Murder City: Ciudad Juarez and the Global Economy's New Killing Fields
In Murder City, Charles Bowden has written an extraordinary account of what happens when a city disintegrates. Interweaving stories of its inhabitants--a raped beauty queen, a repentant hit man, a journalist fleeing for his life--with a broader meditation on the town's descent into anarchy, Bowden reveals how Juárez's culture of violence will not only worsen but inevitably spread north.
pesos per week,” said an officer who asked for anonymity. El Diario, Ciudad Juárez, March 25, 2008 PUERTO PALOMAS DE VILLA—The body of a man was found yesterday in a garbage dump. He had been shot 18 times with a type of bullet used exclusively by the army. A man collecting recyclables found the body of a man about 22 years old, wearing an imitation goose down vest, army boots and a military-style haircut. El Diario, Ciudad Juárez, March 25, 2008 FAMILIES OF FALLEN POLICE LEFT WITHOUT
Hector Murguia Lardizábal. . . . [article details police criminals back to 2002] El Diario, Ciudad Juárez, April 2, 2008 The shriveled body of a woman was found yesterday afternoon in an unpopulated area southeast of the city. The body was found at the end of Avenida Manuel Talamas Camandari, where a new housing development is under construction. Authorities gave no estimation of the date of death of the unidentified victim, however, there was no flesh on the face and arms, and other parts
Villareal Martha and the subsequent arrests of activists Carlos Chávez and Cipriana Jurado, and the federal arrests warrants issued against leaders of social organizations who participated in different protest events. El Paso Times, April 10, 2008 JUÁREZ—Two men were found shot to death Wednesday evening next to a pickup with Texas plates at a ranch about nine miles from the village of Guadalupe Distrito Bravos across the border from Tornillo [Texas]. The men were identified as Javier
Someone who really knows the score. Someone who would stop inventing explanations and give me the sensation of rounds from an AK-47 ripping through their hide, and did it sound loud or was it like being underwater? And when they cut your balls off before they killed you, what were you thinking? And tell the expressions on their faces and give the character of their eyes. And were they wearing uniforms, and if so, what kind—Mexican army, federal police, state police, city police, or their allies
identities of the murderers. For Armando Rodriguez, who was gunned down on November 13, 2008, after filing 907 stories on the murders of that calendar year. Like the rest of us, he was a dead man walking. His last story appeared hours after he was killed. BLANCA MARTÍNEZ RAISES THE PHOTOGRAPH OF HER HUSBAND, ARMANDO RODRÍGUEZ, WHILE REPORTERS AND EMPLOYEES OF EL DIARIO PAY THEIR LAST RESPECTS TO THEIR MURDERED COLLEAGUE. SHE IS ACCOMPANIED BY ROCIO GALLEGOS. PROLOGUE