Who Is Next? The Murder Of A Young American And The Harvesting Of His Body Parts In Mexico

15 06 2017

 By Timothy D. Naegele[1]

The illegal trafficking in human body parts is widespread globally; and Americans and others are being killed for them. No American should feel safe traveling to Mexico, the world’s second deadliest country last year[2].  And no Americans should do business with Mexico until this brutal murder is solved and the killers are brought to justice—and face life in prison, or the gallows.

He was the wonderful son of old friends of mine, and he grew up in Southern California.  He was loved deeply by his parents and so many others.[3] He had been surfing near Rosarito Beach and went to a hotel for the night. Two men were shown on the hotel video with an ice chest; and he was killed and his vital organs were removed for harvesting.

What happened to him could happen to any other American, and will. The Mexican authorities have closed the case, and his murderers have not been brought to justice. Mexico should be boycotted by all Americans and U.S. businesses until the killers and their accomplices are found and dealt with severely.

Anyone who understands the harvesting of human organs realizes that it constitutes a sophisticated enterprise in which time is of the essence. Not a minute can be wasted.  Once he was murdered and his organs were removed, and presumably placed in the ice chest, they had to be transported quickly or they were of no value to anyone.

Also, they had to be surgically removed by one or more persons who were skilled in doing so. Any mistakes would render the human parts worthless on the international organ market for the purpose of transplantation.  It has been noted:

Criminal networks increasingly engage in kidnappings, especially of children and teenagers, who are then taken to locations with medical equipment. There they are murdered and their organs harvested for the illegal organ trade.[4][5]

This heinous crime demands the attention of the Trump Administration and Mexico’s leadership, and action. Like the lovely Kate Steinle’s brutal murder in San Francisco[6], this young American must be remembered and his death must be avenged. Until then, Mexico must be shut down and closed from an American perspective.

Nothing less will suffice.

Murder and the harvesting of human body parts

© 2017, Timothy D. Naegele


[1] Timothy D. Naegele was counsel to the United States Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and chief of staff to Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal recipient and former U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke (R-Mass). He and his firm, Timothy D. Naegele & Associates, specialize in Banking and Financial Institutions Law, Internet Law, Litigation and other matters (see www.naegele.com and http://www.naegele.com/documents/TimothyD.NaegeleResume.pdf). He has an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as well as two law degrees from the School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California, Berkeley, and from Georgetown University. He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army, assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon, where he received the Joint Service Commendation Medal (see, e.g., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commendation_Medal#Joint_Service). Mr. Naegele is an Independent politically; and he is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Finance and Business. He has written extensively over the years (see, e.g., http://www.naegele.com/whats_new.html#articles), and can be contacted directly at tdnaegele.associates@gmail.com

[2]  See http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/09/americas/mexico-second-deadliest-conflict-2016/ (“Mexico was second deadliest country in 2016”); see also http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/mexico-now-more-deadly-iraq-afghanistan-1620921 (“Cartel drug war made Mexico more deadly than Iraq or Afghanistan in 2016”) and http://www.chron.com/news/local/article/Killings-continue-in-Mexico-s-Baja-California-Sur-11212064.php (“Cabo San Lucas beheadings: Cartel killings traumatize resort town as heads found in cooler”)

[3]  His name is being withheld to protect his parents and their privacy.

[4]  See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organ_trade#Illegal_organ_trade (“Illegal organ trade”) and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_for_body_parts (“Murder for body parts”)

[5]  See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organ_trade#Prosecuted_cases:

In 2014, an alleged member of the Mexican Knights Templar Cartel was arrested for kidnapping and murdering minors. Children were found wrapped in blankets and stuffed in a refrigerated container inside a van. Various accounts have stated the arrested man is part of a network that kidnaps and kills minors, after which their organs are removed. The Cartel’s other sources of income include drug trafficking, extortion, illegal mining, and, illegal logging.

See also http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2014/03/mexico-cartel-member-held-organ-theft-case-201431821815141191.html (“Mexico cartel member held in organ theft case”) and https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/03/17/cartel-mexico-organ-trafficking/6548691/ (“Police nab cartel member in organ trafficking case”)

[6]  See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shooting_of_Kathryn_Steinle (“Shooting of Kathryn Steinle”) and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanctuary_city (“Sanctuary city”)



27 responses

15 06 2017


15 06 2017
Timothy D. Naegele

It is so so sad, Smilin Jack.

I remember him as a sweet, handsome, hard-working kid, who lit up his proud and loving mother’s life, as an “only child” can do.

Tragically, much of Mexico is a lawless cesspool, where the cartels reign and make money in countless ways.

I thought human trafficking and slavery were the depths of depravity, but murder and the harvesting of human organs are inhuman.

And they are global phenomena.

See also
https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2009/12/28/human-trafficking/ (“Human Trafficking”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2012/12/20/abortions-and-autos-kill-more-in-america-than-guns/#comment-10138 (the tragic deaths of 61 million American babies via abortion since our despicable Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling in 1973) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2012/02/07/poverty-in-america/#comment-8084 (“Life At The Bottom”)

Wars and wholesale human suffering (e.g., Syria) grab headlines, as they should, while America’s far-Left and its lackeys (e.g., James Comey, Robert Mueller) try to destroy the democratically-elected Trump presidency.

See, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/americas-newest-civil-war-2017-and-beyond/#comment-10245 (“LEFTIST HATRED PRODUCES MURDER”)

Helter skelter is afoot globally.

See https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2015/07/01/global-chaos-and-helter-skelter/ (“Global Chaos And Helter Skelter”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2010/01/19/emp-attack-only-30-million-americans-survive/#comment-10008 (“North Korea Prepares EMP Catastrophe For America”); but see https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2010/05/12/what-and-where-is-god/ (“What And Where Is God?”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2010/05/12/what-and-where-is-god/#comment-426 (“For A Lovely Woman Named Cynthia Whose Faith In God Will Help Her”)

17 06 2017
H. Craig Bradley


Timothy, your story is very disturbing. I have been to the Rosarita Beach Hotel a number of times when I was a teenager. At one time, the hotel was deserted and in disrepair. My parents started going there when it again became a operating hotel business, although I remember it had a green colored pool. The water was unfiltered and unclorinated, but we survived. It was cheap.

I wonder if the “body snatchers” were casing the hotel for single guys with no buddies who may have been easy prey. We will never know because I don’t think the Policia are solving very many cold homicide cases in Mexico or Ensenada. There are simply too many unsolved murders and too few honest detectives in Mexico. No doubt the victim’s Calif. drivers license was designated: “Organ Donor”. Its not supposed to happen until you die naturally or in an auto accident.

