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Oct 5, 2023Liked by Ioan Grillo

Great reporting and tragic reminder of there risks that Brave Jounalists take to report about Crime in Mexico. The figure that stands out to me is that only 10 % of the murders of journalists has been solved in Mexico. I don’t think most folks realize that the clearance rate for murders in Mexico is about 5 %. As for the dark web, I have an associate that is tech saavy who has told me that the dark web is compromised of a lot of scams, and Federal Agents posing as sellers to entice folks that are up to bad intentions. All the best.

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Hey Ioan I am huge fan of your substack and I was wondering what you know about Narco Cults? And whether or not you could write a piece about it. I just find it fascinating and weird how there is a religious element incorporated in narco culture.

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Very gritty. Reads like a thriller but hurts as reality. We previously spoke about political assassinations but the murder of journalists feels worse. In my country of South Africa, despite our high crime, this misdeed is low because investigative journalism, proper crime writing, is almost non-existent. What's different in Mexico? What's the psychology behind the next brave journo stepping onto the front line?

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Chivas Martinez of Borderland Beat luckily fled Mexico before they killed her and her family. She now has to lead an extremely low profile life outside of Mexico. Her brother was killed by the cartels.

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Oct 5, 2023Liked by Ioan Grillo

Sobering to be sure, but not too surprising. The $80k price is a lot, but a contractor who's already failed twice probably didn't want more local sicarios one could rent cheaper to fail again. The dark web is rife with scams, of course; but the layer of deniability it may confer can be used by the experienced operator in that space.

It remains a terrible and squalid act to target journalists who are only doing their jobs without specific aggression for assassination. Terrible, squalid, and, moral outrage aside, counter-productive.

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Fantastic report. I have a lot of firsthand info on narco-cults as I live among these people, and have for years.

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Oct 5, 2023Liked by Ioan Grillo

The military in the United States has been very reluctant to publicize the thefts of weapons not only by soldiers but by the private military businesses. This is another consequence of the increased privatization of the US military. With military shipments to Ukraine not being monitored nor audited, it was inevitable for military grade weapons to appear on the dark web. There have been numerous arrests of Marines at Camp Pendleton for human smuggling and drug dealing. Many believe that rogue Marines have been responsible for the sale of weapons to Southeast San Diego gangs back in the 1980's and 1990's including the Mexican Mafia.

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Oct 5, 2023Liked by Ioan Grillo

Damn good work.

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Oct 5, 2023Liked by Ioan Grillo

Does any one else think the messages are written in a strange language? There is no slang and no euphemism? You'd assume at least some of these guys are not native English speakers. I'd thought feds and then saw someone else also suggest it. The talk is more literal than I'd have expected! Fascinating and scary.

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Oct 8, 2023Liked by Ioan Grillo

Tks for your immediate answer, best here to you Ioan.

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Oct 6, 2023Liked by Ioan Grillo

Very impressive Ioan. There is a underworld, its not new but what kind of measures to contrast the Drak Web ? Our italian judge in first line to fight strong Calabria born mafia, Niccolò Gratteri talked about that italian mafiosi use hith tech, use darl web to expand their business.

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