5/1/2017 InSight Crime
Leaving narco messages in instances when a victim is killed in a bloodthirsty manner is a strategy employed by criminal groups to gain “respect” and “build a reputation among their rivals and society as a whole,” according to a study by the Center for Research and Economic Development (Centro de Investigación y Desarrollo Económico – CIDE) that analyzed more than 2,000 such messages.
The study entitled “Evolution of Organized Crime in Mexico through Narco Messages” classified 2,680 messages found between 2007 and 2011 in 25 of the country’s 32 states. The study identified the main contents, geographic location, and type of homicide that the messages were associated with, among other details.
The study notes that while the main motive in 44 percent of the messages analyzed was to send a threatening or hateful message to rival groups, the motive in 22 percent of the messages, identified as “messages of justice,” was to single out the murdered person as an alleged offender.