We should detail some FBI Agents to go down there and look into it. Make it a requirement for any kind of foreign aid or even trade deals or cooperation. Trump needs to step-up if he wants to make America Great Again. Fact is, we are not safe in Mexico anymore. I would not go there today. We do need a Wall to keep illegals and drug traffickers out and Americans safe at home (in).

17 06 2017
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you, Craig, for your comments—with which I agree completely.

I do not know the name of the hotel, and have never been to Rosarito Beach. However, a friend in San Diego, who knows the Mexican beach communities well, says they are not safe today.

Another friend who has had a house for decades farther down the Baja, on the Sea of Cortez, told me two days ago:

Word on the street [is that] three different cartels are vying for control. A . . . neighbor says when the majority of the tourist[s] leave or don’t show up this summer (hot) that’s when the fire works start. She seems to be in the know.

17 06 2017
H. Craig Bradley


Is your Friend’s house on the Sea of Cortez located on the Gulf of California side in or near the town of La Paz? Give me a location or town to zero-in on. Some specifics besides (“Everywhere” is dangerous in Mexico). I know a good friend I grew-up with in the seventies who went to Los Cabos earlier this year and nothing happened to them. Ditto with a neighbor down the street who rented a house near Cancun on the Yucatan Peninsula for a whole month last year.

Cancun was built by the Drug Cartels with Drug Money, as was Miami, Florida ( Pablo Escobar). Sure, there was violence in all these cities connected with the Drug Cartels. I suspect the orders are to leave paying tourists in Cancun alone for the most part.

Stay in a crowd and blend-in and watch yourself after dark would be a good precaution just about anywhere these days, at home or abroad. Be the “Grey Man”. The world is not getting any safer as America declines. Trump is not changing any dominant trends that I can detect, as yet. Same endpoint regardless. Glide-path.

17 06 2017
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you again, Craig.

As indicated in my article above (see fn. 3), the young man’s name is being withheld to protect his parents and their privacy. The same thing applies to my friend with the house in Baja.

All of us have been friends for many decades; and we watched the young man grow up and become the “apple of his parents’ eye.” Indeed, I thought about him on Sunday morning, May 7th, and wondered what he was doing these days, so Googled him and learned that he was dead. Thereafter, I was able to fill in many of the details.

Needless to say, I was shocked and stunned, and still am. Aside from all of the adjectives that I have applied to him above, he was a true star in every way. Thus, I have a very personal interest in seeing that justice is realized; and that what happened to him never happens to any other American.

I have a wonderful photo of him that was included with an earlier draft of the article above, but publishing it would invade the parents’ privacy.

Lastly, I have a genuine love for the Mexican people. Having grown up in Southern California where the wonderful Mexican culture is part of our culture—and knowing terrific Mexican-Americans to this day—I cannot praise them more highly; and vast numbers of them are suffering at the hands of the vicious and lawless cartels.

Most Mexican-Americans are very hard workers; they assimilate into the American society quickly, and often the second generation only speaks English; Mexican food has been my favorite for decades, although it is fattening; and each of my grandkids has one grandparent who is of Mexican-American heritage.

See, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2010/07/30/illegal-immigration-the-solution-is-simple/ (see also the comments beneath the article)

17 06 2017
H. Craig Bradley


I agree, most Mexicans make good American citizens, provided they follow and obey all our Immigration Laws, as written. ( My grandfather was born in Mexico City and had Dual Citizenship in Mexico and the U.S.). Its pretty rare today as we have a one passport law to go along with a one drivers license law. Govt. wants exclusivity and control.

We can choose to change the law any time we want, provided Congress gets the necessary votes and the President signs. Executive Orders alone are not the way Democracy is supposed to work. Similarly, declaring a state a “Sanctuary State” by edict is anarchy. Sorry, I do have to draw the line here as I am no proponent of “open borders” as is the case with many of our political elites of both parties, especially here in the State of Calif.

Just remember Timothy, I did NOT request any person’s name to my knowledge. However, I did ask which town your friend has a house in ( “on the Sea of Cortez”). Unless its a “Two-Horse ( Dos Caballo Ciudad) Town”, I don’t think you are disclosing personal information if you did give a town or the nearest town anyway. Anonymous sources are commonly regarded as unverified and therefore, not an established fact. Maybe hearsay or rumor. Not equivalent.

You many have heard or been told by a third party about various occurrences inside Mexico, but not necessarily by a local Mexican National, who definitely would know their own country and speak freely about the local news. My experience is Mexicans are very verbal and are often involved in hearsay (gossip). Informal communication is what the common people often do everywhere, at home and in developing countries alike. Just not me.

As you know, Hearsay is not admissible in a court of law as evidence. Neither are personal opinions. If someone says (writes) it happened, ex parte, then that’s someone’s opinion. If someone said they heard it happened ( not a witness) then its hearsay. Just to be clear. Without a specific town name its not necessarily a fact as presented.

So, who knows what the truth is? Have to be able to collaborate “facts”. ( reference a newspaper article or the such). Otherwise, its potentially just more “Fake News”. The Mainstream Media has lost their credibility long ago with the public by doing slipshod journalism one too many times. Sorry. Grade: Incomplete as written.

17 06 2017
Timothy D. Naegele


It is a small town where everyone knows everyone else, certainly if they have lived there for years or decades.

Thus, I err on the side of privacy.

5 08 2017
Timothy D. Naegele


See https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/15/who-is-next-the-murder-of-a-young-american-and-the-harvesting-of-his-body-parts-in-mexico/ (“Who Is Next? The Murder Of A Young American And The Harvesting Of His Body Parts In Mexico“); see also https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4188347/los-cabos-mexican-beach-gunmen-kill-three-men/ (“Terrifying moment gunmen use MACHINE GUNS to kill three men in the middle of a Mexican beach popular with Brit families“)

5 08 2017
H. Craig Bradley


Actually, I hear its pretty good and safe in Mexico City, at least the better neighborhoods. Nobody bothers Billionaire Carlos Slim who lives there. He does not even need his bodyguards, unless he comes to the U.S.A. When he shows up at the local Catholic Maronite Church, he has two armed bodyguards in L.A. not Mexico City.

If tourists go as part of a group tour to Mexico and stick together, the odds of being robbed of your organs is pretty slim, I suspect. Much hyped. Stay away from Tijuana and Ensenada and other border towns as well as interior areas where Narcos grow poppies. Those are real dangerous, lawless locations.

In contrast, most tourist areas are actually pretty safe most of the time. Just stick to the tourist parts of town. Venture out and look out. The poor surfer (boy) just was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Sometimes, Shit Happens. That is truly unfortunate for him and his family, but not necessarily others who go to Rosarita Beach. In fact, I liked it when I was a kid. Just tired of all the beaners in Calif and Liberal open-border (globalist) assholes.

