El Sicario: The Autobiography of a Mexican Assassin
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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