Category Archives: Crime

Spraying bullets not sunscreen: Violence in Baja California Sur

Baja California Sur – popular with tourists – and drug cartels. You don’t want to be a reporter caught in the middle. Read the article at Index on Censorship (subscription required) Advertisements

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Index on Censorship podcast interview about violence against journalists in Baja California Sur

I spoke to Index on Censorship about press freedom and violence in Baja California Sur ahead of their forthcoming issue.

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The Narco Trafficker Next Door

GUADALAJARA, Mexico — Gabriela Navarro, who lives in an exclusive gated community in southern Guadalajara, suspects three locals of having ties to one of Mexico’s most powerful drug cartels. She bases this belief on their unconventional working hours, unexplained wealth, … Continue reading

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Narco y futbol en Michoacán

En la dramática tanda de penaltis, Eduardo, el portero de Morelia, anotó desde los once pasos y atajó uno más para que su equipo se coronara campeón en un torneo juvenil en el estado de Michoacán, México. Eduardo tiene 15 … Continue reading

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Mexico’s drug war as seen through the eyes of children

Guadalajara, Mexico – One image captures a fierce shoot-out between rival drug cartels, with several lifeless bodies slumped on the street in pools of their own blood. Another shows a gang member hurling a grenade at a police officer. A … Continue reading

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As Catholic priests are killed in Mexico, questions and tensions rise

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (RNS) Even in a rural Mexican community that has grown accustomed to the news of brutal killings, the abduction and murder of a popular Catholic priest has triggered profound shock and outrage. The bullet-ridden body of the Rev. … Continue reading

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Mexican police turn blind eye to murders of transgender women, say activists

MEXICO CITY, August 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Betzy Ballesteros’ brush with death came on a windy night in December, when a man in a black Chevy Suburban pulled up to the street corner in the Mexican city of Guadalajara … Continue reading

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Pablo Escobar’s son brings message of peace to Mexico

“At one point there was a four-million-dollar price on my head,” said Sebastián Marroquín, the son of infamous Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. “But I don’t want anyone in the audience to get too excited, there’s no one left to pay … Continue reading

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Female Throat-slitter accused of provoking panic in the streets, but doubters say police have caught the wrong woman

“She approached from behind and stabbed me,” said Antonio, one of the victims of the “Throat-slitter”, a woman who has been viciously attacking unsuspecting strangers just outside of Mexico City. “She was thin. Between 20 to 23-years-of-age. As it was dark, I … Continue reading

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Guadalajara’s Greatest Mysteries

1. The “Black Widow” of Chapala  With a string of suspected poisonings, a strangling and an empty coffin, the case of the “Black Widow” is a narrative Raymond Chandler would have been proud of. Yet Maria Socorro Rodriguez, the femme … Continue reading

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