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Ciudad Juarez The Serial Killer Playground

Alejandro Máynez (born Armando Martínez c. 1970s) is a Mexican alleged serial killer and fugitive.[1] Along with Ana Benavides[2] and Melchor Máynez,[3] he killed at least two women in Ciudad Juárez, but he is believed to be responsible for 50 victims in all. His murders are organized and motivated by sexual compulsion, committed as part of a group.

ciudad juarez the serial killer playground

Sharif's first murder was alleged to have occurred in Mexico in March of 1995. But there were indications that suggest he was molded into the serial killer profile by the Chihuahua Attorney General's Office merely as a scapegoat. There were some suspicions that he may have begun killing while residing in Pennsylvania, from 1978 to 1981, where the unresolved disappearances of several women occurred. However, it was then established that Sharif was not connected to these events.

Upon his arrival in Mexico in 1994, Sharif stayed in the luxurious and exclusive Rinconadas de San Marcos neighborhood of Ciudad Juárez, with all-expense paid for by the company he was working for. Sharif was known to be a distinguished and brilliant chemist and during this time, he patented 25 chemical formulas. Somewhere between 1994 to 1995 was when it was presumed that he started his prolific career as a serial killer.

"The Juárez Ripper" is the name given to a prolific serial killer(s) and rapist(s) who is/are believed to have perpetrated a series of violent murders against women in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, since the beginning of 1993.

The first victim attributed to the Ripper killings was Alma Farel, who had been beaten, raped, and strangled in the Campestre Virreyes district on January 23, 1993. By the end of the year, sixteen more women were found murdered under similar circumstance. Some of the victims were found with slash wounds on their breasts, a trait which would later result in the press dubbing the killer, "The Juárez Ripper". A year later, in 1994, eight women were murdered in Ciudad Juárez, all of the cases ended up being unsolved. That same year, a state criminologist named Oscar Maynez Grijalva told police that there was a very high chance of a serial killer or a group of serial killers active in the city, but he was not taken seriously.

Last year, Robert K. Ressler, a former FBI criminal-profiling expert, concluded after visiting the border city that several serial killers might be involved. In March, however, an FBI team assisting Mexican authorities said the slayings appeared unrelated.

Ciudad Juárez, a city just over the U.S./Mexican border from El Paso, TX, has seen hundreds of women go missing over the last three decades. Many of the women have been found dead with disturbing symbols carved upon their bodies. Is it the work of a serial killer? A cult? And why have the cases gone unsolved? This podcast takes a deep dive into the various theories about the cases over the years.

An off-duty supervisory Border Patrol agent was arrested on September 15, 2018, for the deaths of four people after a would-be fifth victim narrowly escaped harm and alerted a police officer. A supervisory US Border Patrol agent who authorities are calling a serial killer was arrested on September 15, 2018, in the deaths of four people after a would-be fifth victim narrowly escaped harm and alerted a police officer.

Mónica Ortiz Uribe draws open the curtains on the overlooked case of the hundreds of women who went missing in the 1990s in Ciudad Juárez. Forgotten: Women of Juarez sheds light on the brutal slayings of innocent women. When their bodies were discovered, their skin was carved with symbols, which may have been left by a serial killer, or even a cult. To this day, no one knows who killed the hundreds of women at the border city, but Uribe hopes to change that by bringing attention to their cases.

Throughout history, serial killers and criminals have been predominately men. In Women and Crime, Dr. Sack and Dr. Shlosberg highlight cases where women were wrongfully convicted for an array of crimes. They utilize their expertise in the field of criminology in order to investigate the criminal justice system and their wrongful accusations against these women. Whether or not these women are proven innocent or guilty is entirely up to the listener, as the hosts provide you with their insight, but allow for you to make your own conclusions.


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