Category:Missing person cases in Mexico
Pages in category "Missing person cases in Mexico"
The following 12 pages are in this category, out of 12 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 12 pages are in this category, out of 12 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 Carlos Ornelas Puga – On 3 November 2013, Catholic priest Carlos Ornelas Puga was kidnapped by gunmen in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas. His whereabouts remain unknown and the motives behind his kidnapping are unclear, Carlos Ornelas Puga was born on 25 October 1975 in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico. He was ordained in the Catholic Church in 2001, and held a post as head of the Deanery in Jiménez, as a member of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ciudad Victoria, Ornelas Puga was also a priest at Los Cinco Señores parish church in Jiménez. Prior to his kidnapping in November 2013, he aided victims of the Mexican Drug War in Tamaulipas, provided seminars for teenagers, and helped conduct the missions program of the diocese. After conducting a mass at Los Cinco Señores parish on 3 November 2013 in Jiménez. Witnesses notified local authorities of the abduction the moment the crime occurred, however, no measures were taken for more than four days, according to Roman Catholic Diocese of Ciudad Victoria spokesman Fernando Sandoval. On 7 November, the Tamaulipas authorities sent a convoy of police officers and an anti-kidnapping team to investigate the case. The attack left three officers wounded by firearm projectiles, two days later, the Mexican authorities confirmed that several mutilated bodies were located at a ranch known as La Borbolla along the highway that connects Jiménez and Padilla. Unconfirmed reports suggested that the body of Ornelas Puga might be among the remains, on 13 November, the Mexican Episcopal Conference confirmed the disappearance of Ornelas Puga and condemned the crime. Ornelas Puga was kidnapped in Tamaulipas, one of the most violent states in Mexico, given its geographical location along the U. S. -Mexico border, Tamaulipas is a major route for human trafficking, arms smuggling, and international drug trade. It is also home to two transnational criminal organizations, the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas, who have fought for the control of smuggling routes along the Texan border area since early 2010. In the months leading to his abduction, the municipality of Jiménez experienced a series of violent episodes that were a result of turf wars between rival drug trafficking organizations. Kidnappings—including forced disappearances of entire families—were reported in the region in earlier months, in November 2013, the month Ornelas Puga was kidnapped, nine people were reportedly abducted in Jiménez, their whereabouts remain unknown. According to a 2013 report from the Vatican, Mexico was the second-most-violent country for priests in Latin America, in the administration of President Felipe Calderón,17 priests were killed between 2007 and 2012. Clergymen in Mexico are not immune to the drug violence nor to attacks from organized crime, when it is an extortion, the payment usually is around 10,000 pesos. For a kidnapping, the ransom averages at around 2 million pesos, priests outspokenness against Mexicos drug trafficking organizations can also incur reprisals, especially in areas where drug-related crimes are high. Others have received threats and attacks because they have protected migrants from abuse. Besides Ornelas Puga, two priests in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas were kidnapped in December 2013 and remain disappeared
5. Sequoyah – Sequoyah, named in English George Gist or George Guess, was a Cherokee silversmith. In 1821 he completed his independent creation of a Cherokee syllabary and this was one of the very few times in recorded history that a member of a pre-literate people created an original, effective writing system. After seeing its worth, the people of the Cherokee Nation rapidly began to use his syllabary and their literacy rate quickly surpassed that of surrounding European-American settlers. Sequoyahs heroic status has led to several competing accounts of his life that are speculative, contradictory, Davis, there were very few primary documents describing facts of Sequoyahs life. Some anecdotes were passed orally, but these often conflict or are vague about times and places. Sequoyah was born in the Cherokee town of Tuskegee circa 1770, James Mooney, a prominent anthropologist and historian of the Cherokee people, quoted a cousin as saying that as a little boy, he spent his early years with his mother. Estimates of his birth year ranged from 1760 to 1776 and his name is believed to come from the Cherokee word siqua meaning hog. However, Davis says the name may have derived from sikwa. This is a reference either to a childhood deformity or to an injury that left Sequoyah disabled. His mother, Wut-teh, was known to be Cherokee, Mooney stated that she was the niece of a Cherokee chief. McKinney and Hall noted that she was a niece of chiefs who have identified as the brothers Old Tassel. Since John Watts was a nephew of the two chiefs, it is likely that Wut-teh and John Watts were siblings, sources differ as to the identity of Sequoyahs father. Davis cites Emmet Starrs book, Early History of the Cherokees, as the source for saying that Sequoyahs father was a peddler from Swabia named Guyst, Guist, or Gist. According to Goodpasture, some believe the father was an unlicensed German peddler named George Gist, who came into the Cherokee Nation in 1768, where he married and fathered a child. Grant Foreman identified him as Nathaniel Gist, son of a Christopher Gist, Mooney and others suggested that he was possibly a fur trader, who would have been a man of some social status and financial backing. Nott claimed he was the son of a Scotchman, an article in the Cherokee Phoenix, published in 1828, stated that Sequoyahs father was a half-blood and his grandfather a white man. The New Georgia Encyclopedia presents another version of Sequoyahs origins, from the 1971 book, Tell Them They Lie, The Sequoyah Myth, by Traveller Bird, who claims to be a Sequoyah descendant. Bird says that Sequoyah was a full-blood Cherokee who always opposed the submission and assimilation of his people into the mans culture