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Monday, April 25, 2011

Body parts found in upscale Mexico City district

Photo: El Sol de Mexico


The dismembered body of a woman was found scattered in a leafy, upscale Mexico City district, while authorities investigated possible drug gang links in the deaths of five females whose throats were slashed in Acapulco.

The mass slaying of women is unusual in Mexico's drug war, and there was no indication the cases in the two cities were related.

Residents of the capital's tree-lined San Miguel Chapultepec neighborhood discovered the woman's upper body on one block and her left leg and right leg on two other blocks, the city prosecutor's office said Saturday. The body parts were stuffed into three plastic bags and the fingers of the victim's left hand had been cut off.

The prosecutors' office provided no details on the woman's identity or a possible motive for the killing. Officials did not return requests for comment Sunday.

The neighborhood is next to Chapultepec Park, the capital's huge green space that also houses major museums and the presidential residence.

Mexico City has been somewhat of an oasis from the cartel violence engulfing border states, but a spate of recent killings and decapitations has residents fearing the drug war is encroaching.

City authorities blame the violence since late last year on street gangs fighting over an increasingly lucrative local drug market, which has grown dramatically the past decade. Some of the high-profile violence comes from groups that are remnants of the Beltran Leyva cartel, which has splintered and moved closer to the city since Mexican marines killed leader Arturo Beltran Leyva in December 2009. Some of the gangs are imitating brutal cartel tactics seeking to gain turf.

Meanwhile in Acapulco, police said they were not ruling out drug or organized crime links possibly related to prostitution in the killings of four women and a 14-year-old girl whose bodies were found Saturday.

All five worked at a beauty parlor in a neighborhood known for prostitution and drug dealing, the chief of detectives for the Guerrero state police told The Associated Press on Sunday.

"It's an area with many social problems," Fernando Monreal Leyva said.

"On the second floor where the events occurred — in this case, the beauty parlor — a massage parlor was found where sexual acts may have been performed, although this is still under investigation," Monreal Leyva said.

The teenage girl had begun working at the salon five days prior to her death, he added.

Three of the bodies were found at the salon located outside the tourist district. They had been stripped of their clothes and their hands and feet were tied, police said.

The other two victims were found separately in other parts of Acapulco — one in an abandoned car and the other on a street behind a church. All of the women were 30 years old or younger.

Police had no suspects or motives and were trying to determine whether all of the women were killed at the same spot, Monreal Leyva said.

Also in Acapulco, two bodies were left in the trunk of an abandoned car, state authorities said Sunday. Both men appeared to have been shot.

In another Guerrero state resort town, Zihuatanejo, a severed head was found Sunday on a street outside the central bus terminal.

Guerrero state has seen a spike in violence since rival factions of the Beltran Leyva cartel began fighting over territory following the death of Arturo Beltran Leyva.

Farther north on Mexico's Pacific coast, a young man was shot to death in the lobby of a luxury hotel Saturday in Cabo San Lucas, the Baja California Sur state prosecutor's office said. State police said the man was hit by seven bullets in his back and head, but did not provide details of a possible motive for the killing.

It was unclear if the killing was drug-related.

5 women were found murdered in Acapulco.
Source: MundoNarco


  1. Seems like la guera loca finally got what she had coming...this is just vengeance.

  2. They were hookers. Probably wanted to remain independant.

  3. How do you know it was her??? nothings confirmed on who the women were.

  4. La Guera loca...the chick that cut the dudes head off?

    Maybe...god only knows.
    Poor women...
    Mexico..needs to change its tactics against this scum of the earth.


  5. @April 25, 2011 6:15 PM
    Its her, trust me! I got word on it from peeps who live there.

    @April 25, 2011 6:50 PM

    Yep the same one, she is dead now.

    To all you narco chicas you will meet the same fate sooner or later!!

  6. Well no one knows who the women were yet. Could had been totally innocent but if it was La Guera Loca then she was bound to get it sooner or later.

    I actually hope it was! sick bitch felt what she gave to her victims.

  7. Sounds like they did not pay the protection TAX, you gotta love MEXICO.

  8. Why would she be in Mexico City? Really doubt it.

  9. 2 rumors I heard from friends down there. 1., they were not paying the quota to whom ever demanded it to run the business in that area.
    2., There was a shootout recently with some Narcos in a high end condo building right in the heart of the tourist zone. Someone told me she was related to one of the guys. Hmmm..I wonder if it was La Guera Loca?? Was that even in Acapulco? If it was her, certainly the cartel would have left a message right?

  10. The thing that I find the most disturbing is that they are killing all the women... FREAKIN HOMO'S!

  11. This is an utterly idiotic analysis....

    'The mass slaying of women is unusual in Mexico's drug war, and there was no indication the cases in the two cities were related.'

    Tell that to all the family members of the women disappeared in Ciudad Juraez, Associated Press. The mass slaying of women has everything to do with the drug war and is to be expected when that level of criminality is reached..

    To claim that the mass slaying of women is unusual in Mexico's drug war is outright stupid. I guess we are all supposed to believe, too, that the drug war criminality has nothing to do with all the women murdered in Guatemala?

    See for a quick overview of the problem.

    PBS has this to say...

    'Parts of Guatemala have the highest murder rates in the world, according to the United Nations, especially along drug trafficking routes that lead from South America into the United States. The culture of violence has resulted in an epidemic of domestic violence, sexual abuse and rape, sex trafficking and femicide – the murder of women. In Guatemala, on average two women are killed every day.'

