Review: Murder City: Ciudad Juarez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields


Juarez, Mexico (2013)

murder cityMurder City: Ciudad Juarez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields, by Charles Bowden (360 pages, Nation Books (2011)

The media never tells the truth about what’s going on in Mexico… and if you want to know the ugly truth about the violence in Mexico you should read this book.

The author tells us what I was told by people in Mexico: The police and the army are killing and disappearing innocent people. It’s not just the cartels. And it’s not just crime.

In fact, the author tells us the standard explanations for these murders fail us.

Although not a religious man, he interviews people who offer religious explanations he agrees with. The murders are driven by spirits of wickedness in high places. There is an evil stalking the Mexican people. An evil that has existed since before the world began.

Author Charles Bowden: “Murder City: Ciudad Juarez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields”

Newspaper Juarez El Diario PM

El Diario (Newspaper) Juarez, Mexico

El Diario

Borderland Beat

The author interviews El Pastor in his book.

El Pastor (1 of 2)

El Pastor (2 of 2)

“Mexico marked another murderous milestone in its conflict with organised crime as the monthly homicide rate hit its highest level in 20 years. Government statistics showed that 2,186 murders were committed in May, surpassing the previous monthly high of 2,131 in May 2011, according to a review of records that date back to 1997. Mexico recorded 9,916 murders in the first five months of 2017, roughly a 30% increase over the same period last year… Continue reading: Mexico’s monthly murder rate reaches 20-year high

“In 1985, a murky alliance of Mexican drug lords and government officials tortured and killed a DEA agent named Enrique Camarena. In a three-part series, Blood on the Corn, legendary journalist Charles Bowden finally digs into the terrible mystery behind a hero’s murder — his final story…” Continue reading: Bowden: How the CIA may have tortured one of America’s own (and long before 9/11)

Charles Bowden’s Final Story: Corruption and killing involving the DEA, CIA, drug cartels and the Mexican government

“Chuck Bowden’s Final Story Took 16 Years to Write”

“Blood on the Corn: A DEA Agent is Tortured and Killed in Mexico”

Vacant businesses Juarez

Vacant businesses in Juarez, Mexico (2013 after the carnage the author writes about)

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One Response to Review: Murder City: Ciudad Juarez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields

  1. July 22, 2017 – “Drug war bloodshed in Mexico has spiked to record levels, with more homicides recorded in June than in any month in at least two decades…” Continue reading: More People Are Dying in Mexico’s Bloody Drug War Than Ever Before via @ktla

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