Radio Interview: Reviewing ‘Dispatches from the House of Death,’ plus a short history of Narco News
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I recently had a great on-air conversation with Ben Reed about my new book, “Dispatches from the House of Death — A Juarez Cartel informant, a DEA whistleblower, mass murder and a coverup on the edge of the Empire.”
Ben is the program director for radio station KYJJ Ke Buena — FM 95.7 and AM 1330.
If you’re interested, a recording of the interview (in English, with some slight feedback buzz) can be found here (and below).
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More information on my book and where to find it can be found at this link: https://houseofdeath.org
An excerpt from the book:
The House of Death is located several blocks off Panamericana, near a large, seemingly new hotel. We pulled to a stop in front of a house on the short U-shaped Parsioneros Street. All the houses on the street are similar in appearance. But I knew what this house looked like. It had been in my dreams more than once over the past four years of covering the House of Death murders.
From the street, the house, located in Juarez’s Las Acequias neighborhood, looks unassuming — a yellowish brown two-story cinderblock home with a tall wrought-iron fence standing guard in the front yard. The fence gate is secured with a chain. The white paint coating the fence is beginning to chip away in spots, revealing flecks of rusted iron beneath. The house abuts the neighboring home to the left as you face it, almost like a row house, but it stands alone — with a closer look revealing that the two homes are separated by a high wall between their front yards that is topped with rolls of barbed wire.
Fernando and I got out of the truck, him with his camera and me with a chill up my spine. This was it, the house that had consumed so much of my life’s energy, the house where 12 corpses were found buried in the backyard; the house where human beings were tortured and murdered by Mexican cops on the payroll of a narco-trafficker, all with the help of a U.S. government informant, all to make a drug case that never went to trial; the house that spawned a major coverup by the U.S. government.
It seemed too small to be that big.