There’s a terrifying reason people stay inside at 5:45 p.m. in parts of Mexico

 

4/13/2016 Business Insider

AerialViewMexicoCityBesides their ostentatious displays of wealth, the activity that has earned Mexican drug cartels the most notoriety is the immense bloodshed they’ve caused throughout Mexico.

On first glance, the bloodletting cartels engage in — against each other and against law enforcement and civilians — is just a cost of business, necessary to ensure the cartels’ ability to operate.

Over time, however, the cartels have turned killing into a means to build their reputation, playing on the public’s fear and fascination with violence — and on the media’s desperation for compelling content.

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