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.

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77 Suicides in Querétaro in One Month

Mexican authorities reported 77 suicides in the state of Querétaro during the month of January 2011. To put these figures in perspective, there were only 73 suicides reported during the entire year of 2010.

The Director of the municipal Council Against Addictions, Aitor Juarista Mendoza, indicated the principle reasons were alcohol, depression and failed relationships.

Fulano is investigating an alternative theory that the denizens of Querétaro are in an ennui due to the antics of effete, pseudo intellectual Gringos and their flatulent dogs.

Link to article in Spanish.

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From Another Blog

Mulege: “A Small Drinking Village with a Fishing Problem”

While we observed that much of northern Baja – especially inland and along remote Pacific coasts – was rugged and authentically Mexican and forgotten, further south along the Sea of Cortez, Baja has become something else. America has found it and, has thus, irrevocably changed it. The closer we got to Mulege, the more billboards we saw reading “Oceanfront Property!” or “Own a Piece of Paradise!” all in English. Here, the beaches became cluttered with enormous homes or RV settlements, all full of ex-pats. And in the face of this presence, the true Mexico seemed to be fading away into the margins. The RV enclaves offered their own restaurants and dance clubs so residents could eat hamburgers and listen to Jimmy Buffett or Beyonce. In Mulege, Americans who had been living in the town for over 15 years didn’t speak a lick of Spanish and found gringo hangouts to stick to where the familiar was still available. And the gringos here are big drinkers. The bars were full of them by noon, and we saw signs around town for AA meetings offered in English. One Alaska native proudly announced that Mulege was “a small drinking village with a fishing problem.” One tourist shop was selling a t-shirt featuring a man in a sombrero saying, “I’m not a gynecologist, but I’d be happy to take a look.” What must the locals think of us? In trying to escape our problems, we’ve only brought them with us, inflicting them on another people, thus diluting their culture in the process. Why is it that, whenever we try to run away from something, we always rebuild it in our new surroundings? I don’t want to sound hypocritical here: I understand that I’m a gringo vacationing in Baja by virtue of the privileged life I lead. I understand that I’m here without a grasp of the Spanish language and not much knowledge of the culture. However, I’d like to believe that if I were to live here, I would do my best to respect what came before. I would learn Spanish. I would not build an ostentatious home. I would not solely spend my money on the offerings of other gringos. I would not isolate myself from the culture. I would not dilute it with my own desires and problems. I’d like to think I’d find my own niche within the culture rather than making a point to stand apart from it.

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Tijuana Police Continue Extorting Tourists

Tijuana – April 19. 2011. Guillermo Diaz, president of the Merchants’ Association of the Central Zone, reported that members of the municipal police are still extorting money from foreign tourists, especially in the Zona Norte of the city.

In an interview, the business representative pointed out that more than SIAVE, the restriction on dollars and all the border restrictions, the drop in tourism is due to the extortions carried out by the police.

“They see an American license plate and they pull it over, much different from what the authorities say, and they keep doing it,” he complained.

As proof he has the testimony of established developers in the city of Rosarito, who in recent days have claimed that tourists do not buy condos in the area because Americans do not even want to go there.

“The tourists say each time they pass through Tijuana it costs them at least $200 in mordidas,” he added.

He explained that during a tour of the Zona Norte, it is easy to see how cars with American license plates were stopped by the municipal police.

“Contrary to official statements which insure us that the municipal police now do not extort tourists, it remains a recurring problem and they told us that the percentage of complaints have reduced,” he explained.

He said that before a million people came and a certain number of them complained, now the officials say there are not so many complaints, but they have not considered that now there are maybe only a thousand tourists.

Guillermo Diaz said that despite holding meetings with local public safety officials and people close to Mayor Carlos Bustamante Anchondo, they are always left with promises and the situation has not changed and apparently will not change.

Link to article in Spanish.

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Fulano’s Factoids

During Easter Week, April 16 to April 25, 2011, 83 people were murdered in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. The state of Sinaloa has a population of 2,767,552.

During the same week, there were 18 people murdered in Los Angeles County. Los Angeles County has a population of 9,818,605.

If you annualize the murder rates, they are:

Sinaloa = 156 per 100,000
Los Angeles County = 9.5 per 100,000

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Americans Warned to Stay Away from Mexico — Again

For his part, Tijuana Mayor Carlos Bustamante said in an press interview last Monday that he does not understand why the US is keeping Tijuana on its travel alert list. Bustamonte insists it is just bad faith by the Americans because they have their own problems and want the people to stay on their side of the border and not in Mexico.

Link to self-serving statement by Carlos Bustamante in Spanish.

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Man Pleads Guilty to Illegal Entry After 9 Deportations

A Mexican national who had been deported nine times pleaded guilty to illegal re-entry to the United States Monday, according to the federal attorney in Sacramento. U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner said that Humberto Moran-Torres, 42, of Mexico, pleaded guilty in mid-trial.

Moran-Torres had been deported from the United States on nine prior occasions, according to court records. He also had prior convictions for possession of heroin for sale and second degree assault with a deadly weapon, court records show.

Monday’s plea was his third conviction on federal immigration charges, records show. Moran-Torres is scheduled to be sentenced by on July 22. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

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“Zero Tolerance” For Mexican Gas Stations

Bruno Ferrari, the Secretary of the Economy, announced that in response to the constant complaints to PROFECO of gasoline stations that give short liters of gasoline, he has established a policy of “zero tolerance.”

“By the end of 2011 we will have installed on each gasoline pump dispenser a device that will provide certainty to consumers that they receive accurate liters.”

Yeah, well, good luck with that one Bruno.

Link to article in Spanish.

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