5 08 2017
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you, Craig.

I have talked with lots of people who go/live there, and things have changed radically from when you were a kid. It is not safe for American tourists, or for young Mexicans.

I have discussed this in my article above.

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organ_trade#Prosecuted_cases:

In 2014, an alleged member of the Mexican Knights Templar Cartel was arrested for kidnapping and murdering minors. Children were found wrapped in blankets and stuffed in a refrigerated container inside a van. Various accounts have stated the arrested man is part of a network that kidnaps and kills minors, after which their organs are removed. The Cartel’s other sources of income include drug trafficking, extortion, illegal mining, and, illegal logging.

See also http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2014/03/mexico-cartel-member-held-organ-theft-case-201431821815141191.html (“Mexico cartel member held in organ theft case”) and https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/03/17/cartel-mexico-organ-trafficking/6548691/ (“Police nab cartel member in organ trafficking case”)

The cartels are operating at full tilt, and the Baja is not safe, period.

5 08 2017
H. Craig Bradley


Remember the movie “Death Wish” where vigilante Charles Bronson ( an architect from Arizona) was detailed to New York City when it was a crime infested ghetto under Mayor Lindsey in the 1970’s. Sanitation workers on strike and piles of garbage in alleys and overflowing dumpsters.

Remember the news accounts well. They even defaulted on their Muni-debt but in the end, a reluctant President Gerald Ford had to bail-out NYC with Federal $$. So, we have been on the Road to Perdition for some time already.

Anyway, there may indeed be a role for a contemporary adventurous Charles Bronson type of character in today’s Wild West Mexico. Go down as a innocuous (Gray Man) Tourist. Get a girl friend to accompany you, as having a partner with you draws much less suspicion by border guards on both sides of the border. Then let her go and bring out the guns you had hidden in the car.

Bait in some bad guys and go to town ON THEM. Severe their heads and put them on a spike in full public view. This is how Cartels communicate and I strongly suspect, they at least respect the message, if not the messenger. Anyway, go down to get some game and let it be known on the way home why, preferable on the internet once you are safely home.

I think killing shitheads anywhere is one of the best ways known to man to let them know that “what goes around comes around”. Its Kill or Be Killed. Given those options, I know what I would be doing. It needs to be done. Let them “complain”. Who cares. Sure not me. Besides, Sticks and Stones don’t hurt anyone. Actions get their undivided attention.

5 08 2017
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you again, Craig.

What I have wanted is to publicize the killing and mutilation of my friends’ wonderful son far and wide, and to have the White House and the Mexican government act on it and avenge his death.

I cannot name him, or show his photos without the parents’ permission. However, his memory is forever front and center in my mind. My guess is that similar tragedies have befallen many Mexican families, as the articles cited in footnotes 4 and 5 of my article describe.

5 08 2017
H. Craig Bradley


My sincere condolences to you and his family. I just want to point out this is just the beginning of our troubles. As America collapses, we can expect to see far worse mayhem. Real Violence won’t likely be confined to just Mexico in the future. Expect it right here in the U.S.A. eventually. In California, any criminal offense redefined as “non-violent” under Proposition 57 is no more than a Misdemeanor Level Offense at most any more.

This means no arrest, and no jail. In fact, the Police can only issue a citation to appear in court, not arrest suspects as before. If you don’t show, no bench warrant. Scott Free to repeat. So, criminals have license to rape, pillage, and plunder the civilian population in California with no worries. If I were you, I would be worried. We are screwed in Mexico and California alike. Its “not going to work-out “. Too bad. Better move-on to “greener” pastures.

5 08 2017
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you again.

Governmentally, California is a microcosm of the nation.

. . .

Part of what may be coming nationally has been described by radio host Michael Savage.

See https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/americas-newest-civil-war-2017-and-beyond/#comment-10559 (“CIVIL WAR IF TRUMP TAKEN DOWN”)

23 08 2017
Timothy D. Naegele

U.S. Warns Citizens About Traveling To Mexico [UPDATED]

Bloomberg has reported:

The U.S. State Department warned its citizens about traveling to parts of Mexico including Cancun and Playa del Carmen, as homicides rise at resorts popular with American tourists.

The advisory issued on Tuesday upgraded the warnings for two states, Quintana Roo and Baja California Sur, saying turf wars between crime gangs have led to a surge in violence. The only warning for Quintana Roo in a December statement was about lack of cellular and Internet service in some areas.

The expanded travel advisory hits at the heart of a tourism industry that brings in $20 billion a year for Mexico. The state of Quintana Roo, where the resorts of Tulum and Cozumel are also located, gets 10 million tourists a year, a third of the national total. The warnings come as homicides in Mexico are set to rise to their highest since at least the turn of the century. Quintana Roo alone has seen 169 murders this year.

“Shooting incidents, in which innocent bystanders have been injured or killed, have occurred” in both states, the U.S. warned. “While most of these homicides appeared to be targeted criminal organization assassinations, turf battles between criminal groups have resulted in violent crime in areas frequented by U.S. citizens.”

While Quintana Roo’s advisory is now stricter, it isn’t included among the most dangerous spots in Mexico, where U.S. government personnel are told to defer non-essential travel. That restriction is reserved for parts of Chihuahua, Coahuila and Colima states, among others. U.S. travel warnings of differing levels exist for most Mexican states.

Business group Coparmex, which represents more than 200 hotels, restaurants and other companies in Cancun, said the advisory will likely affect bookings this winter, when Americans head to the beaches. Adrian Lopez Sanchez, who heads Coparmex in Cancun, says security is beginning to improve after deteriorating earlier this year and last year.

Quintana Roo’s Tourism Ministry was quick to respond to the advisory, issuing a statement to say travelers to the state are “safe and protected” and the government will keep collaborating with federal and U.S. officials on security.

Hotel occupancy in Cancun, Playa del Carmen and surrounding resorts rose to 78.6 percent in the year through July from 75.1 percent in the year-earlier period, according to STR, a provider of data and analytics on the lodging industry.

In January, Asur, the airport operator that services Cancun, saw its stock slump after five people were gunned down at the Blue Parrot nightclub during an electronic music festival in nearby Playa del Carmen. The airport’s stock rose slightly to 361.20 pesos per share at close of market Tuesday. More recently, in early July, one person died after a shootout at a club right across the street from the Blue Parrot.

“Tourism is very sensitive,” Coparmex’s Lopez Sanchez said. “Warnings directed toward the U.S. market are significant.”

