Crimes against Americans in Baja

The news flowing northward out of Baja California of late paints a worrisome portrait. More and more Americans are being attacked, robbed and murdered. Here are some news items from just the past two months. Many of these items were never reported in US newspapers:

September 2, 2011 – American Susan Bushong, 52-years of age, stopped her car in Rosarito to look at a curio store. When she came out she saw a man inside her car removing items. The man saw her and ran to a waiting car and fled.

September 10, 2011 – Long time Baja resident Ronald Hoff, 56-years old and his wife were attacked by three robbers near their home in San Quintin. Hoff was brutally beaten and left unconscious. When his wife, Cristina, came to his rescue the men attacked her, knocking her unconscious and cutting her throat before dumping her elsewhere. Both survivied the attack and are slowly recovering but will need further surgery and may never fully recover.

October 3, 2011 – The body of Margaret Katherine Reeves, 42-years old, and originally from Los Angeles, was discovered in a public cemetery in Ensenada. She was killed by a blow to her head. Police believe she was murdered elsewhere and her body was dumped in the cemetery.

October 4, 2011 – American Howie Lange has lived in San Juanico, Baja California Sur for 15 years. Four masked and armed men broke into his home, kicked him in the stomach and demanded all the money in the home, which was $5,000. They then tossed him into a SUV and drove him miles into the country, put a gun to his head and choked him with a rope. They left him there, a 2-1/2 hour walk back to town.

October 19, 2011 – American Robert Paul Frey, 66-years old, was bashed over the head in his own home in Ensenada by a young Mexican couple who rented another home from him. They tied him hand and foot with adhesive tape, taped his mouth, and then strangled him with a rope.


Things that end badly

On April 28, 1945, at the Piazzale Loreto in Milan, Benito Mussolini and his mistress Clara Petacci were shot and hanged in a spectacle that was photographed repeatedly. His last words were, “Shoot me in the chest!”

Muhammad Anwar al-Sadat,  President of Egypt, serving from  October 15, 1970 until his assassination by fundamentalist army officers on October 6, 1981.

The execution of Saddam Hussein, President of Iraq, took place on December 30, 2006 (the first day of Eid-al-Adha). Saddam was sentenced to death by hanging, after being found guilty and convicted of crimes against humanity by the Iraqi Special Tribunal for the murder of 148 Iraqi Shi’ite in the town of Dujail in 1982.

Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi killed October 20, 2011 after his convoy was attacked and he was pulled out of a drainage pipe by Libyan rebel forces.

Bashar al-Assad, the current president of Syria, is looking a little nervous these days.



September 28, 2011 starts the New Year for Jews, Rosh Hashanah. “Rosh Hashanah” means “head of the year.” It is year 5772 in the Hebrew calendar. Did you ever wonder how the Jews figured out it was going to be year 5772?

Well, if you read the Book of Genesis, you know it describes how God created the heavens and Earth and then created Adam and Eve. It then lists their offspring and how long they lived, and so on and so on through the millenia. Well, the Jews counted all the people and all the years they lived since Creation and determined the age of the Earth will be 5772 years old after sunset on September 28, 2011.

The first man, in Biblical terms, was Adam. Adam is a Hebrew word. It means “man.” So the name of the first man is “man”. The Hebrew word for Adam’s wife, Eve, is “Chavah.” Chavah is a variant of the Hebrew work “Chai,” which means “life.”

The Jews actually have four different years and four different new years, each starting at a different time. The one that starts September 28 is the civil year for people, animals, and legal contracts. Being an agricultural people, they had other years related to the planting of crops.

It is not appropriate to wish “Happy New Year” on Rosh Hashanah, as it is a solemn occasion. Instead, Jews say “L’Shana Tova,” which means “to a Good Year.”

A Jewish legal day runs from sunset to sunset, why is that? Well, that’s what it says in the Book of Genesis.

Gen 1:5: And Elohim called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

So that first 24-hour day began with night and ended with day–and it’s been that way ever since.