El Sicario: The Autobiography of a Mexican Assassin

El Sicario: The Autobiography of a Mexican Assassin

Language: English

Pages: 209

ISBN: 1568586582

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


In this unprecedented and chilling monologue, a repentant Mexican hitman tells the unvarnished truth about the war on drugs on the American. El Sicario is the hidden face of America's war on drugs. He is a contract killer who functioned as a commandante in the Chihuahuan State police, who was trained in the US by the FBI, and who for twenty years kidnapped, tortured and murdered people for the drug industry at the behest of Mexican drug cartels. He is a hit man who came off the killing fields alive. He left the business and turned to Christ. And then he decided to tell the story of his life and work. Charles Bowden first encountered El Sicario while reporting for the book "Murder City". As trust between the two men developed, Bowden bore witness to the Sicario's unfolding confession, and decided to tell his story. The well-spoken man that emerges from the pages of El Sicario is one who has been groomed by poverty and driven by a refusal to be one more statistic in the failure of Mexico. He is not boastful, he claims no major standing in organized crime. But he can explain in detail not only torture and murder, but how power is distributed and used in the arrangement between the public Mexican state and law enforcement on the ground - where terror and slaughter are simply tools in implementing policy for both the police and the cartels. And he is not an outlaw or a rebel. He is the state. When he headed the state police anti-kidnapping squad in Juarez, he was also running a kidnapping ring in Juarez. When he was killing people for money in Juarez, he was sharpening his marksmanship at the Federal Police range. Now he lives in the United States as a fugitive. One cartel has a quarter million dollar contract on his head. Another cartel is trying to recruit him. He speaks as a free man and of his own free will - there are no charges against him. He is a lonely voice - no one with his background has ever come forward and talked. He is the future - there are thousands of men like him in Mexico and there will be more in other places. He is the truth no one wants to hear.

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able to figure it all out—but that’s not the way the narco-traffickers operate. What they want from this system of exchange in all these functions is to obscure the knowledge of where all of these bodies are buried. It takes a number of years working for the organization before the director of the cell has enough confidence in you and enough wisdom to say, “Here’s what you must do. You kidnap the guy and deliver him to this one and that one, and you wait here until he is buried and that’s

person has been shot, whether in a house or in a car, after the attack there would always be someone assigned to approach the scene alone to give the target the tiro de gracia, the coup de grâce. This is to secure the objective. Until this is done, the job is not finished. Even if the person is completely stitched with bullets and the body is drenched with blood, the job is not finished until it is secured. The secure job is a shot to the head, and if you want the job secured, this is what you

Christ. No matter how tall or short or wide, there is no one stronger than Him. I know that there are many people who are fed up with having to live under the yoke of the boss, the cacique. I know that there are people who wrongly try to live for money and power. But there is no solution except to speak to the Lord of Lords, the King of Kings, who is our Lord Jesus Christ. No one in this world can reach or hope to be even a grain of sand in His hand compared to what He wants for us. Be aware,

2008 Ciudad Juárez had become the bloody epicenter of this conflict. PRESIDENT CALDERÓN’S WAR On December 1, 2006, Felipe Calderón assumed the presidency of Mexico after barely winning the elections and enduring a period of challenges by his opposition in the congress. Stolen elections in Mexico are a national tradition, and many citizens see Calderón as an illegitimate ruler. Shortly after taking office, Calderón posed in military uniform—something taboo in Mexico since the revolution.

murders per day. October 2010 set a record of 359 homicides in one month. The murder rate in Juárez is now estimated to be the highest of any city in the world, more than 250 per 100,000 people, a rate that increased 800 percent between 2007 and 2010. As of February 21, 2011, another 384 people had died, bringing the total number of Juárez victims in the four years of Calderon’s war to more than 8,000.15 It makes no sense to attribute all of this killing to a cartel war. If this is a war, then

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