"Madman" Mexican Massacre Suspect Arrested

"Madman" Mexican Massacre Suspect Arrested

By Valerie Tejeda 05/22/12

After a gunfight, a leader of the Zetas cartel is taken into custody for the recent murders of 49 decapitated victims.

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Mexican forces have arrested a suspect for the gruesome massacre that saw 49 decapitated bodies found next to a highway in Mexico last week. Daniel de Jesus Elizondo Ramirez—aka "The Madman," a leader of the Zetas drug cartel—was arrested by Mexican soldiers in the northern state of Nuevo Leon. He reportedly threw grenades and fired at troops with a rifle as they fought to take him into custody on Sunday. The killings have been called the worst crime yet committed in the Mexican drug war, which has escalated since President Felipe Calderon came into office in 2006. None of the corpses have been identified. Graffiti was sprayed at the scene where the bodies were discovered, reading “100% Z,” and a video was posted online showing men dumping a large pile of corpses on the road that night, with a message on a blanket also apparently signed by the Zetas. The Zetas have denied responsibility—even posting a sign that read, "Just because somebody goes and dumps a truck full of bodies and leave a message (supposedly) from zetas, you are not suppose to continue with your job [?]" It continued: “Gentlemen don't be fools, those who did this want to make us responsible... We are not responsible for the 49 deaths. We accept responsibility for the ones in Jalisco and the nine hanged in Nuevo Laredo. We accept responsibility for those and the banner in Nuevo Laredo."

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Entertainment journalist and author Valerie Tejeda spends her days reporting on books, television, and all things pertaining to pop culture, and spends her nights writing novels for teens. Her stories have appeared on a variety of different publications, including but not limited to: VanityFair, MTV, The Huffington Post, TeenVogue, She Knows, Latina, The Fix, Salon.com, Cosmopolitan, and more. You can find Valerie on Linkedin and Twitter.

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