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Hi, I'm Amy Nelson, and I'm Sam Ettus. We're the hosts of Eyharts newest podcast. What's her story with Sam and Amy? We both have our own businesses and between us we have seven children. And since the moment we met, we've been sharing our stories with each other. The thing is, we all know the stories of industry titans like Bezos and jobs, but the stories of women, they remain incomplete. We ask questions no one else even touches.

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We are not afraid to get personal. So listen to what's her story with Sam and Amy on the I Heart radio app, Apple podcast or wherever you listen to podcasts. Forgotten is a production of IHOP, media and unusual productions before we start, this podcast contains accounts which some listeners will find disturbing, but without them, the story can't be fully understood. Please take care while listening. Last time on Forgotten, you could run around the house and shout her name with all my strength in the silence of the night, I felt she could hear me so I would call to my daughter.

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The authorities have the responsibility for solving these crimes. They have not done this and perhaps never intended to do it and pick it up. And then all of a sudden, there's this electric saw sound coming in.

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This is. They took my phone to try to see they could trace the call and they traced it back to Mexican military intelligence.

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Diana was disconcerted by that threatening call, but it wasn't immediately clear just how frightening it really was.

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How long after you received that call, did your source trace it back? Within a month.

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You know, first, I wasn't sure what to do that phone call. And I casually mentioned to this this officer and he said, you know, what? Can you tell them to check it out that you're tracing that call back helped Diana understand that the threats against her were not idle.

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And then she got to visit a friendly source, came over one time topass when we met for coffee and the source was told to convey to me after the source met with three police officers in Juarez, municipal, state and federal. In the message to me was not to bother to come to Juarez. All right, so I think that was a very good indicator that I needed to start backing away. Yeah. Diana tracks the escalation of the threats to starting to publish articles about the connection between the victims and the Echo computer schools, the computer schools suggested that some kind of network was involved in these crimes and the threats suggested that the authorities might be protecting the network.

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But all of this time, the Egyptian chemist Abdul Latif Sherif Sharif had been languishing in jail, accused of being the serial killer and continuing to mastermind murders from jail. As far as the authorities and even some of the local press were concerned, the case was closed. Then in 2001, something happened that made it clear the crimes were not just ongoing but escalating. The Mexican press had decided that the big nightmare of the femicide had ended.

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And I remember and one of the reporters in Juarez who had covered the murders from the very beginning are turning to me at a press conference saying to me, Your problem, Diana, is that you do not believe that the Egyptian Qatif should kill all those women. And it's over. It's ended. All right, I just looked at him, you know, and I started to think, well, perhaps he's right, maybe it's over. And then a month later, eight bodies are discovered.

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And everybody like, my God, this is like starting over again. For the first time in five years, a mass grave of women have been discovered in Juarez and even Diana was shocked. I remember I was in El Paso at the time. There was a report about bodies had been discovered, women's bodies had been discovered.

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This is horrible. Not only is it just one more murder, it's eight bodies planted in one place. What is happening to our young ladies? The horrific discovery at the cotton field came at a time when Diana still believed it was safe to travel to Juarez. So as soon as she heard about it, she jumped in her car and headed for the border. First of all, I had to figure out where this place was, I imagine something on the edge of the city.

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And so when I got directions and I saw where this graveyard was located, as it I can't believe it. It's in the middle of the city. And across the street is the Association of Maquiladoras, the organization that represents all the assembly plants in Ciudad Juarez. It's in the middle of a very active commercial zone next to housing development. I just couldn't believe it. Somebody has to have seen something. Why choose this site to dump, literally dump eight bodies of women?

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This was November 2001, just nine months earlier in February. Lily Alexandra had been abducted and murdered, and because of the witnesses and the physical evidence from the autopsy, Diana believed there were enough leads to finally solve the murders. That didn't happen. But now there were eight bodies in a well trafficked part of town known locally as the cotton field, just two miles from where Lily Alexander's body had been found. The cotton field discovery ignited a global interest in solving the murders, ABC News did a special edition of 20/20 and the Eyes of the World were on Juarez.

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The cotton field murders presented an opportunity for the authorities to conduct a good and thorough investigation that leads to the killers, solve these cases and maybe prevent more.