See https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-22/u-s-warns-citizens-about-traveling-to-cancun-as-homicides-rise (“U.S. Warns Citizens About Traveling to Cancun“)

As stated in my article above:

The illegal trafficking in human body parts is widespread globally; and Americans and others are being killed for them. No American should feel safe traveling to Mexico, the world’s second deadliest country last year. And no Americans should do business with Mexico until this brutal murder is solved and the killers are brought to justice—and face life in prison, or the gallows.

See also https://www.dallasnews.com/news/mexico/2018/03/24/toxic-gases-killed-american-family-vacationing-condo-mexico (“Half my family is gone’: Toxic gases killed American couple, children vacationing at condo in Mexico“)

29 03 2018
David Blumenthal

There is not enough detail to be believable. Name a state, or region. There is mucho danger, but not everywhere. Stay in groups. Buy drugs in USA, not Mexico.

29 03 2018
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you, David, for your comments.

First, as stated in the article above, the young man’s death and the harvesting of his body parts occurred at a hotel in Rosarito Beach, south of San Diego.

Second, as stated in my comments above:

[T]he young man’s name is being withheld to protect his parents and their privacy.

. . .

What I have wanted is to publicize the killing and mutilation of my friends’ wonderful son far and wide, and to have the White House and the Mexican government act on it and avenge his death.

I cannot name him, or show his photos without the parents’ permission.

Sorry, I would like to provide more details, but cannot.

7 09 2018
Timothy D. Naegele

Boycott Mexico, And Live

Killings are taking place in Mexico, on an ever-accelerating basis. France 24 has reported:

Mexican authorities discovered at least 166 bodies at a mass grave site in Veracruz state, prosecutors said Thursday, the latest horrifying find in a region hit by bloody drug cartel turf wars.

Home to the city of Veracruz, one of Mexico’s largest ports, the eastern state has a history of corrupt politics and grisly power struggles between rival cartels — a toxic mix that has caused an explosion of violence.

“The remains of at least 166 people have been found” in the latest mass grave site discovered in Veracruz, state prosecutor Jorge Winckler told journalists, making it one of the largest such sites so far.

The grave is located in central Veracruz, but authorities are not releasing the exact location for security reasons, he said. Forensic specialists are still working at the scene.

Winckler said investigators had also found 200 articles of clothing, 144 ID cards and other personal belongings at the site since exhumations began on August 8.

An informer told authorities that hundreds of people in all were buried at the site, the state prosecutor’s office said in a statement.

“Based on forensic analysis of the discoveries, it had been determined that these are clandestine burial sites which are at least two years old,” it said.

Authorities have used drones and ground-penetrating radar to help them locate the bodies.

They released photographs of investigators combing through the thick vegetation at the site, wearing white protective suits and gloves.

There are at least 32 separate grave sites, they said.

Hit squads, corruption

Activists accuse the state’s jailed ex-governor, Javier Duarte, of presiding over a rash of human rights abuses in Veracruz.

Two former state police chiefs and a string of ex-officials have been charged with running hit squads that abducted and presumably killed unwanted individuals during Duarte’s administration, from 2010 to 2016.

Duarte himself is in jail awaiting trial on corruption charges.

Investigators accuse him of stealing hundreds of millions of dollars in public funds to buy luxury properties, Miami vacation homes and thoroughbred horses, leaving the once-wealthy state on the verge of bankruptcy.

Some 3,600 people have gone missing in Veracruz since 2006, according to the new government.

Families of some of Veracruz’s legions of missing persons are still digging at another mass grave found in 2016, where 280 bodies have been discovered so far.

They recently announced they had received a tip-off from drug traffickers about another mass grave near that site containing as many as 500 bodies.

It was unclear whether the grave described by prosecutors was the same site.

Mexico has been hit by a wave of violence since deploying the army to fight the country’s powerful drug cartels in 2006.

Since then, more than 200,000 people have been murdered, including a record 28,702 last year.

Another 37,000 people are reported as missing.

See https://www.france24.com/en/20180907-mexico-finds-166-bodies-mass-grave-veracruz-drug-cartels (“Mexican authorities discover 166 bodies at mass grave site in Veracruz“) (emphasis added)

No one knows how many others have been killed, like the young American in my article above.

21 11 2018
Timothy D. Naegele

Mexico To Deport Migrant Caravan Members After Tijuana Arrests

As my article and comments above make abundantly clear, the cartels are running Mexico today. They are killing both Americans and Mexicans, and harvesting their body parts, and kidnapping Americans and others for this reason, and as part of human trafficking.

See, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/15/who-is-next-the-murder-of-a-young-american-and-the-harvesting-of-his-body-parts-in-mexico/ (“Who Is Next? The Murder Of A Young American And The Harvesting Of His Body Parts In Mexico“) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2010/07/30/illegal-immigration-the-solution-is-simple/ (“Illegal Immigration: The Solution Is Simple“) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2009/12/28/human-trafficking/ (“Human Trafficking“) (see also the extensive comments beneath each of these articles); see also https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2018/10/25/remembering-the-comfort-women-victims-of-human-trafficking-and-slavery/ (“Remembering The Comfort Women, Victims Of Human Trafficking And Slavery“)

Put succinctly, there should be no limit to the punishments for the cruel perpetrators of such human atrocities. They must be subject to the harshest measures imaginable.

Will any of Mexico’s governmental officials and entities deal with these catastrophes, or are the officials involved too much in the pockets of the cartels, or too scared to stop them?

Julie Watson has written for the Associated Press:

Migrants camped in Tijuana after traveling in a caravan to reach the U.S were weighing their options Tuesday after a U.S. court blocked President Donald Trump’s asylum ban for illegal border crossers.

Many said they have no intention of breaking the law, but were feeling pressure after anti-migrant protests in this Mexican border city amid claims by Trump and the Tijuana mayor that the caravan harbors gang members and criminals, something they strongly deny.

Keven Paul Mejia, a 27-year-old former security guard from the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa, said there were some delinquents traveling with the group of several thousand who smoke marijuana and get drunk.

But, he said, most are like him, just hoping to land a job in the U.S. “There are more of us who are good, than bad,” Mejia said.

Herson Cordonez, a 29-year-old Honduran, said the actions of a few migrants were tainting the image of the 4,000 to 6,000 in the caravan, not all of whom have yet reached Tijuana. “We are not criminals, we are migrant workers,” Cordonez said, adding that he was considering trying to get into Canada if the U.S. doesn’t want him.

Tijuana officials said late Monday they had arrested 34 caravan members for drug possession, public intoxication, disturbing the peace and resisting police, and they would be deported to their home countries.

Trump administration officials, who have portrayed the migrant caravans as a threat to the United States, have said there are as many as 500 criminals in the groups heading northward, though they haven’t said what crimes they are accused of or where the figure came from.

