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“These daughters of Juárez never had the opportunity to speak out. Their cries were brutally silenced. Now those voices ring out from these pages. Perhaps this time someone will listen.” – Teresa Rodriguez

“The Daughters of Juárez”: A True Story of Serial Murder South of the Border by Teresa Rodriguez

True Crime Book Review & Analysis
By Monica Kieffer
SOCIO 562
March 2, 2014

Honor Code: On my honor, as a student, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid on this academic work. Abstract

“The Daughters of Juárez” by Teresa Rodriguez is an in-depth look at the murders of women and girls in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. Rodriguez exposes the mass murders that have been committed in the border town across the bridge from El Paso, Texas since 1993. She tells the story of the victims who met a deadly end and provides insight into the aftermath of murder and its impact on the family of the victims. Rodriguez pulls back the curtain on a crooked government and municipal system. The socio-economic plight of many in this border town and the cultural norms can be more closely examined to bring a killer or killers more into focus. Research conducted exposes the people who have little resources to fight for the victims or themselves, and a government so infested with corruption and lawlessness that it can do little to stop them.

Table of Contents

Cover Page………………………………………………………………………………………...1 Abstract……………………………………………………………………………………………2 Table of Contents………………………………………………………………………………….3 Introduction………………………………………………………………………………………..4 Review of Book and Case…………………………………………………………………………5 Theoretical Analysis………………………………………………………………………………9 Conclusion and Closing Comments……………………………………………………………...12 References………………………………………………………………………………………..13

Introduction
One bridge away from the United States is the Mexican city of Ciudad Juárez. Commonly referred to as simply Juárez, it is far removed from the American way of life. Beginning in 1993, the numerous bodies of girls and young women were found dead in and around Juárez. The Daughters of Juárez: A True Story of Serial Murder South of the Border is Teresa Rodriguez’s telling of the stories of some of the women who were found dead. Rodriguez is a reporter for Univision, a major network for Spanish speaking populations in the United States and Mexico, traveled to Juárez and shares the story of the victim’s families and what they have endured, some for the last twenty years. Rodriguez also pulls the curtain back for a glimpse into the corruption and injustice that thrives inside the government of Juárez and created a barrier to the investigations and prosecutions. Throughout the stories told, the socio-economic status of the citizens of Juárez, the rise of power of the drug cartels, and the fear instilled by authority figures are revealed to be an integral part of the killings. It may also be why so many of the killings remain unsolved and families have lingering questions that may never be answered.

My goal will be to first summarize the book written by Rodriguez and provide an overview of the serial murders in Juárez. I will include an evaluation of the serial killer theory in relationship to the hundreds of murders. I will also provide evidence that provides more detail and analysis of the murders that enhances the ground work laid out by Rodriguez in her book. At the end, I will provide my own opinion as to why the story of the victims of Juárez are so important to Americans.

Review of Book and Case
The Daughters of Juárez: A True Story of Serial Murder South of the Border by Teresa Rodriguez is a series of stories told through the eyes of the victims, families, human rights activists, and government officials involved with the mass serial murders of over 400 women and young girls in Ciudad Juárez since 1993. Hundreds of female bodies were found deserts in and around Juárez. These young...
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