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I Voloshin, and I'm Monica Ortiz Uribe. This is forgotten. The women of Juarez don't the border patrol that exist. But I'm over there, I lost somebody, she's brave V.. You know, Narcisco, some. With the cotton fields discovery, Diana felt like the murders might finally be solved, the pressure was building. The mother's protest movement had new urgency. The international press was demanding answers and her trusted source, Oscar Martinez, was once again overseeing the crime scene.

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I mean, if you have a body in an area you cannot, then I see reality in these murders is not a chance that they appear body next to each other, you know?

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Had you ever seen anything like that when you stepped out onto this cotton field and saw the bodies? Well, I seen many bodies not in the same area for me was a highly organized crime. You can see it. And then when you're talking about organization together as a group, if you have a group, you have a leader, you file. Either you have a hierarchy, you have resources. So this is not like a lone wolf or a couple of kids.

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When Oscar first began overseeing the autopsies of young women in Juarez, he believed that a serial killer in the vein of a Ted Bundy was responsible. But after Alejandro's autopsy, he began to suspect something more organized, perhaps even a group. We drove out to the cotton field with Oscar to learn more about a crime scene that seemed to confirm his theory. Surrounded by hotel businesses close to the American consulate. You have some commercial businesses next week. Were you very shocked when you when you heard where these bodies were?

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Yes, because I was expecting to find more bodies on the outskirts of the city.

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So there was this dry dish and there were three bodies positioned in line. And then we started just looking around and then we started lifting rocks and then we found five more bodies. Those were buried. There were not our only option.

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Oscar had been sounding the alarm and now multiple bodies have been discovered in a single location. He was determined to make sure the forensic work was unimpeachable, to demonstrate once and for all how will these crimes were connected.

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It was like an with brushes slowly clearing the dirt in order to preserve the skeletons. Because when you have yasue skeletons to work, we do need to look at every aspect, every region of the world to try to determine the cause of death.

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So. And then how long did that process take? Like an hour?

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No, no, just a couple of days and night and day.

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This discovery compared to, say, the discovery of the body of a hunter.

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Well, the case of Chandra Levy was the same pattern. I believe those cases were related. Same people killed. People in. This was a bombshell to me, Monica Alexander's autopsy had suggested all these leads that weren't properly followed up on and here you have this crime scene that suggests Oscar and Diana were absolutely right to insist on the importance of Lilly's case. How did the crime scene first emerge? It was a Tuesday morning, November 6th, 2001, and there was a man who worked as a bricklayer, he was taking a shortcut across a vacant lot not far from a main intersection in a commercial area of Juarez.

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And he told the local newspaper that he smelled something funny and went in for a closer look, and that's when he saw the body of a woman. And so he goes and he alerts the police who show up and find two more bodies. By the time the forensic team is on the scene, there's a total of eight bodies. They show various stages of decomposition.

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Some look like they've been dead for perhaps a couple of weeks and others for as much as a few months. And one of the bodies is naked, except for a pair of twin white socks. And just like the other cases before, her hands are tied behind her back with shoe laces, it appeared that this body had been kept in cold storage.

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The fact that it's a place where people pass through often and then all of a sudden this guy finds the bodies, it feels like they probably weren't there all along. Right. Someone would have noticed them. The fact that they show up all at once, you know, kind of points to the strong possibility that they were placed there at the same time. And what do we know about who these victims were? Yes, so the first body that the bricklayer discovered was identified as 15 year old Esmerelda Ereira Montreal, Esmeralda's family came from the state of Zacatecas.

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Her mom worked at a Phillips factory in Juarez and Esmeralda at the time she was saving up money for her quinceañera to save up money for this party. Esmeralda starts working as a housekeeper and like so many others, she goes to work one day and is never seen again. Diana interviews Esmeralda's mother, Irma, at some point, and one of the eerie details that surfaces from that interview is that an Echo recruiter had stopped by their neighborhood and left them a brochure at their house.

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Some of the connections between these women are chilling, uncanny even. Another woman who's identified from the cotton field is a 20 year old woman named Claudia Yvette Gonzalez, and Claudia worked at a maquila owned by Lear Corporation.