On Tuesday, journalists awaited the arrival of Homeland Security Secretary Kristen Nielsen on a San Diego pacific coast beach sliced by a towering border wall wrapped in razor wire. On the Tijuana side, dozens of onlookers gathered with cellphones to take pictures of her arrival through the fence.

A man tried to swim into the U.S. less than an hour before Nielsen’s arrival but was quickly detained by border patrol agents. Five agents were on jet skis offshore along with two border patrol boats, while two drones on the Mexican side hovered just above the wall to get a view of the activity.

Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum has made a point of saying the city is not happy with the migrants who began arriving last week, and he compared the Central American group unfavorably with about 3,000 Haitians who ended up staying after their bid to reach the U.S. failed last year.

“The Haitians arrived with their papers, with a clear vision,” Gastelum said in an interview posted on the city’s Facebook page. They came “in an orderly way, they never asked us for food or shelter,” renting apartments and making their own food. He said the Haitians found jobs and “inserted themselves in the city’s economy” and had not been involved in any disturbances.

By contrast, Gastelum said, the caravan of Central Americans, “had arrived all of sudden, with a lot of people – not all . . . but a lot – were aggressive and cocky.”
The Mexican government gave the Haitians temporary transit permits, and after they failed in attempts to enter the United States, many have since applied for Mexican residency. The majority in the Central American caravan have refused Mexico’s repeated offers of residency or asylum, and vowed to cross the border.

Haitian Chilo Semaco, 36, said Mexico has been “more or less” welcoming to the Haitian immigrants. Since arriving in Tijuana two years ago, Semaco has found work selling aprons to people crossing the border in their cars. “It’s better than being in Haiti,” he said.

Some local police and residents have expressed concern that portraying the caravan as criminals has tarred its innocent members and exposed them to reprisals.

Some of the largely Honduran migrants were frightened when about 500 people in an affluent district of Tijuana staged angry protests Sunday against the caravan. Dozens of the more radical protesters then marched to an outdoor sports complex near downtown where 2,500 migrants have been staying, sleeping on dirt fields and under bleachers.

Walter Matute, 36, said he has been deported from the U.S. twice and fears jumping the border would end his ability to get asylum. But he believes others will now take a chance in light of the court ruling blocking Trump’s ban on asylum for illegal border crossers.

“Yes people are going to cross,” the 36-year-old Honduran said. “There are a lot of women and children. A lot are going to be up for it now.”

Sitting on a curb near the sports complex, a Honduran woman affirmed his assessment. The woman, who declined to give her name, said she was getting anxious and was considering crossing illegally to skip the long wait at the Mexican port of entry for asylum seekers.

U.S. border inspectors are processing only about 100 asylum claims a day at Tijuana’s main crossing to San Diego, and there was already a waiting list of 3,000 when the new migrants arrived, so most will have to wait months to even be considered for asylum.

Gastelum, appealing for greater federal help to cope with what he called an “avalanche” of migrants, estimated they would be in Tijuana for at least six months while waiting to file asylum claims.

For most people in this city of 1.6 million, the arrival of thousands of Central Americans is not very noticeable. Most of the migrants stay within a three-block radius of the sports complex that faces the towering metal walls topped with barbed wire at the U.S.-Mexico border.

But the United States has dramatically increased security at ports of entry in preparation for the caravan, placing cement barriers topped with razor wire that can be quickly moved to block passage if a mass of migrants to try to force their way into the country.

See https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/nov/20/mexico-deport-migrant-caravan-members-after-tijuan/ (“Mexico to deport migrant caravan members after Tijuana arrests“)

NONE should be given asylum; and the federal judge who blocked President Trump’s ban for illegal border crossers must be removed from the courts, permanently and shamed forever.

5 12 2018
Timothy D. Naegele

4,000 Died Or Missing On Way To USA

Statue of Liberty

Maria Verza has written for AP News:

Haydee Posadas had waited eight years for her son to come home. On the last night of her long vigil, she was too agitated to sleep.

Her son had fled Honduras for the U.S. in 2010 in part because of gang threats, just as thousands are doing today in the migrant caravans headed north, including men from the same neighborhood. But en route in Mexico, again like so many others, Wilmer Gerardo Nunez disappeared into the vortex of drug violence that he was trying to escape in the first place. Left in limbo, his anguished mother prayed for an answer.

“I am between a rock and a hard place,” she begged God through the years. “I know nothing about my son, whether he’s dead or alive.”

Nunez’s story is part of the hidden toll of migration to the U.S. through Mexico: In the past four years alone, almost 4,000 migrants have died or gone missing along that route, The Associated Press has found in an exclusive tally. That’s 1,573 more than the previously known number, calculated by the United Nations. And even the AP’s number is likely low — bodies may be lost in the desert, and families may not report missing loved ones who were migrating illegally.

These Latin American migrants are among about 56,800 worldwide who died or disappeared over the same period, the AP found.

While migrants everywhere face risks, the Mexico route holds the added danger of drug trafficking and gang violence. More than 37,000 people have gone missing throughout Mexico because of this violence, with the highest number in the border state of Tamaulipas, through which many migrants cross. The sheer numbers of the disappeared, along with crushing bureaucracy and the fear of gangs, makes it difficult for families to track what happened to their loved ones — as Posadas found out.


Ciudad Planeta in San Pedro Sula looks like an ordinary working-class neighborhood, with one-story concrete houses with metal roofs. Only the bars that hem in nearly every porch let on that it is one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in one of the world’s most dangerous countries.

This is the neighborhood Nunez left for the first time in the 1990s to go to the United States at 16, when his mother lost her factory job.

“He did not say anything to me. One day he simply left,” said Posadas, a diminutive 73-year-old grandmother known in the neighborhood as “Mama Haydee.”

Nunez was not the oldest of the 10 children in the family, but he was the one who looked out for the others. He sent money home, some of which Posadas used to build metal bars around the porch. And he called his mother almost every day.

Nunez was deported twice but returned to the U.S. each time. In 2007, he fell in love with a Mexican woman, Maria Esther Lozano, now 38, and they had a child, Dachell. When Lozano was about to give birth to another child, in July 2010, Nunez was deported a third time.

Posadas was happy to have him back home. He would make lunch with her, stewing meat, kneading tortilla flour and frying up ripe bananas.

“He cooked better than a woman,” Posadas said, her face lighting up at the memory.

But the neighborhood had grown more dangerous, with organized crime moving in and frequent bloody raids. All of Posadas’ children left except for one who stayed, and one who died of illness.

Once Posadas’ daughter was handcuffed to the bars of the house, while men who said they were police went inside and shot her grandson because they suspected his involvement with gangs. Other nights there were shootouts in the streets. Sometimes Posadas awoke to the thunder of footsteps from someone fleeing across the metal sheet roofs of houses.

