The Daughters of Juarez: A True Story of Serial Murder South of the Border (Paperback)
A veteran, award-winning journalist and a former New York Times correspondent and true crime writer team up to create the first major nonfiction work based on the ongoing, international phenomenon of over 300 confirmed female homicides—and hundreds more missin—in the bordertown of Juarez, Mexico.
Despite the fact that Juarez is a Mexican border city just across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas, most Americans are unaware that for decades this city has been the center of an epidemic of horrific crimes against women and girls, consisting of kidnappings, rape, mutilation, and murder, with most of the victims conforming to a specific profile: young, slender, and poor, fueling the premise that the murders are not random.
While some leading members of the American media have reported on the situation, prompting the U.S. government to send in top criminal profilers from the FBI, little real information about this international atrocity has emerged. According to Amnesty International, as of 2006 more than 400 bodies have been recovered, with hundreds still missing.
As for who is behind the murders themselves, the answer remains unknown, although many have argued that the killings have become a sort of blood sport, due to the lawlessness of the city itself. Among the theories being considered are illegal trafficking in human organs, ritualistic satanic sacrifices, copycat killers, and a conspiracy between members of the powerful Juárez drug cartel and some corrupt Mexican officials who have turned a blind eye to the felonies, all the while lining their pockets with money drenched in blood.
The Daughters of Juárez is an eye-opening, authoritative nonfiction work that unflinchingly examines the brutal killings and draws attention to these atrocities on the border. The end result will shock readers and become required reading on the subject for years to come.
About the Author
Teresa Rodríguez is an Emmy Award–winning journalist, anchor of Univision's news show Aquí y Ahora, and bestselling author of The Daughters of Juárez.
Diana Montané is an investigative reporter, editor, and co-author of numerous books, including The Daughters of Juárez, I Would Find a Girl Walking, and Dancing on Her Grave.
“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 Rodríguez'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, New York Times bestselling author
“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