American Murdered in Los Cabos

Well, if you read the news in Spanish, the poor American committed suicide by cutting his own throat and jumping into the ocean.

Martin Lewis Davis, [real name is Martin David Lewis] 60 years old and originally from Michigan was staying at a hotel in the tourist corridor of Los Cabos when he went for a walk on the beach. His body was later found on the rocks with his throat cut.

The Attorrney General has declared it a suicide, even though there was no suicide note or other evidence. An editorial comment at the bottom of the article says this was a cover-up by power people in the tourist industry trying to protect their financial interests. Being labeled as a suicide, the case in closed.

Another publication mentioned that the deceased slashed his neck three times before he was able to sever his jugular vein. That is kind of like shooting yourself in the head twice.

Perfect Crime?

Link to article in Spanish.


The Dark Side of Cabo San Lucas – Part 2

In Part 2 to The Dark Side of Cabo San Lucas, I am going to show the reaction in the Mexican press to Carrie Duncan’s scathing editorial in the Gringo Gazette about the crime in Cabo San Lucas. In her editorial, Carrie proposed creating a group of volunteers to help protect tourists. She was talking about civilians to act as observers and ombudsmen for tourists. Here is what she actually said in her editorial:

It is important that these volunteers only work as vigilantes occasionally, so they don’t go into cahoots with the police and become part of the problem.

The largest newspaper in Baja California Sur is El Sudcaliforniano. They picked up on the word vigilantes and ran with it, publishing the following [Fulano’s translation]:

Foreigners seeking to create their own paramilitary groups
The Sudcaliforniano, May 21, 2010

In light of the lack of public security in Los Cabos, American Carrie Duncan, has proposed to her countrymen located in this international resort center that they form a military force to enforce their own foreign laws and become “vigilantes” against the actions of the federal, state and municipal governments, as well as place the public and private sector under the microscope.
…The foreigner called another meeting last May 6th at her own editorial offices, with the intention of continuing her project to strengthen her now started “Ku – Klux – Klan” militia. This was certainly because last March 29, 2010, she described how tourists are robbed and extorted by the police and waiters in bars and restaurants in Los Cabos.
The foreigner claims that in Baja California Sur, “The Law is the problem,” along with the three levels of government.  In addition she emphasized in her column that “the government is the problem.”
During her meetings she referred to the state and local government as, “a group of fucking, asshole, thieves who need to be stopped.”
Carrie Duncan, a person well-known in the Los Cabos community for her open racism against Mexicans, as well as her hostile attitude towards national institutions and local governments, as well as pointing out in her publication, printed in English and distributed among the foreign community located in the south of the state, highlighting her discriminatory and racist attitude towards the local culture.

While this type of yellow journalism does not surprise me, as I read Mexican newspapers daily, it may be an eye-opener for those who only get their information about Mexico from the tourist ministry or message boards full of people selling Mexico to gringos. After reading the article, is there anybody out there who still thinks the Mexicans who run Los Cabos are even the least bit interested in fixing the crime problem? They are only interested in shooting the messenger.