Posadas has a mantra for survival in Planeta: “If you saw it, you didn’t see it. If you heard it, you didn’t hear it. And everyone keeps quiet.”

The third time Nunez was deported, in 2010, things were so bad he barely went outside the home.

“He seemed very pensive,” Posadas said. ”‘I’m afraid,’ he told me.”

He was also anxious to get back to California and meet his new daughter. After just a few days in San Pedro Sula and an apparent threat from gang members, he left earlier than planned.

“I have to get out of here now,” he told Lozano, without further explanation.

Nunez, his nephew, Joao Adolfo, and two neighbors hopped on a midnight bus that takes dozens of migrants daily to the Guatemalan border.

In the past, Nunez had crossed the U.S. border in California. But this time he hurt his ankle while fleeing from the Zetas gang in Veracruz state, Lozano said. So he struck out for the border with Texas, a shorter but more dangerous route.

He called Lozano every day, sometimes from the phone of the smuggler taking them across the border. He liked the guide but worried that the group was too big, with dozens of migrants in two trucks.

About a week after he left Honduras, he spoke to his mother for the last time, telling her to pray that everything would turn out well. A day later, he spoke to Lozano, for nearly an hour. Rula — Nunez’s nickname — seemed relaxed, making jokes, she said.

They were in Piedras Negras, across from Eagle Pass in Texas. Lozano was supposed to wait for a call to pay the smuggler half the money, about $3,000. Then she needed another call from Nunez’s sister to confirm his safe arrival before paying the remaining $3,000.

The calls never came. Lozano never heard from Nunez. She talked to the smuggler a couple of times, who told her they were still waiting to cross. Then the phone went unanswered.


At first Posadas and Lozano weren’t too worried. They were used to losing contact with Nunez, then 35, for a few days during his trips, for example when his cellphone failed.

But about two weeks after he left, when Posadas turned on the television news, fear suddenly seized her. Authorities had found 72 corpses of migrants on a ranch in San Fernando, Tamaulipas, across the border from Texas, the report said.

“I started to weep like a crazy person. There were no names, but I was shaken,” said Posadas.

It turned out that gang members in vehicles marked with the letter Z — the calling card of the feared Zetas drug cartel — had stopped two tractor-trailers with dozens of migrants in northern Mexico. They were taken to the ranch and asked to join the cartel. Only one agreed.

The rest were blindfolded, tied up on the floor and shot dead. An Ecuadorian managed to escape and alerted the navy.

A list of victims released days after the massacre included the names of Posadas’ grandson and the two neighbors who had been traveling with them. But there was no trace of Nunez, and authorities told Posadas that if he was not among the dead, he could be alive.

Posadas asked local prosecutors, the Honduran foreign ministry and Mexican authorities about her son, but no one had information for her. Her ex-husband, Nunez’s father, offered a DNA sample to be compared with the cadavers that had not yet been identified. Photos of those cadavers did not include Nunez.

Hoping against hope, Posadas and Lozano worked to find Nunez. They tried jails, detention centers and hospitals. Nothing. Lozano gave the Honduran consulate names, photos and descriptions of Nunez’s tattoos, including one of Dachell and another of the number 8. She went there every day.

Still nothing.

Then they heard that the Ecuadorian survivor said another man — a Honduran — also had escaped the massacre and helped him get away from the ranch. Honduran and Mexican authorities refused to give Lozano any more information because the man was under protection. They would not even confirm whether it was Nunez.

There was no luck with the Ecuadorian embassy, either, when Lozano asked to convey a photo of Nunez to the Ecuadorian survivor.

“I didn’t want to see him, or even talk to him, just for him to look at the photo and tell me if it was the same person who helped him,” Lozano sobbed.

In Honduras, Posadas also ran up against hurdles. She went to the capital, Tegucigalpa, to consult with Honduran and Mexican officials, but nobody could even say what had happened with her ex-husband’s DNA sample. She called and called for a year, until finally they stopped answering.

The only thing left was to go to Mexico. But how could a sick old woman do that? Lozano was in no better position to do so, with five children depending on her and no legal residence in the U.S.

Lozano hired a lawyer to help relatives search prisons in Tamaulipas. That’s when they thought they had a breakthrough: The lawyer said he saw a man resembling Nunez in one of the prisons. Posadas asked herself, “Has God heard my pleas?”

But that lead also vanished. They heard nothing more from the lawyer, and Lozano’s brothers had to abandon the search because of threats from the Zetas.

Posadas told herself that if her son were alive, he would have called her. Yet without information or a body, she still held on to hope.

After three years of searching, that began to diminish. She spent nights awake in her small living room, decorated with knick-knacks and photos, including one of Nunez as a teenager. Days were just as desperate.

“I felt like I was falling into a terrible depression,” Posadas said. “I would walk down the street and people would see I was smiling, but it was on the outside … nobody knew how I was on the inside.”


Posadas had no way to know, but she could have had her answer days after the mass killing.

The official report on the massacre stated that body No. 63 was a male with tattoos, including “Dachell” and the number 8. Documents note the finding of a Honduran driver’s license in the name of Wilmer Gerardo Nunez Posadas, with a photo of a man with a moustache and beard. Yet nobody made that information public, and body No. 63 was eventually buried in a common grave.

In September 2013, the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team and other groups reached an agreement with Mexican prosecutors to identify more than 200 bodies from three massacres, including the one at San Fernando. All the bodies in the common grave were exhumed for new autopsies. In March 2015, Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office sent a letter to the Honduran Supreme Court asking for help locating the relatives of two men, including Nunez.

When the Argentine team found out about Nunez’s ID, they tried to track down the family, but did not want to set foot in Planeta.

“I made it clear that I could not enter that area,” said Allang Rodriguez, a psychologist with the Committee of Relatives of Disappeared Migrants of El Progreso, a group working with the Argentines.

The Catholic church helped in the search, and talked to nuns who worked with migrants. One woman, Geraldina Garay, knew a taxi driver who lived in Planeta. He offered to leave a scrap of paper with a phone number that Posadas could call in one of the neighborhood’s oldest stores, behind her home.

A neighbor saw the message and brought it to Posadas late last year. Confused, she called the number. The voice on the other end wanted to meet to talk about her disappeared son.

“Today I finally have hope,” she thought.

When they met, the forensic experts told her about the driver’s license and the tattoos. They arranged for DNA tests for her and for Wilmer Turcios Sarmiento, 18, who was thought to be Nunez’s son from a teenage relationship before he left for the U.S.

