Brandon Hernández 5 p.m., April 24
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The Wanted and the Unwanted
Mexicans have a way of turning a phrase that says so much, with an economy of words. One of the best phrases I have ever heard is their description of the Americans who live in Mexico, especially Baja. Their saying goes, "When it comes to gringos living in Mexico, there are only two kinds: the wanted and the unwanted." At times it seems that somebody shook the US, and everything loose fell into Mexico. Here's one of them.
One year ago this month, Robert O. Riquelme, a 52-year old American, was found murdered in his house in Playas de Tijuana, a neighborhood of Tijuana. He had one bullet enter his left armpit and exit his chest. His legitimate daytime job was as an executive recruiter, and he maintained a mail drop address in San Diego for this purpose.
But, in Tijuana, he ran an "escort service", which is just a fancy name for a pimp. He had websites and advertised his services in local media, like Craigslist. However by all accounts he was scamming everyone.
In Mexico, he would advertise in Spanish to young and sometimes desperate women that his service could arrange for them to meet American men who wanted to marry a Latina and help them emigrate to the United States. He charged them a fee for this arrangement. On the US side of the border, he advertised a Tijuana escort service, claiming he could arrange short and long-term liaisons with hot Latinas. Of course, he also charged the men for this service.
Some of the women for whom Riquelme had arranged a meeting with an eligible American bachelor were quite taken back when they learned from their American date what was expected of them.
Is there any wonder why he is dead?!