The Daughters of Juárez: A True Story of Serial Murders South of the Border- Teresa Rodriguez

I am super excited about writing this. As I mentioned during my last post, my next book was going to cross over into my passion for true crime!

Guys, I’m totally obsessed with true crime right now! TV shows, documentaries, podcasts, and online news articles. I CAN’T GET ENOUGH! In fact, I was overdosing on it a few months ago and stopped reading and writing. During this time, I bonded with a ton of people who were also obsessed. One of them is my former intern/ current colleague/ close friend, Victoria. She recommended a book that would combine true crime right into this blog. This time we’re going to Mexico and reading The Daughters of Juárez.

The Daughters of Juárez is the chilling story of the hundreds of women who went missing and were found mutilated, raped, and murdered in Juárez, Mexico. Over the years, a few people were arrested in connection with the crimes but the majority of the victims haven’t had justice. What’s shocking is that even with the high number of victims, the case flies under the radar. I was first introduced to the case on my favorite true crime podcast: Crime Junkie. Although it was a good first introduction, it barely scraped the top this case. (Side note: I HIGHLY recommend Crime Junkie if you’re looking for a great storytelling podcast. I’ll post the link to the episode on these serial murders the links page.)

So much injustice and corruption follows in every turn of this case. The first suspect, who was charged with only murder, was presented as a mastermind who paid people outside of the jail to continue the killing. The more you learn, the more unlikely it seems. Especially as police were increasingly being accused of incompetence, bribery, blackmail, rape, and murder. Yes, the police. How horrible to think that the first people you go to when your loved one goes missing or you stumble upon a body is potentially behind the crime. In fact, I’d argue the main problem in this case was a lack of a solid investigative body. Even as the government created special committees, task forces, and so on, corruption won and murders weren’t being correctly investigated.

One other thing I’d like to note about this story was the role the United States played. First, Juárez was a poor city that attracted many people for work because of the US factories that moved in and provided jobs. Unfortunately, these jobs required long travel and all times of the day and sometimes wasn’t even reliable, putting many women and girls in danger. Furthermore, since these large companies didn’t pay local taxes, the city didn’t have a lot of money. This crippled safety measures that otherwise could have been implemented to help protect the young woman. Last, but not least, a few of the offenders that were caught in connection to the case had priors in the United States that weren’t fully investigated and/or charged with the crimes.

To be frank, this isn’t a cheery book or one with a happy ending. Most of the cases are still unsolved. Some of the victims are unidentified or have been misidentified. Some are still missing. A book might have been written on these horrific murders, but the case isn’t closed.

I could go on for hours and write pages about these murders but I don’t think that will help much. Please go look and read up on it yourself. There is so much to learn about this case. If you’re reading from Mexico, consider donating time to one of the organizations that are dedicated to this case. And keep both the lost souls, missing girls, and their families in your thoughts and prayers. I hope they all find peace in this troublesome world.

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