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The Daughters of Juarez: A True Story of Serial Murder South of the Border Paperback – Bargain Price, March 18, 2008

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"The Daughters of Juárez not only investigates, with facts and information, but illuminates how innocence and purity are sacrificed almost daily on this desert altar. Teresa Rodriguez's book can make a difference only if you and I get involved to assure that this will never happen again to anyone."

-- Carlos Santana

"This story is more horrifying than a Stephen King novel, has more twists and turns than an Agatha Christie plot, and has a higher body count than any James Bond flick -- and it is all true. You will never forget The Daughters of Juárez, which is exactly what the authors intend and accomplish brilliantly. This book must be a beacon, a catalyst for justice, that rare commodity so nonexistent in Juárez. The authors bring to life the human faces, shattered families, and lost dreams of those who must not be forgotten."

-- Edna Buchanan, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of Love Kills

"The Daughters of Juárez is a book you cannot put down and will never forget -- it will shock you and it should. The authors have done a remarkable job piecing this horrific puzzle into one lucid account of the atrocities that have befallen Juárez, Mexico. This is truly an extraordinary book."

-- Isabel Allende

"Here's the deal: you are murdered and your death is not counted,you are murdered and your death is not investigated, you are murdered and someone is framed for your death. This is Juárez, the jewel of our free trade theories. This is a book everyone should read. And then wonder about the United States and Mexico and this hell of dead women they paper over with lies."

-- Charles Bowden, award-winning author of Down by the River

"The Daughters of Juárez is a crucial, chilling, and detailed account of the mutilations and murders of hundreds of women and girls in Juárez, Mexico. It is a cry for an end to these atrocities and it is a righteous call, after all these years of horror, for justice now."

-- Eve Ensler, Obie Award-winning playwright and founder of V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women

About the Author

Teresa Rodríguez es una periodista ganadora de once premios Emmy que trabaja para Univision, donde es co-presentadora y corresponsal de la galardonada revista noticiosa Aquí y Ahora. Ha investigado los asesinatos de Juárez durante más de diez años.

Diana Montané es editora asociada de la revista Nueva así como escritora, periodista y dramaturga. Está radicada en Ormond Beach, Florida.

Lisa Pulitzer es ex-corresponsal de The New York Times y autora de cinco libros sobre auténticos crímenes, entre ellos Fatal Romance y Murder in Paradise.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Atria (March 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743292049
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743292047
  • ASIN: B001Q3KM08
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,707,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This is a true crime book that is hard to put down; it is chilling. I'm not one to usually read books about murders but this one I couldn't resist. Besides, I have spent time along the El Paso / Ciudad Juarez frontier and I had to get the facts right since I am familiar with some of the details over the years through friends and family who live in El Paso. After hearing rumors and rumblings over the past ten plus years I decided to get it straight. Teresa Rodriguez is a fine journalist from Univision whose credentials speak volumes to her integrity so I was drawn to her version according to her investigative reporting. The book is shocking in regard to some of details of the cases and even more shocking when it comes to the Mexican governments investigation, and ineptitude, of the well over 300 murders(more than 400 bodies recovered and hundreds missing) since 1995 of women along the border, in Ciudad Juarez(it has actually spread to Chihuahua City), usually young women who were either students or maquiladora workers. Journalist and author Teresa Rodriquez, does an outstanding job relating and presenting the gruesome realities to light in a chronlogical manner that is woven with contemporary political highlights, local color, geography and history lessons. The author does a fine job of bringing to life the now dead women as she recounts the victims last days, literally step by step before falling prey to the killer or killers. She also sheds light on the victims familiies struggles to find justice and the many stumbling blocks encountered in their pursuit of justice. There are black and white pictures of the victims, families and major players half way through the book that brings everything into reality and ties everything together; a face to go with a name makes it all the more real and tragic.Read more ›
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The Daughters of Juarez, by Teresa Rodriguez (with Diana Montané and Lisa Pulitzer), chronicles a series of horrific murders of young women (and teens) in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, over the last fourteen years, the law enforcement/governmental response to them, and the myriad theories as to the perpetrator(s). Over this period, a good part of 400 poor women were raped, tortured and killed, then dumped in desert areas and vacant lots around the city. The book details a rich tapestry of police and governmental brutality, corruption, blatant sexual discrimination, disregard for public safety, and just plain incompetence.

Although many suspects have been charged and held, it is doubtful that any of the murders can ever be considered legitimately solved because of this pervasive and persistent institutional dysfunction. In fact, one can say that this is a glaring example of how not to run a criminal justice system. It's heartbreaking to consider that the families of these slain women will never see justice done. Additionally, it must have been so frustrating for those in law enforcement and government who made efforts to run effective investigations, only to be stymied at every turn by the very system they should have been able to trust, forced out of their jobs because they wouldn't falsify results or analyses, or even physically threatened.

Daughters is definitely a compelling, true tale and Rodriguez does a service to those affected by these horrors by airing them for everyone to examine. The book, however, suffers from a lack of organization: Rodriguez bounces around dates, people and events so much so that it's hard to keep them all straight. Also, she makes a point of maudlin over-description of the women and their families so as to make them more sympathetic.
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Five CHILLING Stars!! Teresa Rodriguez' incisive real-life investigation, "The Daughters of Juarez", details the unprecedented series of serial murders in Juarez Mexico, reaching total numbers of over 400 young women dead, ranging from age 9 to their 20's. All of this happening amid the daily activities of over 2 million law-abiding 'Juarenses' citizens. Ms Rodriguez is an anchor for the Univision TV network and, based on the contents of this fast-paced, page-turner of a book, a relentless investigative reporter and talented writer.

The bustling Mexican border city of Cuidad Juarez, Mexico lies just south of it's sister-city, the U.S. border city of El Paso, Texas, separated by the Rio Grande river, but sharing much historical culture. With a population that had already exceeded 1 million people at the time, the author says Juarez underwent a further population explosion around 1993 to fill tens of thousands of newly created assembly-line jobs in the "Maquiladora" factories, in response to NAFTA. Much of the housing for these new residents was crudely thrown together in dilapidated areas far out on the edges of the city, where substandard "colonias" were actually a step up in housing. Many of the victims came from these types of areas. And then there is the mysterious desert area called "Lote Bravo" which is so central to this story. We Texans have followed this real-life nightmare for years, simultaneously appalled and morbidly fascinated by the events in our highly regarded sister-city.

By 1995, 45 young women had already disappeared on their way to or from work, at night or during the day. Ms Rodriguez puts a face on many victims, such as Silvia Morales & Sagrario Gonzalez, and details the anguish of the parents of some of the victims.
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