In May, Posadas learned the DNA tests had come back positive — one of 183 matches for dead migrants found with help of the Argentine team since 2010.

“My heart hurt so much … most of all because of the death he suffered, not even knowing who killed him, with his eyes blindfolded, hands tied …” Posadas said, her voice trailing off, tears in her eyes.

The DNA tests also proved Nunez was Turcios’ father. It was like finding and losing a father at the same time, he told his grandmother.

One question continued to rattle around in Posadas’ mind, and it was what pained her the most: “Why? Why, having the proof, did they hide it so long?”

The report she was given spoke of errors and inconsistencies in the handling of the case, and called for an investigation into the delay. To date, nobody has been convicted for the killings, and nine people are still unidentified. Mexican officials did not comment.


On Oct. 31, Wilmer Gerardo Nunez came home to Honduras.

The coffin arrived at the airport in San Pedro Sula, packaged in cardboard with a thin black ribbon and Nunez’s name, and was transported to the morgue. When it was opened, the odor of death filled the room, softened by chemical products.

Posadas, holding a small red towel to wipe away tears and sweat, approached with her husband, her sister and a psychologist. A forensic worker unwrapped the cadaver. By now the head was just a skull, but on the arms some of the skin remained, along with tattoos. Posadas didn’t need to see any more.

About 20 people came to the brief wake at the house in Planeta, where the coffin took up most of the living room in the baking sun. After eight years, the final goodbye lasted about two hours. Posadas feared that if it went any longer, the gangsters who control the neighborhood would show up.

Then a bus from the Planeta Baptist Church took the family to a small cemetery with a motley collection of unkempt tombs.

“I am finally sure. It is him. It is him. I give thanks to God,” Posadas sobbed before collapsing next to the coffin.

Several mourners took cellphone video for relatives in the United States to see, but Nunez’s children in Los Angeles still don’t know he is dead. His younger daughter, Sulek Haydee, now 8, talks more and more to her grandmother online, and often asks: “Where is my daddy? Why doesn’t he come to see us?”

“He can’t, mamita,” Posadas answers with a knot in her throat. “He’s working.”

Nunez’s son in Honduras dreams of going to the U.S. himself to seek a better life. “Anything is better than this,” Turcios said.

See https://www.apnews.com/aaac850c517441b4a1936cb59cdc7040 (“Honduras mother waits for migrant son missing en route to US“) (emphasis added); see also https://www.breitbart.com/border/2018/12/04/three-migrants-found-dead-near-texas-border-in-as-many-days/ (“Three Migrants Found Dead near Texas Border in As Many Days“)

These are heart-wrenching stories, but the United States cannot solve the problems of crime and poverty in this world, any more than Europe can.

Yet, both have been overrun with illegal migrants, many of whom have been killed along the way, or thrust into the dark webs of human traffickers, or those who engage in the harvesting of human body parts—like the wonderful son of my old friends, about whom I wrote the article above.

9 12 2018
Timothy D. Naegele

British Woman Who Died In Mexico Was Flown Home Without Her Eyes, Heart And BRAIN

Amanda Gill's mother

Sebastian Murphy-Bates has written in the UK’s Daily Mail:

A dead British tourist’s body was returned to her family with no eyes, heart or brain after she died in a Mexican hospital.

Organ traffickers are feared to be the reason that 41-year-old Amanda Gill’s corpse came home with every vital parts missing other than her lower bowel.

Her devastated mother, 65-year-old Elaine Hines, told of her horror when her daughter ‘came home empty’.

‘They stole everything inside her,’ she told The Sunday People. ‘If this has happened to Amanda how many other people has it ­happened to and will again?’

Amanda’s sister, Katie Miller-Gill, said: ‘Where are my sister’s beautiful blue eyes? Why were they taken from her? Where is her brain, her heart?’

The 35-year-old added that the family might have considered donating the organs if only they had been asked, but says that they were stolen before they could consider it.

She thinks they may have been taken by criminals who did not think that a British family would follow the case up.

Barmaid and waitress Amanda from Shipley, West Yorkshire, died at Hospital de Cos following diabetes complications while travelling.

It is thought that she may have suffered ketoacidosis, which can by treated through fluids from an IV drip. But she died less than 12 hours after falling ill.

Hospital chiefs and local justices say they do not know what happened to the body and say it was placed in a sealed bag and handed to police with all its organs intact.

But the country is blighted by criminals and corrupt doctors who steal organs to make money from Mexico’s donor shortage.

Her mother said the family only found out about the missing parts when the body was subjected to a CT scan back in the UK.

The lack of organs meant that a postmortem could not be performed to determine how she died.

Elaine said that her daughter had been to hospital a few times with ketoacidosis but doesn’t understand why she died on this occasion.

She claims that the hospital said her daughter ‘wouldn’t take fluids’. Elaine says the first thing doctors have done in previous treatments is put her daughter on a drip, adding that ketoacidosis ‘isn’t something that would have killed her’.

Mexican authorities gave one cause of death as ‘visceral congestion’ which pathologists in the UK have been baffled by.

The family cremated the body on Amanda’s birthday, February 27, without the organs after she died in December.

Mexican authorities have blamed one another, with nobody willing to accept responsibility.

Hospital de Cos admin manager Angeles Nava said that when Amanda died the British embassy was called.

He said the embassy then called the police, who came to collect the body. He said that when the body was sealed in a bag all of the organs were in there.

Hospital de Cos handed the family documents telling them they owed the facility £1,600 for treatment.

MailOnline has contacted the police for comment, but The Sunday People says that the force refused to speak to its reporters.

Public prosecutor Edgar Camacho said he received a report about Amanda’s death with listed the cause of diabetic shock.

He claims to know nothing of the missing organs and says that no investigation had been launched even though the Foreign Office has contacted Mexican authorities.

He said it was ‘very strange’ that somebody took her brain and eyes and described Hospital de Cos as ‘very bad’.

Mr Camacho claimed that about 90 per cent of patients who are admitted to the hospital die.

A Bradford inquest into Amanda’s death said that it was more likely than not that the death was the result of natural causes but acknowledged there were unanswered questions.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said that it is supporting the family of a British woman who died in Mexico and that it has conveyed concerns to the country’s mortuary services.

See https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6476109/British-woman-died-Mexico-flown-home-without-eyes-heart-BRAIN.html (“British woman who died in Mexico was flown home without her eyes, heart and BRAIN ‘after they were stolen by organ traffickers'”) (emphasis added)

This echoes what I wrote in the article above and the comments beneath it about the wonderful son of old friends of mine, who was killed savagely at Rosarito Beach, Mexico.

This could happen to anyone, and does; and your children, grandchildren or other loved ones might be next.


