Saturday, February 25, 2006

Mexican Malaise

Something just doesn't add up - The Canadian couple murdered in a five-star Maya Beach resort during what should have been the joyful occasion of their daughter's wedding. Throats slashed. Right in their rooms. In Mexico. (I could say, 'I'm not making this up', but I don't want to trivialize the horror, so I won't.)

The Mexican authorities tell us they have everything under control, and they know that the evil-doers are apparently three Canadian women who took a flight home shortly after the gruesome murder.

But the story keeps changing, and Mexican authorities are not giving Canada officials much information. And there are a lot of unanswered questions: Why was there clerical bungling of certain hotel registrations? Was there really a lock-down after the discovery of the bodies? Why were so many of the hotel's guests allowed to leave without questioning? Why are the Mexican investigators so sure that it was these three Canadian women, and that it was an organized crime hit? Wouldn't this have been accomplished much easier with a few guns in Canada? Why travel to Mexico? And three women? Were they Charlie's Devils?

You don't have to be Columbo to get that niggling feeling that something ain't right.

CTV reports that Toronto coroner Dr. David Evans, who will take possession of the remains when they arrive in Canada this weekend, "expects any potential evidence will be contaminated, particularly if the Mexican funeral director has done preparation work on the Ianiero's bodies." That assumes of course, that the rumor that the bodies have already been cremated is false.

I smell a cover-up.


Jennifer said...

Something is very fishy with this situation indeed. Unfortunately Justice most likely will not be served. Mexico is notorious for letting things like this slide. However, this case is most unusual for the type of murder and disappearances Mexico is known for. Kids go missing off the streets every day in Mexico and nothing is done about it, the difference here is this happens in the streets of Mexico NOT in 5 star resorts. Something definitely does not add up here, and I really hope that the Canadian government will keep pressing the Mexican government to do something about it, but the sad reality is we will probably never know the truth of what happened, and the evil doers will probably get off. I pray that God will inspire the Mexican officals to do what is right. (there would be nothing more just then sending the culprits to Mexican jail!)

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Excellent in-depth analysis, Jennifer! Your point about crime committed against common citizens such as children is well taken.

I suspect this is an elaborate scheme to attempt to deflect concern and attention away from the Mexican tourist industry, but in reality it makes one wonder to what lengths they will go to sustain their own interests?

I for one am a tiny bit nervous about travelling to a country where they won't even share vital information about supposed murderers loose in Canada until due process is served.

Gerry said...

Joanne, I enjoyed you view on the Mexico mess. It appears the Mexican authorities have read a few too many murder mystery novels. This is quite a who-done-it, but at the expense of family, and friends of the victim's. I still view Mexico as an uncivilized Country - too many horror stories from vacationers for me to ever consider part of my holiday plans (Cuba won't be getting any of my holiday money either).

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Gerry, I share your trepidation about Mexico; not just because of the murders but also that the alleged Canadian killers were so quickly named in such a shoddy investigation and now face extradition.

How must those Canadian women feel, (assuming that they are innocent), and knowing that their lives are about to be turned upside down just because they were at the wrong place at the wrong time? They are being made into a convenient target to restore confidence in the tourism industry.

Ironically it could have the opposite effect if Canadian tourists are reluctant to travel to a country where the ultimate value is self-preservation and self-interest over justice.