Mass murder has been a big topic in the United States as of late, spurring debates on gun control. Elsewhere in the world, mass murders are also a problem, but they aren’t enacted by determined racist or deranged crusaders. These murders are carried out or ordered by high-profile criminals with intentions on securing their empires. One recent case comes out of Guatemala, involving drug lord Marvin Montiel Marin a.k.a. “El Taquero.”
The kingpin stands accused of murdering 16 tourists in cold blood on November 8, 2012, in the municipality of Rio Hondo. El Taquero and his goons massacred a bus traveling from Nicaragua to Guatemala, because they believed that the bus was carrying a shipment of drugs belonging to somebody else. They killed the tourists (15 Nicaraguans and one Dutchman) after they ransacked the bus and found nothing. The bodies were then taken to El Taquero’s estate in Rio Hondo where they were burned.
The prosecution asked for a sentence of 828 years in prison for El Taquero and a fine of one million quetzales ($130,573). Additionally, prosecutors want sentences of 828 years and 834 years for accomplices Hector Gonzalez Stuart and Mynor Aroldo Gutierrez. A sentence of 18 years and a fine of $300,000 was requested for Jose Ignacio de Jesus Folgar, eight years was requested for Sara Cruz, El Taquero’s wife and nine years and four months was requested for Roberto Chacon.