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So the day Claudia went missing, she showed up to work a few minutes late and the factory turned her away. After that, she was never seen again. You have all these details that point to a connection, that point to an organized network behind these killings. We'd heard about the shoe laces from Lily Alexandre's autopsy, we'd heard about the connection to the Echo computer schools, and we'd heard about victims being snatched at moments of maximum vulnerability, just like Khaldiya evet, who was turned away from the maquila for being late and then found herself alone on the streets of Juarez.

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The crime scene seemed to confirm so much of the evidence that had already piled up about how these crimes were connected. Then something truly extraordinary happened just days after the bodies were found. Two suspects confessed to all eight murders at the cotton fields.

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Now, every month we witness a total of eight, which we love, will take them by force, raped them and later strangled them.

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That is a translation of a video made by the Juarez police in which two men confessed to the murders of those eight women, it appears to be a decisive break in the case. When we come back, we find out who they are. Imagine this, you've been playing football for years, dreaming of going pro, and then it happens, life as you know, it changes with a phone call.

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The match their job was to drive the young women who worked in factories to and from work. Bus drivers had access and opportunity to identify when a young woman like Sagrera Gonzalez started to commute alone. So the suspects seem plausible, but were they actually responsible? Well, when the mass grave was discovered and the suspects confessed, Heidrick Crawford was the FBI special agent in charge of El Paso. His office was just a few miles away from the site of the mass grave.

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And he's taken a special interest in the murders of women in Juarez and was following this case closely as a potential breakthrough.

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You could sense that the pressure was mounting political pressure, public pressure, international pressure. The families and relatives and friends of the disappeared women who allowed those women would hold marches mourning the death and drawing attention to that. That was huge. There was a crescendo. It was building. The international community was fully aware. So the pressure must have been enormous on the other side of the border politically. It was in this context that the office of the attorney general, known as the PGR, produced two suspects.

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I remember the PDR announced they had made arrest the bus drivers, the bus drivers. Yes, that's them. The bus drivers. And it was show the bus drivers they had him in custody. So I have my agents come in. All right. Give me the real story and we see what's on there immediately. So this is. Yes, I. I wasn't sure I was thinking 70, 30. It's both in favor of the. And so I wanted to just tell me what's going on.

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And they said, hey, boss, it's this is they confessed. He said, boss, don't ask us where we got this, but these are photos of their their torsos. And I said, well, what are those what are those around circle marks, burn marks? He said, that's cattle prods both. So forget those confessions. I said, oh, my God. OK, so they're under pressure to solve the crime. And so they tortured confessions as the.

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Well, I'm not one to laugh because many African-American was tortured in the Deep South to confess to crimes that he didn't do. Because of that, I know full well it's not reliable when you talk to somebody in the very moment that it seemed most likely that the crimes could finally be solved to innocent men, have been coerced into taking the full.

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In the video produced in-house by the Juarez Police Department, the bus drivers appear dazed and later they managed to get in front of the media themselves and show the world what had happened to them.

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One had a knee swollen to several times its normal size there with those burn marks that Hardrock described.

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And there were also allegations of suffocation and waterboarding. So a few years before Monica Sharif had been pinned with these crimes, what did the authorities go to such lengths with the bus drivers every time a mass grave is turned up in Juarez of women's bodies?

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It's been a turning point for the city. And it's been a moment when suddenly people paid attention and there was great fear the police can sort of sweep these individual murders under the rug up until the point where these mass graves are discovered.

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So they had to do something to show they were taking these crimes seriously because rightly so, the community was terrified.

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The first discovery of a mass grave happened in late summer of 1995, there were nine bodies found in a deserted terrain in the southern outskirts of Juarez, not far from the airport in a plot of land called Loti.

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Bravo and Bravo in Spanish means wild or untamed.

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Two months later, Shut-off is arrested. He was declared as a primary suspect in the women's murders.

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And when he was questioned about this, he was stunned. He told The Washington Post, I've hung around with a lot of prostitutes and drunks and topless dancers. I'm not proud of it. I'll admit to my sins. But I never killed anybody.

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Sheriff is the perfect scapegoat, given his outsider status and his violent criminal history. The police kept building up cases against him that were subsequently thrown out in court until he died in jail in 2006. In 1995, the first mass grave of women in Juarez was discovered, and shortly afterwards, Sharif was jailed. In 1996, another mass grave of women was discovered and the authorities claimed Shareef was orchestrating the murders from prison to prove his innocence using a gang called the Rebellious Now.