  12. And, the five in Acapulco def. a message to pay one group and not the other for the privilege of operating. My question is who is CIDA fighting in Acapulco? It's not Sinaloa, is it Beltran Leyva/CPS? La Familia? Another break away?

    The smaller cartels are going to bring more death and violence then the large ones ever did.

  13. @ J

    Isn't CIDA leaders "Chango" and "Koreano" fighting "La Abarredora" or the guy that represents the Sinaloa Cartel? CIDA is most likely fighting the remnants of the Beltran Leyva organization, I could see some groups getting in line with CIDA in the future.

  14. @April, you are right. Drug violence has a lot to do with the murders of women in Juarez beginning in 1993. I have followed that for years. Diana Washington Valdez wrote a great book on this, "Harvest of Women, A Mexican Safari." It is suspected that Juniors (son of the elite), Juarez Cartel members, La Linea, crooked street cops, gangs, and several serial killers were involved. Law enforcement covered it all up and there is no real estimate of how many their really were. Many more are on the disappeared lists.

    One thing that concerns me, once something starts in several places in Mexico and it gets attention, it explodes. I hope Juarez type incidents don't take off everywhere down there.

    I'm not sold yet that the 5 in Acapulco were cartel related yet. It could have been for not paying extortion, or it could have been that they talked to much in their beauty shop and they got sideways with a cartel.
    I'm doubting that a little.

    The cause of death is unusual and the notes left were peculiar. They were stabbed in the throat which is an unusual cause of death for narco murders. And leaving a message that they were a witch, had AIDS, were liars, had anorexia among a couple of other things is also peculiar for a narco hit. This could be a sick trick or a very angry trick killing for revenge. Several of the US serial killers killed prostitutes here for the girls immoral acts. It could happen there too. Cartel wars make a perfect cover just as in Juarez.

    We will never know on this one because just as in Juarez, it will never get investigated.

  15. I am reading that book right now, good post. However, I disagree, and while you may be right, that notes saying they had AIDS, they where liars, is typical for cartels, they slander contras and those affiliated with the rivals all the time. They are homosexuals, they are drug addicts, not real men, etc etc, it's just at the women this time. And as scummy as those CIDA people seem , this doesn't surprise me.

    To annoymous, I don't believe that Sinaloa cells are fighting in Acapulco, I think it's someone trying to scare or mislead the CIDA. I don't know who it is, or if I am 100% right, it's my little theory I've been throwing around for a few months. Could be another smaller faction. I have a question though, don't the smaller groups that are functioning high enough to move cocaine in volume have to work with some branch of a larger cartel?

  16. I expect these murders are about a failure to pay protection & to 'encourager les autres' as opposed to some sex crime. The notes are a crude attempt to misdirect law enforcement.


  18. @ J...We will never know if it was cartel or a sick trick. I just threw it in as a possibility because with all the crime, a sick fuck can get away with anything. The little one word labels rather than a banner seemed not to align with cartel methods.

    After you finish that book, read "Down by the River" by Charles Bowden. That is an incredible book about the DEA, the Juarez Cartel, and how deep the political corruption in Mexico goes. All the way up to President Salinas. It is the best book I ever read about Mexico and it covers the Juarez Cartel when Amado Carrillo was running it. Enjoy my friend.


  19. And then read Bowden's Dreamland, with Brigg's illustrations. Makes a Bosch atmosphere mated with sonderkommandos in Warsaw. Freaking scary and fascinating. Juarez as you haven't dreamed it. With a lullaby from a repented sicario. Good nightmares.

  20. Read 'Down By The River', planning on reading 'Dreamland'. 'Down By The River' was great, lot of insight into the Juarez cartel pre 2000, but were you entirely convinced that Phil Jordan's brother was murdered by Juarez cartel orders? That guy seems like a loser. We should have a little forum discussion on all these narco books.

  21. @ J

    I bet all these 25 splintered cells and factions of the cartels are all fighting for extortion rackets and local/retail drug sales. Yes these small groups do loose the large shipments of cocaine money but they are gaining a lot in extortions rackets and retail drug sales, all the money made from these activities are all for themselves and not the higher ups. Remember that Mexico's overall drug use has skyrocketed these past years, the splintered cells and factions are getting millions of dollars from those activities. Ever wonder why most of these splinter cells/factions are all mostly in rich cities?

  22. @ J

    I got bored with the Phil Jordan aspects of the book as you did. I didn't get that he was a loser. I took it that his brothers death knocked the wind out of his sails along with other things he discovered along the way. One was that the FBI infiltrated the DEA and sabotaged projects they were working on. That blew me away. I didn't doubt Amado had it done as a display of impunity and of his power for a warning to Phil. That was Amado's style.

    J, I knew Pablo Accosta's crew from Ojinaga from back in my day. I've been clean 22 years. I read "The Life and Death of a Mexican Drug Lord" by Terrance Poppa and really found out how Amado set him up. That was a good book too. A friend of mine introduced me to an ex-Federally and narco trafficker that was one of the federal agents that was flown by US helicopters to Ojinaga and did the hit on Accosta. He had done a long stretch of time in Federal Prison here and deported back to Mexico. This was in 2006, I had been clean about 16 years. Lol, he tried to front me a pound of heroin. I guess he like me, huh? I'll give no names. He was quite a character.


  23. Looks like la guera loca's lifestyle finally caught up with her


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