Category:Missing person cases in Mexico
Pages in category "Missing person cases in Mexico"
The following 23 pages are in this category, out of 23 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 23 pages are in this category, out of 23 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Oscar Zeta Acosta – Oscar Zeta Acosta was an American attorney, politician, novelist and activist in the Chicano Movement. He was most well known for his novels Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo and The Revolt of the Cockroach People, Thompson characterized him as a heavyweight Samoan attorney, Dr. Gonzo, in his novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Acosta disappeared in 1974 during a trip in Mazatlan, Mexico, Acosta was born in El Paso, Texas to Manuel and Juanita Acosta, from Mexico and El Paso, respectively. Oscar was the child born but second to survive childhood. He had a brother, Roberto, born in 1934. After the family moved to California, the children were raised in the small San Joaquin Valley rural community of Riverbank, California, Acostas father was drafted during World War II. After finishing high school, Acosta joined the U. S. Air Force, following his discharge, Acosta worked his way through Modesto Junior College. He went on to San Francisco State University where he studied writing, becoming the first member of his family to get a college education. He attended night classes at San Francisco Law School and passed the California Bar exam in 1966, in 1967, Acosta began working locally as an antipoverty attorney for the East Oakland Legal Aid Society. In 1968, Acosta moved to East Los Angeles and joined the Chicano Movement as an activist attorney, defending Chicano groups and activists. He represented the Chicano 13 of the East L. A. walkouts, Rodolfo Gonzales, members of the Brown Berets and his controversial defenses earned him the ire of the LAPD, who often followed and harassed him. Local law enforcement and the FBI linked Acosta to an organization called the Chicano Liberation Front. In 1970, Acosta ran for sheriff of Los Angeles County against Peter J. Pitchess, during the campaign, he was jailed for two days for contempt of court. He vowed that if elected, he would do away with the Sheriffs Department as it was then constituted. Known for loud ties and a flowered attaché case with a Chicano Power sticker, Acosta lost to Pitchess 1.3 million votes, in 1972, Acosta published his first novel, Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo, about a lawyer fighting for the rights of a marginalized people. In 1973, Acosta published The Revolt of the Cockroach People, in the summer of 1967, Acosta met author Hunter S. Thompson. In 1971, Thompson wrote an article on Acosta and the injustice in the barrios of East Los Angeles, for Rolling Stone magazine, titled Strange Rumblings in Aztlan. This article also discusses the death of Los Angeles Times columnist Rubén Salazar, Thompson wrote about this trip in his 1972 novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
2. Ambrose Bierce – Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce was an American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist, and satirist. He wrote the short story An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge and compiled a satirical lexicon and his vehemence as a critic, his motto Nothing matters, and the sardonic view of human nature that informed his work, all earned him the nickname Bitter Bierce. Despite his reputation as a critic, Bierce was known to encourage younger writers, including the poets George Sterling and Herman George Scheffauer. Bierce employed a style of writing, especially in his stories. His style often embraces an abrupt beginning, dark imagery, vague references to time, limited descriptions, impossible events, in 1913, Bierce traveled to Mexico to gain first-hand experience of the Mexican Revolution. He was rumored to be traveling with rebel troops, and was not seen again, Bierce was born in a log cabin at Horse Cave Creek in Meigs County, Ohio, on June 24,1842, to Marcus Aurelius Bierce and Laura Sherwood Bierce. His mother was a descendant of William Bradford and his parents were a poor but literary couple who instilled in him a deep love for books and writing. Bierce grew up in Kosciusko County, Indiana, attending school at the county seat. He left home at 15 to become a printers devil at a small Ohio newspaper, at the outset of the American Civil War, Bierce enlisted in the Union Armys 9th Indiana Infantry. In February 1862 he was commissioned a first lieutenant, and served on the staff of General William Babcock Hazen as a topographical engineer, making maps of likely battlefields. Bierce fought at the Battle of Shiloh, an experience that became a source for several later short stories. In June 1864, he sustained a head wound at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain. He was discharged from the army in January 1865 and his military career resumed, however, when in mid-1866 he rejoined General Hazen as part of the latters expedition to inspect military outposts across the Great Plains. The expedition proceeded by horseback and wagon from Omaha, Nebraska, arriving toward years end in San Francisco, Bierce married Mary Ellen Mollie Day on December 25,1871. They had three children, sons Day and Leigh and daughter Helen, both of Bierces sons died before he did. Day committed suicide after a romantic rejection, and Leigh died of related to alcoholism. Bierce separated from his wife in 1888, after discovering compromising letters to her from an admirer, Mollie Day Bierce died the following year. He suffered from asthma, as well as complications from his war wounds