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It was 2001 and another mass grave had been discovered. And even before seeing the images of torture, Diana believed that the process of scapegoating that usually followed such discovery was happening all over again. There were obviously, given the script, they seemed frightened to me, you know, to just nonchalantly admit to eight murders. This is quite a feat. And then again, spoke to the idea that here we go again, scapegoats. All right. They have the boilerplate language.

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Somebody is in charge of writing out the the novella of how this is going to play out, you know, someone in law enforcement.

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And here's what you're going to say. And period. It was just a matter of like two days after the human remains were gathered and taken to the morgue, and already they had two men that the authorities said were responsible to bus drivers. And we saw those very suspicious. I mean, how can you have suspects already?

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Five days after the bodies have been discovered at the cotton field, Diana attended a press conference where she got a sickening sense that history was repeating itself. One of the reporters from White House asked the state attorney general, has Cheatle Solly's he is it possible the sheriff is involved in these murders, too? And he turned to the rest of the reporters, the state attorney general, and said, you know, we're looking into that.

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Here we go again. We have the perfect scapegoat. He's been in jail this whole time and they may try to find a way to link him to these bus drivers. And then the bus drivers, of course, to the eight murders of these young women know. One of the things you can't fail to notice in Juarez is buses often repurposed American school buses which are everywhere and which are used to transport maquila workers to and from their jobs. When you and I went to downtown Juarez, we went to Meana Street, which is where many of the young women were last seen alive, but also the central bus exchange in Juarez.

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So easy to see how bus drivers might have had the access or the opportunity to kidnap, abduct and kill women. How much of that drove the authorities decision to focus on these two men? There is evidence to support the notion that the victims were scouted and selected in the same way it appears the scapegoats were also scouted and selected because they themselves had vulnerabilities that made them less able to defend themselves. And why bus drivers? Well, it so happened that before the cotton fields, a woman had survived an attack by a bus driver on her way home from work.

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And so bus drivers were already seen as an enemy in the public's eye. And so police just kind of picked up on that thread and arrested two more bus drivers saying these guys are responsible for the deaths of those women found dumped in the cotton field. You could say they were easy targets, just like sheriff.

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We don't hear as much about the individuals who are falsely accused of committing the crimes.

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And one of those who was accused was the bus driver named Javier Garcia Uribe. No relation to me. I went digging through news archives around the time they were arrested. And I came across this article written by a reporter named Minerva Kanthal, and she traveled to Juarez and spent several days with the bus drivers wife. Her name is Miriam Garcia.

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The couple, they have two children, and so one night in 2001, all of a sudden they are surrounded by armed men whose faces are covered with Halloween masks, and they threaten Avea Miriam and their two kids and eventually take cover, stuff them in a car and take them away while Miriam protests. But she's really helpless to do anything. These men are armed. She spends the next three days desperately searching for her husband, just like the mothers are searching for the daughters.

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The next time that Miriam sees her husband is on television confessing to the murder of these eight women who were found in the cotton field, Miriam, just like Paula, she's desperate to come to the rescue of her husband, who she firmly believes is being scapegoated on one of the governor's visits to Juarez. She manages to push her way to the front of the crowd and denounces her husband's arrest and pleas with the governor. Show me one shred of evidence, one shred of evidence to prove my husband's guilt.

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And she's surrounded and moved away from the governor. Just the brazenness by which this is all playing out that inspires this passion and these rage and these loved ones that are like, how dare you, how dare you?

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And they call them out in these very passionate public ways. All of this scapegoating raises a very serious question, why would the authorities do it? They're trying to protect the real killers all along. And if so, how could the killers have so much power over the authorities? When we come back, we hear from Oscar Minhas about some strange details of the cotton field crime scene that revealed the extent of what the killers might be capable of. And Hardrock Crawford takes the case to the very top of the FBI.

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And now I hope they will be for you to please listen to you and me both on the I Heart radio app, Apple podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. In Juarez, the women's murders and scapegoating seem to be two sides of the same coin. But not every official was content to let the true killers go free. And before the bus drivers confessed, Oscar Meiners was generating some telling leads at the crime scene about a sinister network responsible for the murder.

