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Old 07-09-2008, 16:05   #1
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Rio Dulce Crime Update--Its a Family Affair

The following is provided for information only and is not intended to engender a discussion on the right or wrong of "Vigilante Justice".

Some friends of ours that have been sitting out Hurricane Season on the Rio have just returned to SoFla for a family visit. After several months they have come to know some of the locals pretty well and have learned a lot about the region. It seems that although the "Government" is in charge in more metropolitan areas, in fact the country’s largely run by a number of old “Families” that control most everything, from utilities, to hookers, to drug running to worse. While the news media reported that the Military or Civil Guardia had taken down the perp's, in fact that was not the case. It seems that the private militia of one of the "Families" that largely controls the area did the deed. Evidently, the woman that was killed was a Bajo Padrona or “under boss” in the Family and had a couple of muy malo kids that enjoyed going after touristas and thought they could do so with impunity because their mother was Mas Importante. Their offenses were minor while they were younger but their levels of “violencia” increased as they got older. The woman was apparently warned that if her kids continued their assaults against visitors—upon which the region is greatly dependent—there would be consequences. Evidently she—and her kids and her “soldiers” —didn’t take the warning seriously and there were several attacks on yachties both before and following the killings. With this ignorance of the Families’ dictates, the woman and her spawn inscribed their own death warrants and they were dealt with accordingly, to the relief of the yachties and the locals.

And that's the rest of the story...

s/v HyLyte
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