The Story of Vicente, Who Murdered His Mother, His Father, and His Sister: Life and Death in Juárez

The intimate tale of a teenager’s homicide of his kin, from award-winning Mexican journalist

In Ciudad Juárez, simply around the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas, sixteen-year-old Vicente and of his highschool neighbors murdered his mom, his father, and his little sister in chilly blood. via a Truman Capote–like reconstruction of this probably incomprehensible triple homicide, Sandra Rodríguez Nieto paints a haunting and unforgettable portrait of 1 of the main violent towns on the earth. This in-depth and harrowing research into the concept tactics of 3 boys leads the reader on an exploration of town of Juárez, in addition to the drug cartels that experience waged conflict on its streets, in a daring try and clarify the inexplicable.

Ideally certified for telling this tale, Sandra Rodríguez Nieto used to be an investigative reporter for the day-by-day newspaper El Diario de Juárez for almost a decade. regardless of great possibility and the assassination of 1 of her closest colleagues, she endured. She didn’t wish the tale of her urban informed completely by means of international newshounds, simply because, in her phrases, “I understand what's beneath the violence.” This e-book lines the increase of a countrywide tradition of homicide and bloody retribution, and is a testomony to the intense bravery of its writer. between different issues, the tale of Vicente is an account of the way poverty, political corruption, failing govt associations and US meddling mixed to create an explosion of violence in Juárez.

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Of the dwindling pile of the rest 20 percentage open crime investigations, simply in a little bit greater than half these instances (13 percentage in all) had suspects been came upon via proof (by 2008, after the full-scale implementation of the judicial reform, the quantity during which even a unmarried suspect was once named might drop to three out of a hundred crimes), and of these thirteen percentage of suspects that will ultimately visit trial, just one could ever obtain a sentence. That interprets to a 1 percentage conviction fee in Juárez. writer Guillermo Zepeda Lecuona, from Mexico City’s examine heart of Social improvement, wrote concerning the phenomenon of gross impunity in Mexico in his publication Crime with out Punishment. With basically 21 of a hundred sufferers reporting their assaults, Zepeda wrote, Juárez is precisely on par with Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. upload to this that the complete urban of Juárez had in simple terms ten detectives answerable for investigating violent crimes. In 2004, there have been 310 violent deaths—murders or unintentional deaths, similar to these brought on by motor vehicle accidents—and millions of alternative attacks or accidents desiring research. the town of Chihuahua, in contrast, with a bit greater than part the inhabitants of Juárez and much much less crime, had fifteen detectives. The endemic corruption of Juárez—the 13 policemen officially accused of operating with the Juárez Cartel in 2004, or the eighty-one officers reprimanded for his or her negligence within the research of femicides—only exacerbated the excessive degrees of impunity already in influence. The mammoth corruption and ineptitude of the general public prosecutor’s workplace looked as if it would overshadow the petite lady who had lately been elected to enforce an inner overhaul that may tackle the femicides. In an interview, the ex-judge Patricia González promised to reform the felony process and introduce sleek forensic expertise to violent crime investigations. Upon taking place of work, González defined that the judicial obstacle of rampant impunity within which Chihuahua, and particularly Juárez, chanced on itself used to be because of administrative ailment and the shortcoming of investigative manuals, now not corruption. the matter, she acknowledged, used to be because of a “global” and “decade-long difficulty” in regards to the mechanisms used to obtain justice. The fault of the situation, in brief, was once nobody’s specifically. “It’s now not a manufactured from only one issue; it’s multifactorial. ” It was once a technical challenge. There had to be extra financial assets, extra expert specialists, laboratories and a extra scientifically savvy police strength. Chihuahua wanted not anything greater than incremental advancements to what used to be already there. “By efficientizing [sic] legal investigations we'll go back safeguard and belief to the folks. It’s no longer essential to receive confessions to end up anyone in charge. we will be able to use technological know-how and know-how, complicated expertise. i think it is a large step, and, good, historical past may be the pass judgement on. ” so long as González remained the first aspect of touch for USAID (US organization for foreign Development), the united states govt used to be greater than prepared to subsidize her efforts.

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