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Monday, October 27, 2014

Narco Blogger Killings

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

BBC's just released video, featuring Ioan Grillo, stems from the reported murder of  Tamaulipas SDR Tweeter, Dr. Maria del Rosario Fuentes.

Maria was the 5th person killed, for  her  blogging of narco news and SDR (situations of Risk) reports.

#ReynosaFollow, was the first group to use twitter and other social media pages to send security information to citizens.

In the narco news blackout state of Tamaulipas, tweeting or posting information on network pages, was the only way to get warnings out in the state known for great violence. 

The first two boggers killed, were a young couple,  hanged off a pedestrian bridge in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas.
A message was left with the bodies on September 11, 2011.  According to Zetas, the couple's murder, was the end result of their using anonymous sites, to post narco news and SDR warnings.  

However, no connection was ever found linking the couple, and social networking or blog posting.  This gave rise to the suspicion the young couple was kidnapped randomly and killed, to be used as props,  to send a message.

Apparently, that supposition did not sit well with Los Zetas, and they alluded to it in the message left  with the body of  blogger victim number 3. 

The cartel wanted there to be no doubt who she was and what site she reported for,  such information  was missing in the message left with the victims in the first two killings.

The third victim was, a woman identified by her "Nuevo Laredo en Vivo" cyber name; "La Nena D Laredo", was found decapitated on September 24th of 2011. Her head was left on top of a computer keyboard with a message warning others against using social media sites to report cartel activity.

The blog was a threat to Los Zetas.  Residents do not trust authority, the blog,  is a place, that is used to safely and anonymously, report organized crime activity to federal agencies.

Nena's last post, celebrated the death of a Zeta.

The message left with her body:
OK Nuevo Laredo en Vivo and social media sites. I am Nena de Laredo and I'm here because of my (online) reports and yours.....(this information is) for those who don't believe this happened to me, because of my (online) actions,  and  for trusting in the Army and Marines...

Thank you for your attention,
La Nena de Laredo
The last blogger to be killed in 2011 happened on November 9th.  A male using the name "Rascatripas".  His  decapitated body was left at the same monument in Nuevo Laredo, as Nena's.

The message :

Hello! I'm Rascatripas and this happened to me for failing to understand that I should not report things on social media websites. I am a ..... (text covered by body) just like La Nena from Laredo...With this last report I bid farewell to Nuevo Laredo en Vivo.. Always remember ... Never Forget

Your moderator,  RASCATRIPAS

Then the killings ceased, until the recent killing of Dr. Maria del Rosario Fuentes, user name "Felina".

Five blogger murders have occurred in Mexico, all in the State of Tamaulipas.


  1. The zetas as mexican military and police corporations, get to know a lot of great mexican military school of communications technicians, and how to use them for their criminal purposes, no military or patriotic principles involved, just money, and if they fall short of the expectations, they can kidnap a few great professionals with PhDs on computer science

  2. Every one of these individuals died fighting to aid the public and report truth. They should be considered heros. For each reporter than has been cut down, I pray five times as many news outlets report on the stae of media repression and corruption in Mexico as an international, pressing issue. Bless ALL individuals reporting at their own risk throughout the world and their loved ones!

  3. Is that why you are getting out of narco blogging? I don't blame you

    1. Then why Chivis? Don't leave. You help out so much and get great info.

  4. Is there a common thread to how the decedent's identities were compromised? Seems that something/someone in Tamalipas is working from the inside or has skills to uncover the identity of these people. (Excluding those who were not bloggers, but killed as such.)

  5. It is uncertain how the IDs were discovered, but it could be what those close to the bloggers suggest, that they became too sloppy with their personal security, and gave up too many dots of information that allowed the dots to be linked together. This was said in all three cases. With Dr Maria, the admin for VXT had to kick her off the VXT page because he felt she was putting herself and him/family in danger.

  6. Junius

    it is
    please type your name in the subject line. or it may get lost, I will be looking out for it. and thank you very much

    1. Whaaat chivis that's yo e-mail??? I'm fixing to hollaa at youuuuuuuu ;)...

  7. Chivis, in the next week or so I'll shoot you an email about finding out who is behind el blog del narco and the other mirror sites, gets interesting.


    1. You do great work. A major news network should pick you up!

  8. I thought the el blog del narco was an innocent blogger who was unbiased ....?

  9. • alguns textos negativo contam histórias ficcionais.

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