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We started working on a Thursday. By Sunday, the attorney general of the state gave a press interview saying that he had apprehended the murders and that the older victims had been identified. What I mean, we're just in the process of I mean, those are not the guys. This is not the profile I'm looking for. It was clear from Dana's reporting that at least one of the ways the victims were selected using a computer skills was highly methodical. And Oscar saw clear signs that the way the women in the cotton field had been killed and dumped was also organized.

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Who could be capable of these kinds of crimes and why would they leave bodies in such a brazen spot? Those were the questions on Oscar's mind as he worked the crime scene. Then all of a sudden, he became aware of something suspicious and disconcerting. I noticed that there were these men with nice cars, clean and shaved and everything in Bermudas, and they were very happy. I mean, they seem suspicious. I mean, these people were too quickly to arrive there.

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And if you had to guess who they were, these people, they don't have like a nine to five job that, you know, and like. So I don't know. The fact that these sharply dressed men could turn up to the crime scene suggested they didn't have an office job or a factory job and also wanted to know more about who they might be and took a picture with a telescopic lens into the photographs of the license plates.

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Like I said, there are leads that you follow. For reasons that will become clear, Oscar wasn't able to follow up on that lead, but the men weren't the only unexplained presence at the crime scene.

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There were a lot of areas of research in this case that could have led to something relevant. What was the most promising? I believe there was some construction companies because the second group of bodies, the ones who were buried there, were buried under the rubble and it was enough material to cover the bodies. You need like a dump truck to do the. The people who do they have access to equipment for a construction company, you can identify where they came from.

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The cotton field had so many promising leads, the connection between the victims, the license plates of the men who turned up at the crime scene, and then there's this rubble from a construction site. But the authorities never pursued those lines of investigation because the bus drivers had already confessed. Then the crime scene gets even weirder. The families and their demand for justice and Monica are one of the key engines that keeps pressure up on the authorities in Juarez. What the families do about this crime scene.

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Three months after the cotton field discovery, a group of American volunteers and international reporters went back to the scene of the crime to do a sweep at the request of the families.

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One of those volunteers was an American professor who describes how they lined up and combed the lot in one long single row, they carried sticks with pointed ends and were instructed to put anything they found in a plastic bag.

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And it turns out they found quite a lot of women's underwear, book bags, purses, a high heel shoe, clumps of hair. But the most significant thing they found that day was a pair of overalls, a teenage boy found them in a plastic bag and one of the mothers saw them and she ran over there and took those overalls in her arms. It turns out they belonged to her daughter, Gloria, who was turned away from the maquila for being late.

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One of the students captured that moment in a photograph.

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It shows this mother sobbing, clutching the overalls, embracing them as if they were her daughter.

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What's odd about this sweep is that it happens three months after the bodies were discovered and nobody has been able to explain how those items got there, especially the overalls and how they could have been there this whole time without anybody discovering them sooner. This wasn't the first time evidence had turned up in suspicious circumstances in the days after the cotton field discovery, Oscar miners received a surprise visit. Agent comes to my office.

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I need you to put this in the evidence of the case. And I said, no, this is an order by the attorney general to say no. If he wants to do it, I ask him to send breeding. Order, order. Oscar was being asked to plant evidence by a state official and he was pushing back. What evidence was he asking you to play?

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Apparently there were drugs and Bradley hair. I didn't even open the back because when the attorney general gave the press conference, he said that this busdriver drug addict and they have found evidence in the van that the girls have been abducted there with the van. I believe it was drugs and then some kind of evidence connecting the deceased to the vehicle.

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Whoever it is who doesn't want the truth of these murders to come to light won't stop a death threats or even torture. They also seem to have some sort of sway over the police and the attorney general's office. And because resistance wasn't going unnoticed.

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I mean, I received threats. I was careful. I went to at night time and.

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Yes, you know, but I didn't study or prepare to plant evidence, you know, mean it's like, uh.

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But Oscar, the way you tell this to us, you say it, Cummock, very nonchalantly.

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Well, at that time, I was very angry. I don't tend to get scared, get it to get angry. So I was very angry. When you're angry, you don't stop to think clear of the consequences.

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Why was it important to you to put your your job at the least and at the most, your safety on the line in this particular case?

