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The blood-thirsty gods of Mexico: Heroin

Written By | Mar 13, 2016

WASHINGTON, March 13, 2016 – When restaurant worker Edwin Juarez Palma, age 24, was brutally murdered last week in Chihuahua, Mexico, a friend and co-worker described him as “an honest person who always tried to keep out of trouble.”

He addressed the unspoken questions of the morbidly curious by saying his friend’s “interest in vampires was a hobby and nothing more.”

That peculiar “hobby” cost Palma his life when a Satanic cult he wished to join offered him up as a ritual sacrifice to the “prince of lies” during what the victim mistakenly thought was an initiation into their dark fraternity.

Fr. José Antonio Fortea.

Fr. José Antonio Fortea.

Father José Antonio Fortea, who in 2015 convinced the Archbishop of Guadalajara to sanction an exorcism of Mexico’s population of 128,145,960, told Britain’s The Sun,

“The vampire fad is something that’s very close to Satanism… [It] is not just a taste for darkness, but rather a taste for evil – an aesthetic connected to an entire way of looking at life. Vampirism totally amounts to devil worship.”

There is little doubt that Northern Mexico, the border city of Juarez in particular, pulsates with the surreal chaos of Hieronymus Bosh’s “Last judgment”: decapitations, the assassination of government and law-enforcement officials, battered bodies of torture victims hanging from highway overpasses and the discovery of mass graves.

Mexico’s post-apocalyptic hell shows “itself in the gruesome drug-related violence, including human sacrifice, that has engulfed the country since 2006,” the BBC reported.

Actually, the demonic aspect of the so-called “war on drugs” briefly entered the consciousness of Americans in the 1980s when University of Texas pre-med student Mark J. Kilroy disappeared while visiting Matamoros, Mexico. A month later, Mexican authorities discovered his dismembered body, along with eleven others, at a remote ranch – where stood a blood-stained alter.

The sacrificial victims were supposed to make Cuban-American Adolfo de Jesús Constanzo, leader of a Mexican drug gang called Los Narco-Satanicos (the Narco-Satanists), and his followers impervious to the bullets of law enforcement and narco rivals.

Aztec human sacrifice.

Aztec human sacrifice.

When Constanzo later found himself surrounded by police in Mexico City, panicked and with no hope of escape, he had one of his followers shoot him to death with a machine gun.

It turned out the Devil that Constanzo worshiped, and for whom he committed ritual murder, did not render him impervious to his own bullets.

The incident was just one of many such monstrous occurrences a secular world dismissed as a phenomenon known as “Satanic Panic.”

In the mid-1980s, staff members of the McMartin Pre-School in Southern California were accused of engaging in child molestation and of performing Satanic rituals. A child victim even described seeing witches fly and told of tunnels under the school were the abuse took place.

The McMartin Pre-School staff were eventually cleared of all charges, some after spending a half decade in jail.

In 1999, Mary DeYoung, of the British Society of Criminology, wrote:

“Fifty young children, all past or current enrollees in the Small World Preschool in Niles, Michigan accuse a teacher’s aide of raping and sodomizing them in the old Indian burial ground along the river. A physician warns the community that children are being abducted by strangers in animal costumes who cruise the narrow lanes of Oude Pekela, the Netherlands on bicycles. In a dawn raid social workers descend on four families living on one of the remote Orkney Islands off the northern coast of Scotland and remove their children.

In Martensville, Canada children allege that five local police officers blinded them with acid and then confined them in cages suspended from the ceiling. And in Nottingham, England a woman urges police to search the labyrinth of sandstone tunnels under the city for evidence that children in her extended family were forced to participate in sacrifices of newborn infants.”

DeYoung blamed well-meaning do-gooders, what she called a “cadre of American child-savers that… acted as the primary interest group in inciting the moral panic in the United States and spreading abroad.”

And yet…

A Santa Muerta figure and Mexican cartel weapon.

Santa Muerta figure posed with a Mexican cartel weapon.

Back in 2008, Mexican authorities found 11 decapitated bodies in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula.

When the killers were eventually apprehended, a shrine to the skeletal figure Santa Muerte (“Saint Death”) was found in their homes.

A year later in North Carolina, 45-year-old Jorge Flores Rojas, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, was sentenced to 24 years in prison for running a sex-trafficking operation from his apartment in east Charlotte.

“Each day, Flores prayed to Santa Muerte… joined by the teenage girls whom he forced to have sex with as many as 20 men a day,” said the Charlotte Observer.

Then in 2011, Mexican law enforcement discovered a cave stretching nearly 1,000 feet from the Mexican border town of Tijuana to San Diego in the U.S.

The drug-smuggling tunnel included “an alter to Santa Muerte, a skeletal venerated figure adored by drug traffickers who have adopted her as part of a religion that reflects their struggles in life,” said the London Daily Mail.

Spanish chronicler Bernal Diaz Castillo.

Spanish chronicler Bernal Diaz Castillo.

Bernal Diaz del Castillo (1492-1584), the Spanish conquistador who marched alongside Hernán Cortés in his conquest of Mexico, wrote of his experience at an Aztec temple:

“Tezcatepuca was the god of Hell and had charge of the souls of the Mexicans, and his body was girt with figures like little devils with snakes’ tails… In that small space were many diabolical things… bugles and trumpets and knives, and many hearts of Indians that they had burned in fumigating their idols, and everything was so clotted with blood, and there was so much of it, that I curse the whole of it, and as it stank like a slaughter house we hastened to clear out of such a bad stench and worse site.”

Aztec Emperor Montezuma was outraged and offended by the Spaniard’s contention that his gods were monstrous and diabolical.

“If I had known that you would have said such defamatory things,” said the Aztec ruler, “I would not have shown you my gods, we consider them to be very good, for they give us health and rains and good seed times and seasons and as many victories as we desire.”

According to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, “Mexico continues as the primary supplier of heroin to the United States.”

Cousins Leonel and Marco Salamanca say a prayer at a Santa Muerta shrine before heading to the U.S. seeking revenge in AMC’s “Breaking Bad.”

Cousins Leonel and Marco Salamanca say a prayer at a Santa Muerta shrine before heading to the U.S. seeking revenge in AMC’s “Breaking Bad.”

A report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that heroin use “increased across the United States among men and women, most age groups, and all income levels. The greatest increases have occurred in groups with historically lower rates of heroin use, including women and people with private insurance and higher incomes.”

A chart accompanying the report showed a 285 percent increase in heroin overdose deaths in 2013 over the previous year, the vast majority being women.

And the New York Times says the opium production of our southern neighbor is up 50 percent in an attempt to meet the demand of America’s willing sacrificial victims.

The tortured souls hurling themselves into the blood-caked jaws of Mexico’s hungry, ancient gods.

Steven M. Lopez

Steven M. Lopez

Originally from Los Angeles, Steven M. Lopez has been in the news business for more than thirty years. He made his way around the country: Arizona, the Bay Area and now resides in South Florida.