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Four Years Investigating the “House of Death”

Conroy: Four Years Investigating the “House of Death”

April 16, 2008

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Dear Colleague,

This week marks four years since Bill Conroy has been investigating and reporting on the massive cover-up in the "House of Death Case." In Juárez, Mexico multiple murders were committed by an informant run by the US Attorney's office. More than 70 investigative reports later, Conroy publishes a comprehensive account of where the story stands today:

"To receive an invitation to the House of Death is not a hard thing. You just have to make a mistake, to break one of the rules of the narco-trafficking business. In one case, a mother and her five-year-old daughter were murdered because the mother asked the wrong narco-trafficker for some extra money after her husband was arrested while smuggling drugs across the border. That narco-trafficker, in turn, was murdered because his impetuous actions angered his boss. In another case, two men reported to the Mexican federal police (the AFI) that they had found a warehouse with a large stash of drugs. The federal police, in turn, told the narco-trafficker who owned the drugs that the two men had ratted on him. The men were subsequently brought to the House of Death, beaten with a hammer and a pistol (because a gunshot would make too much noise) and finally stomped to death by the assassins (local Mexican cops) employed by the narco-trafficker.

"…Between August 2003 and mid-January 2004 up to a dozen people were tortured and slain at the House of Death in Juárez by Mexican state police who were on Santillan's payroll — the very same police who are supposed to arrest narco-traffickers. But these cops don't use their police vehicles to fight crime; rather, their squad cars are put to use hauling loads of dope and dead bodies for Santillan and his employer, the VCF.

"…To date, despite all the facts now publicly known about the House of Death, the Mexican government has not made an official statement on ICE's role in the murders — nor has it called for an investigation by U.S. authorities."

Read the entirety of the special "House of Death" report online at Narco News:

From somewhere in a country called América,

David B. Briones
The Narco News Bulletin


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