3. Kiki Camarena – Enrique S. Camarenas nickname was Kike in Spanish, and Kiki in English. From 1973–1975, Camarena served in the United States Marine Corps, after which he joined the DEA, at their Calexico, California, in 1977, Camarena moved to the agencys Fresno office, and in 1981, he was assigned to their Guadalajara office in Mexico. Camarena had also worked as a firefighter and police investigator before joining the DEA in Calexico. Camarena, who had identified as the source of the leak, was abducted in broad daylight on February 7,1985 by corrupt police officers working for drug lord Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo. Camarena was tortured at Gallardos ranch over a 30-hour period, then murdered and his skull, jaw, nose, cheekbones and windpipe were crushed, his ribs were broken, and a hole was drilled into his head with a power drill. He had been injected with amphetamines and other drugs, most likely to ensure that he remained conscious while being tortured, Camarenas body was found in a rural area outside the small town of La Angostura, in the state of, on March 5,1985. Camarenas torture and murder prompted a reaction from the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration and launched Operation Leyenda. A special unit was dispatched to coordinate the investigation in Mexico, investigators soon identified Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo and his two close associates, Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo and Rafael Caro Quintero, as the primary suspects in the kidnapping. Under pressure from the U. S. A. to President Miguel de la Madrids government, Fonseca and Quintero were quickly apprehended, the United States government pursued a lengthy investigation of Camarenas murder. Despite vigorous protests from the Mexican government, Álvarez was brought to trial in Los Angeles in 1992, after presentation of the governments case, the judge ruled that there was insufficient evidence to support a guilty verdict, and charges were dropped. Álvarez subsequently initiated a suit against the U. S. government. The case eventually reached the U. S. Supreme Court, the four other defendants, Vásquez Velasco, Juan Ramón Matta-Ballesteros, Juan José Bernabé Ramírez, and Rubén Zuno Arce, were tried and found guilty of Camarenas kidnapping. Arce had known ties to corrupt Mexican officials, and Mexican officials were implicated in covering up the murder, Mexican police had destroyed evidence on Camarenas body. A CIA spokesman responded that “its ridiculous to suggest that the CIA had anything to do with the murder of a U. S. federal agent or the escape of his killer. ”Camarena received numerous awards while with the DEA, and he received the Administrators Award of Honor. In Fresno, the DEA hosts a golf tournament named after him. The nationwide annual Red Ribbon Week, which school children. In 2004, the Enrique S. Camarena Foundation was established in Camarenas memory, Camarenas wife Mika and son Enrique Jr. Camarena is survived by his wife Mika and their three sons. Several movies about Camarena were produced in Mexico, and he is referenced in others, in November 1988, TIME magazine featured Camarena on the cover
4. Disappearance of Rebecca Coriam – Rebecca Coriam is a British crewmember who disappeared from the cruise ship Disney Wonder off the Pacific coast of Mexico on the morning of 22 March 2011. She was last seen in the lounge, where a security camera recorded her during a phone conversation that appeared to be causing her some emotional difficulty. Her disappearance was the first such incident in the history of Disney Cruise Lines, the case remains under investigation, and her whereabouts since the phone conversation have not been established. In early 2013, they indicated they would sue Disney in an American court, there are claims the company has more extensive evidence than it has so far admitted, and have been accused of instigating a coverup. Rebecca was born on 11 March 1987 in Countess of Chester Hospital, Chester and she lived in Chester with her parents, sister Rachael and two foster brothers. She graduated from Chester Catholic High School, in her youth, she also worked at the Chester Zoo, where other relatives had worked. A memorial bench to her grandparents Kevin and Dolores is on the zoo grounds and she joined the British Army cadets in her teens and attended Plymouth University at Exeter, where she studied sports science. Later she got a Staff Volunteer position within the cadets and participated in some outdoor events and she took additional studies in youth studies at Liverpool Hope University and then spent four months teaching sports at Camp America in Maine. In June 2010, she went to London to interview for the Disney Cruise positions along with hundreds of other hopefuls and she was hired and went to the companys theme parks in Florida for training. After four months on cruises to the Bahamas, where the ships are registered, when she returned to work, it was on the Disney Wonder, based in the Port of Los Angeles. She visited all its ports of call on the Mexican Riviera, during this period her grandfather died. She returned to Chester for two weeks and it was the last time her family saw her in person. Coriam returned to the Wonder and her duties as a youth worker and she maintained contact with her family via Facebook and Skype. Six weeks later, on 21 March 2011, the day the ship pulled out of Los Angeles, she sent what would be her last message to her parents via Facebook and her mother grew concerned when, following her reply,12 hours went by without a response. As she and her husband were going to bed that night,22 March and it was not Rebecca but an official with Disney, saying that the Coriams daughter was missing. At 9 am Pacific Daylight Time that morning on the Wonder, off the coast of Mexico bound for Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas and she was not in her room or anywhere else on the ship, and did not respond to pages over the ships public address system. In the video, Rebecca is talking on one of the ships internal phones in a crew area, a young man walks up to her and appears to ask if everything is all right. Her mouth can clearly be read to be saying Yeah, fine and she then walks away, pushing her hair back and putting her hands in her back pockets, mannerisms her parents say were common for her