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Over the last 25 years, thousands of women have been viciously murdered or disappeared along the border in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The investigation into these crimes has revealed a systemic web of corruption, drug violence, sex trafficking, and unchecked globalization that authorities have tried desperately to hide. Hosted by famed investigative journalist Lydia Cacho and produced by a Mexico-based creative team, The Red Note examines the story of the Juarez femicides through the voices of investigators who tried to solve the mystery of these crimes, and the families of the victims, whose lives have been reshaped by tragedy.

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Over the last 25 years, thousands of women have been viciously murdered or disappeared along the border in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The investigation into these crimes has revealed a systemic web of corruption, drug violence, sex trafficking, and unchecked globalization that authorities have tried desperately to hide. Hosted by famed investigative journalist Lydia Cacho and produced by a Mexico-based creative team, The Red Note examines the story of the Juarez femicides through the voices of investigators who tried to solve the mystery of these crimes, and the families of the victims, whose lives have been reshaped by tragedy.

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    The Crimes | Chapter 1

    The Crimes | Chapter 1

    In 1993, residents of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico begin noticing a string of serial murders that appear to be linked by a common signature. But for more than two year, these brutal crimes are ignored by local investigators. As host Lydia Cacho explores the powerful forces along the border that gave rise to these femicides, our production team comes face-to-face with danger on the streets of Juarez.
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    • 48 min
    "The Juarez Ripper" | Chapter 2

    "The Juarez Ripper" | Chapter 2

    Forensic examiner Oscar Maynez starts to suspect that a serial killer is on the loose in Juarez, but his theory is ignored by local officials. Facing a public outcry over their failure to solve the femicides, investigators in Chihuahua finally launch an investigation. An Egyptian chemist, Abdul Latif Sharif Sharif, is arrested and charged with the serial murders. But as more and more women’s bodies are found in the desert, local residents begin asking whether police may have arrested the wrong man.
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    • 46 min
    The Invisible Hand | Chapter 3

    The Invisible Hand | Chapter 3

    After Sharif is charged with dozens of serial murders in Juarez, a local politician, Irene Blanco, agrees to take over the Egyptian’s defense. The members of a local gang are arrested in the city’s red light district and accused of conspiring with “the Juarez Ripper” to commit the serial murders; but doubts still linger about Sharif’s involvement in the crimes. Chihuahua’s state attorney general announces the creation of a special task force to end the murder of women in Juarez.
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    • 46 min
    Hunting Monsters | Chapter 4

    Hunting Monsters | Chapter 4

    Facing widespread protests over his handling of the femicides investigation, Chihuahua’s governor invites FBI profiler Robert Ressler to Juarez in the hopes of solving the serial murders. Host Lydia Cacho examines how sex trafficking grew into a lucrative revenue stream for Mexico’s drug cartels, fueling the disappearance of hundreds of women each year along the border. Local residents are hopeful that the appointment of Suly Ponce to lead Chihuahua’s femicide task force will be a turning point in the investigation.
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    • 45 min
    The Usual Suspects | Chapter 5

    The Usual Suspects | Chapter 5

    A 13-year-old maquiladora worker survives a brutal assault outside Juarez and identifies several bus drivers as her assailants. After local officials allege that the gang of drivers conspired with Sharif to commit the serial murders, Juarez residents begin to question Suly Ponce’s commitment to ending the femicides. Irene Blano tries to speak out after Sharif is convicted of murder, but the powerful forces that control Juarez move quickly to silence her.
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    • 41 min
    The Cotton Field Case | Chapter 6

    The Cotton Field Case | Chapter 6

    The discovery of eight womens’ bodies at a cotton field in central Juarez sends shockwaves through the city. Forensic examiner Oscar Maynez contends that the cotton field murders prove that an organized criminal network is behind the serial murders. Just days after the eight bodies are discovered, authorities arrest two bus drivers and charge them with the killings. When questions emerge about the drivers’ guilt, residents and activists allege that the government is trying to protect the real killers.
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    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
295 Ratings

295 Ratings

Apryl054 ,

Wow

Grateful people are wanting to tell this story. Ive never heard of it.

MichellePLevy ,

Amazing podcast

Extremely well done. Thank you for spreading awareness in such a captivating way.

the happy jew ,

Ehh

Yes what happened was tragic but the feminist undertones and lack of understanding of what daily life is like in juarez is just unbearable. Typical victim spin that blames everyone else for their troubles. The narrator is unbearable

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