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 relations, 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 associates murdered his mom, his father, and his little sister in chilly blood. via a Truman Capote–like reconstruction of this possible 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 idea procedures of 3 boys leads the reader on an exploration of the town of Juárez, in addition to the drug cartels that experience waged struggle on its streets, in a daring try to 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 super probability and the assassination of 1 of her closest colleagues, she endured. She didn’t wish the tale of her urban instructed completely via international journalists, simply because, in her phrases, “I understand what's beneath the violence.” This booklet lines the increase of a countrywide tradition of homicide and bloody retribution, and is a testomony to the extreme bravery of its writer. between different issues, the tale of Vicente is an account of ways poverty, political corruption, failing executive associations and US meddling mixed to create an explosion of violence in Juárez.

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His type of Vicente as a prisoner of “maximum probability” necessitated his move to a maximum-security felony. this might take place to dozens of different Cereso prisoners after their participation in brawls, or maybe easily as a preventative degree. The psychologists’ ideas, although, weren't heeded, and moreover, in mid 2008, with under a 12 months left in Vicente’s sixty-month legal time period, he bought information that he was once going to be despatched again to the college of Social development for Minors. The impetus used to be the recent legislations of specialised Justice for Adolescent Offenders, which was once brought in addition to the Judicial Reform and, beginning July 1 of a similar 12 months, ensured that those that devoted crimes as minors served their sentences except those that devoted crimes as adults. In July 2008, in a patrol automobile escorted by way of a number of different police cars, Vicente used to be transferred throughout a urban that was once in open conflict (at this aspect within the 12 months there were 540 murders, and 1,500 squaddies have been patrolling the streets) to the varsity within the Carlos Chavira local at the southeastern fringe of Juárez. the varsity were moved to a brand new construction, as its prior locale at the fringe of the Rio Grande (where Vicente had served an prior a part of his sentence) were swept away by way of floods in 2006. a similar floodwaters destroyed the unique bureaucracy documenting his parricide. The record of his 2008 move (which was once in part redacted) defined not just that Vicente had had no touch with relations yet that not one of the proper events agreed together with his relocation to a juvenile detention facility. The maternal facet of the relatives, based on the rfile, even anxious approximately their very own security. They have been involved that once Vicente accomplished his sentence he may come after his more youthful brother, C. E. , who have been residing along with his grandparents and aunt and uncle because the day after the crime. The relations even blamed Vicente for the loss of life of his grandfather, who died in 2007 after mourning for 3 years the lack of his merely daughter. management officers on the college had reservations in regards to the newly back inmate. Interviews with Vicente concluded that he was once nonetheless a hugely harmful prisoner and, much more complicated, that given his age and gang association, in addition to having survived the worst years of Cereso, he may be regarded as much as through the more youthful inmates and therefore “gravely” intrude of their means of rehabilitation. additionally they mentioned that Vicente looked as if it would exhibit no proof of eager to swap his delinquent habit, that he hadn’t stronger over the process his years in felony, that he lacked emotions of accountability, that he was once incapable of creating confident social relationships, that he couldn’t regulate his impulses and that punishment used to be inadequate to encourage him to alter. In end, they observed themselves as facing an individual not able to consider guilt. In one other document made in the course of his access into the hot criminal, directors exhaustively documented his tattoos and likewise came across Vicente to be hooked on marijuana and cocaine.

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