Left-Wing Salvador Allende's prospect of presidency grew. Schneider's vocal expression of these beliefs turned other Right-Wing politicians against him. General Viaux then made it his goal to get Schneider out of the way during the election, and he ordered his followers to kidnap General Schneider.
The first attempt on Schneider's kidnapping was on October 16, 1970. Viaux's men attempted to apprehend Schneider in his home. The anonymous tip they had received was false, however. Schneider had been on vacation, and would not return until a day after the kidnapping attempt.
The second attempt on October 19, 1970 involved General Viaux's men plotting to grab General Schneider as he was transported from an official dinner. The men were planning on using tear gas grenades in order to assist in the kidnapping. This attempt failed because Schneider did not use the official vehicle to return from the dinner, rather he drove a personal car.
On the third and final kidnapping attempt was an ambush on Schneider's official vehicle. On October 22, 1970, assailants broke the window of his car and shot Schneider multiple times after he drew a gun to defend himself. His injuries led to his death three days later.