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I mean, just because my job is to get to the truth of the case and also if we're talking about a serial killer or killers or a group acting in this way, if you close the case with a scapegoat, this is not the end of it.

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I mean, it's going to continue and continue and continue.

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But that order was coming from a powerful place. And when you don't obey those who are politically powerful, you tend to suffer the consequences.

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I had to I quit. I tried to protect the file when the file went to the judge is more difficult to manipulate. That's when I decided to present my resignation letter.

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But like I said, I was out anyways.

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It was a matter of minutes, probably. Oscar held firm not just because of principle, but for very practical purposes, he knew the bus drivers would have to be tried and he wants to make it as hard as possible to secure a conviction, hoping that that would force the authorities to lead a real search for the guilty parties.

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If you see their file, the original file, there is not a single evidence that connects the bus drivers to the crime. There is no evidence that the victim to this day says the bodies belong to. There's no proof of that. And the only proof you find is that these guys were Tajh. That was a fact, even though he was clearly a case that was manipulated by the state. Even though Oscar was essentially forced to resign within days of the discovery of a crime scene that he felt could finally have exposed who was killing the woman in Juarez, his protection of the bus drivers file, his refusal to plant evidence was consequential.

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It made the state's case much harder to prove, especially when a prominent father and son team of lawyers, Mario Escobedo, senior and junior, took them on his clients his dinner again.

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They were probably the first lawyers to be so open about what they understood about the femicide in Juarez, and they started to mention that there were people getting away with murder. But this resistance to the official narrative brings heat. Morio became aware that he was being followed. He called his father on a cell phone and said to help me, help me. Meanwhile, across the border in El Paso, Entre Crawford couldn't believe what he was seeing and he was more determined than ever to do something about the crimes.

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I'm stunned and amazed at the response of our colleagues in Mexico to an enormous crime, a mind numbing crime, and we couldn't intervene directly in the affairs of another sovereign nation.

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But in 2002, he visited the J.

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Edgar Hoover Building in Washington, D.C., because he wants to get approval to keep digging from his boss, Robert Mueller.

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Oh, yes, Director Robert Mueller and I was in the director's office on the seventh floor.

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We call it mahogany row, all the mahogany tables. And I expressed concern that my outspoken activities, my interaction with my colleagues on the other side of the border, I was concerned that I was doing something that they did not find to be in the best interests of the FBI. And Deputy Director Bruce Gephart said, drek, just keep doing what you're doing. And the director just nodded affirmatively. It wasn't long before Hardrock Crawford clearly understood that something even darker was happening in Juarez than his initial hypothesis about a cross-border serial killer.

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And although the bus drivers were in jail, the true killers remained free. So as the investigations continued on both sides of the border, so did the killings of women in Juarez.

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In our next episode, death threats against investigators graduate into outright murder. I must Voloshin. And I'm Monica Ortiz Uribe. See you next time.

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You know Narcissa. Gotten the women of Juarez is cohosted by me, Monica Ortiz Uribe and me as Woloshin Bogosian is executive produced by me and Mangoush had together our producers are Julian Moala and Katrina Norvelle, sound editing by Julian Mualla and Jacopo Penso. Lucas Riley is our story editor. Caitlin Thompson is our consulting producer. Production support from Emily Marinus and Aaron Kaufman, recording assistance, this episode from Melissa Kaplan, music by Leonardo Halem and Akobo Lieberman Additional Music by Aaron Kaufman.

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Special thanks to Cecilia Barry and Minerva Kanthal, whose research and reporting contributed to this episode. Hi, I'm Kristen Holmes, I've covered campaigns, Capitol Hill, the White House and everything Washington for CNN. But nothing tops the importance of this upcoming election. And my job is to help you make sense of it all. Welcome to Election 101. For the next 10 weeks, we'll figure out the electoral process together. I'll talk to experts, historians and some of you will address the safety of and voting, inform you of deadlines and make sure you know all your options.

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You'll learn why voter registration is different from state to state and even from person to person. I'll help you figure out how to watch the debates a little more closely and how to get a better read on what the candidates really stand for. Yes, this election year is different and this is a different kind of podcast. Election one. No one was created to help you learn how to make the most of your vote this November. Listen to election one or one every Wednesday on the I Heart radio app, Apple podcast or wherever you get your podcasts.