Amanda Gill

2 02 2019
Timothy D. Naegele

Boycott Mexico After Another Savage Killing [UPDATED]

My article above describes what happened to the truly wonderful son of old friends of mine. His tragic fate is not an isolated incident. Indeed, I have written about Amanda Gill and others.

See https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/15/who-is-next-the-murder-of-a-young-american-and-the-harvesting-of-his-body-parts-in-mexico/#comment-15404 (“British Woman Who Died In Mexico Was Flown Home Without Her Eyes, Heart And BRAIN“)

Now, Adrianna Zappavigna has written for Australia’s news.com.au:

The body of a Korean man who died in Mexico of “natural causes” has been flown home with missing organs, prompting his widow to speak out.

The 35-year-old (known only as Mr Kim) leaves behind two children and a wife, who claims there was nothing natural about her husband’s cause of death.

After Mr Kim’s body was flown back to his family in South Korea “without brain, stomach and heart”, his wife claims the father-of-two was involved in a fight before he died.

She claims he was involved in an altercation at a karaoke bar in Monterrey on the day he died. According to Mrs Kim, her unconscious husband was rushed to hospital the night of January 3, where he was later pronounced dead. All of this was allegedly caught on CCTV.

Her fears of a cover-up were amplified when she demanded a second autopsy be performed on January 21 by the Korean National Forensic Service.

A forensic scientist told her there were signs of external injury and bruising on her husband’s body. He was also missing his brain and stomach. The NFS could not determine the cause of his death due to the missing organs.

“More than a week later, I received the autopsy result that says ‘no external injuries.’ I was dumbfounded,” Mrs. Kim wrote on the Cheong Wa Dae website, where she has launched an online petition.

She claims Mexican police were not investigating her husband’s death because on paper, dying of natural causes was not suspicious.


Mrs Kim is now demanding Mexican authorities return her husband’s organs. “My husband was a citizen of Korea. His three-year-old son and 11-month-old daughter have lost their father,” she wrote. “Please help me and help my husband.”

Since January 22, the petition has garnered more than 17,500 signatures.

KBS World Radio has confirmed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in South Korea has also asked Mexican authorities to return the missing organs, which are believed to be at the Servicio Medico Forense (Forensic Medical Service).


While gangs have long had a hand in everything from politics to gang violence, Mexican cartels are now being accused of organ trafficking as well.

Gangs, especially the Caballeros Templarios, are known to engage in illegal activity other than drug trafficking including kidnapping and organ pilfering.

“I have no doubt organs are being removed from bodies,” says David Shirk, a professor of political science and director of the Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego, who has investigated trafficking.

And he suggests it’s happening on and off the streets. “For the most part, organ trafficking occurs in hospitals, where there are corrupt medical practitioners.”

With more than 21,000 people waiting for organ transplants in Mexico, the market for organ trafficking is a lucrative one.

Despite the risks, Mexico’s tourism is booming and remains the number one destination for American tourists, last year receiving record numbers of visitors. While it remains a tourist hotspot, government officials still advise travellers to “exercise a high degree of caution” when visiting.


Mrs Kim’s plight bears striking similarities to that of a British family who recently made headlines. After British barmaid and waitress Amanda Gill, 41, died in hospital in Mexico, her body was returned to her family without her eyes, heart or brain. She was also reportedly missing all of her vital parts except for her lower bowel.

Mexican authorities officially ruled her cause of death as “visceral congestion.”

“They stole everything inside her,” her devastated mother, Elaine Hines, told The Sunday People. “If this has happened to Amanda how many other people has it ­happened to and will again?”

See https://www.news.com.au/travel/world-travel/north-america/man-who-died-in-mexico-flown-home-without-brain-stomach-and-heart/news-story/6474b0c9a1131613c48d4101a23da44c (“Man dies in Mexico, sent home ‘without brain, stomach or heart’”) (emphasis added); see also
http://m.koreatimes.co.kr/pages/article.asp?newsIdx=262934 (“Korean man who died in Mexico returned with missing organs“) and https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/dead-soldiers-parents-want-answers-after-disturbing-autopsy-results/news-story/e15c3102e5bc39c7f682e056058e5144 (“Dead soldier’s parents want answers after disturbing autopsy results“) and https://www.news.com.au/national/tough-new-laws-to-crack-down-on-illegal-organ-trade-to-be-considered-by-parliamentary-inquiry/news-story/6734f8d6b5501578e8e21007cb1c7051 (“Tough new laws to crack down on illegal organ trade to be considered by parliamentary inquiry“) and https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/true-stories/mum-gives-birth-to-dying-baby-to-donate-organs-to-other-sick-bubs/news-story/251b40acd60a976ed4d0ab0ef24379a2?from=rss-basic (“Mum gives birth to dying baby to donate organs to other sick bubs“) and https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6661167/1-American-killed-1-injured-gunmen-Acapulco.html (“American . . . killed in Acapulco“)

2 02 2019
H. Craig Bradley

Bill O’Reilly recently reported on NewsMax on YouTube that in 2017, about 65,000 Mexican nationals were either killed or disappeared with no trace. In addition, about 150 government officials were murdered in one year by the Cartels, as well.

Drug Cartels run and own Mexico but the News media in the U.S. does not like to cover it because places like Cancun, Mexico are economically reliant upon American Tourists. In Mexico, construction is one way the Cartels launder their drug money. I agree, I would not visit Mexico but thousands of Americans do it every year and apparently have no concerns about it.

In fact, one neighbor down the street goes to Cancun every January for a month or so. They like it down there. I would say if you go to a 5-Star Resort and stay there or only go on daytime outings ( the nearby ruins ) with a group, then you are probably safe enough. Venture out alone or at night and you could be picked-off by a panther or a bandito. All depends…..

2 02 2019
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you, Craig, for your additional thoughts on the subject, which are similar to what you wrote after my article above was first published.

I have advised family members and friends to boycott Mexico completely, to send a message loud and clear. Absent this, the cartels will operate without any constraints.

And yes, Mexicans themselves are victimized by the cartels more than anyone.

2 02 2019
H. Craig Bradley


Bill O’Reilly called the police on Aruba in 2009 “The Keystone Cops” regarding the disappearance of one young lady named Natalee Holloway (presumed dead). Van der Sloot was the person of interest in this murder investigation but nothing could be proven without a body and so he was ultimately released by the authorities.

I would suggest that today, if any American travels anywhere in the developing world alone or without a guide or as being part of a group tour, then he/she is taking their chances. In that case, good luck to you.

[Joran van der Sloot and Natalee Holloway]

See also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disappearance_of_Natalee_Holloway (“Disappearance of Natalee Holloway”)

2 02 2019
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you again. Yes, I agree.

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