A Merida-interest blogger recently reports being told people don’t steal in Yucatan:
Not everyone is so worried about burglars. We have seen properties by carefree expats with absolutely no security other than a locked door on the street. “It’s not in their nature to steal here,” a homeowner explained to my astonishment.
What causes this sort of blindness among expats? Do language issues prevent them from reading daily police reports in local newspapers? Do they want to delude themselves into believing that they’ve discovered a modern-day Shangri-La?
Regardless of the homeowner’s claim, there are criminals in Yucatan, just as there are criminals anywhere you find people. The vast majority adhere to society’s rules, but there will always be those too stupid, too lazy, too criminally-minded to behave themselves.
Merida and Yucatan have far lower violent crime rates than much of the United States, but even violent crime exists here. Perhaps a few reminders from the police blotter will educate folks a bit.
SIPSE comes to our rescue with their recent recap of Serial Killers of Yucatan. The news service provides six examples:
- Héctor González Rivera who raped, tortured and killed two children in the early 1980s in Tizimin.
- Wilbert Jorge Solís Albertos, an ex-pro soccer player, who killed three gay lovers between 1979 and 1985.
- Alfredo Aguilar Cano, “El Bunga,” a male prostitute who killed five men in recent years.
- Enrique Medina Arjona, “La Verónica,” a transvestite who became known as “The Cannibal of Lázaro Cárdenas,” after killing two men, cooking them, and throwing the remains into a septic tank.
- Wílbert Román Gómez Carrillo, “El Pájaro,” an alcoholic who killed three men in “La Plancha” and Chembech neighborhoods with his bare hands, beating them to death.
- Mario Alberto Sulú Canché, a plumber, who became known as “El Matachavitas” (the girl killer) who sweet-talked girls between 15-25 who were waiting for buses or rides on the highway, took them to isolated areas where they were raped, sadistically assaulted and killed leaving their bodies in the countryside. In 2008, La Jornada reported that 16 young women had been killed within three months in Yucatan, a good number attributed to “El Matachavitas.”
Of these six, the first is now free. The last hung himself in a prison bathroom. The other four remain in prison with long sentences.
There is no reason to dwell in terror or paranoia, but seriously folks, we are not living among magical Leprechauns or Somewhere Over the Rainbow.
People are people all the world round.
And some people – a very few – are criminals, even in Yucatan.