Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Police Blotter

All quiet on the southern front.

In an especially gruesome day in the nation's ongoing murder wave, 21 bodies were found in seven states across the nation and in Mexico City Monday.

...[I]n the State of Mexico... the semi-clothed bodies of a young couple were discovered in another automobile. The woman, 20, had her throat cut. The man, 28, was shot in the head.

In Cancún, five decomposing bodies, including that of a pregnant woman, were found wrapped in blankets and tape in a residential area. The five appeared to be victims of execution-style shootings.

Before dawn on Monday, two bodies were found in the trunk of a car on the highway between Iguala and the Guerrero state capital of Chilpancingo. Three other bodies were discovered in a garbage bin in the historic Guerrero town of Taxco.

In Sinaloa, the three bodies found in two different vehicles with Jalisco plates had been set afire. The discovery was made some 70 kilometers south of the state capital of Culiacán. Police were able to identify the victims as male.

The body of another execution victim was found tied up with the head wrapped in a towel in Jalapa, capital of Veracruz. Messages left at the scene indicate involvement by the Zetas, an armed organization that works with the cartels.

In Tijuana, Baja California, the site of 85 murders so far this year, a body tied up with tape at the feet and hands was discovered in a ravine. The victim had been shot many times.

A 28-year-old man in the Nuevo León municipality of Santa Catarina survived Monday after police found him gagged and tied with a plastic bag over his head, in a state of severe shock. The man had reportedly been kidnapped from his home.

It occurs to me as I'm re-reading this that my mother is probably running around the house in her bathrobe looking for her passport right now. When we post these stories of crazed criminal depravity - beheading video, anyone? - we probably should mention that Querétaro is just about the safest, quietest place in all of Mexico and that, if it weren't for the newspapers, we'd be completely unaware that the country is being gripped by a "murder wave".

It's also worth noting that for much of the late 1970's and early 80s, I got the shit kicked out of me on a twice-weekly basis in Swampscott, Massachusetts.

Besides, things used to be a lot worse here.
The grisly find of the buried bones of 24 pre-Hispanic Mexican children may be the first evidence that the ancient Toltec civilization sacrificed children, an archeologist studying the remains said on Monday.

The bones, dating from 950 AD to 1150 AD... indicated the children had been decapitated in a group.


Anonymous said...

Don't worry, I've decided to burn my passport!
And if you only learned to keep your opinions to yourself, you wouldn't have been smacked around so much by your peers!


Burro Hall said...

My mother, ladies and gentlemen. Siding with my childhood bullies.

Josh said...

Tough love. Dr. Phil would approve.