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TomF
04-05-2019, 08:28 AM
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/04/05/opinion/honduras-women-murders.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage
Ms. Hernández was a 28-year-old agent for the Agencia Técnica de Investigación Criminal, or ATIC, Honduras’s F.B.I., the agency charged with investigating the killings of women. She was having an affair with Wilfredo Garcia, who was the head of the agency’s office in San Pedro Sula, Honduras’s second-largest city. According to people involved in the case, at some point Ms. Hernández seems to have come to believe that instead of working to take down MS-13, the nation’s largest gang, her lover was married to the sister of an MS-13 leader, and was aiding the criminals.
On June 11, 2018, Ms. Hernández was found dead in her bed. Dr. Karla Beltrán, who works at the San Pedro Sula morgue, told me that in an unprecedented move, ATIC barred Forensic Medicine officials, along with the police and the prosecutor, from the crime scene. ATIC officials went alone and pronounced the death a suicide.
But when Ms. Hernández’s body arrived at the morgue, Dr. Beltrán and her colleague, Dr. América Gómez, saw the obvious. Yes, a bullet had shattered her cranium. Yes, photos taken by ATIC showed her lying on her bed, holding a pistol to her temple. But there was no gun residue on her hand. Her tongue was sticking out, and there was froth around her mouth, signs of asphyxiation. There were two marks under her chin, suggesting she had been strangled by someone expert in cutting off oxygen without leaving bruises. Blood had defied gravity; instead of flowing toward the back of her head, it had poured over the front of her pink pajama top and down shorts emblazoned with the word “love.” The crime scene photos showed that Ms. Hernández’s cellphone had changed location three times while the scene was being “investigated,” finally landing in a jar of water. Hmmm. Leaving such a place to seek asylum seems like a good choice.

C. Ross
04-05-2019, 08:33 AM
The U.S. cutting aid to Honduras will make things worse.

Our President seems to believe that Central American governments cause emigration (“they’re sending their worst”). And if we punish those governments emigration will decline. “Idiot” doesn’t even begin to describe him.

One wonders what it will take, though, to end the cycle of extreme violence in Honduras and Guatemala.

TomF
04-05-2019, 08:36 AM
Lots more where that story came from. Apparently the gangs are trying to outdo each other in the savagery of the way they kill women, in order to "send a message." Cutting off breasts and buttocks prior to the killing. Killing women by inserting the barrel of the gun so that the blood "comes out of their, wherever." Mutilating the bodies and distributing various body parts in different places of the community. Stripping the meat from the bones "like they were a chicken." And all of this, typically, in front of the woman's children.

TomF
04-05-2019, 08:37 AM
I've an aunt who lived for several years in San Pedro Sula, one of the towns referenced in this story. These could very well be women she knew, or their daughters.

C. Ross
04-05-2019, 08:43 AM
Horrifying. Unbelievably barbaric.

Too Little Time
04-05-2019, 09:49 AM
Leaving such a place to seek asylum seems like a good choice.
I think leaving is a wise move also, but ...

A better solution might be to get rid of the bad guys. Not that we have much skill in doing so.