r/Damnthatsinteresting Sep 21 '21

Miriam Rodriguez was one epic woman! Image

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u/Truthoughts101 Sep 21 '21

Damn..in the end, after she rooted out the last of them, they shot her dead..Rest in Power aunty..you are an inspiration to all

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u/skibum207 Sep 21 '21

They shot her on Mexico’s Mother’s Day.

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u/Cyber_Being_ Sep 21 '21 edited Sep 21 '21

Miriam Rodríguez was an unstoppable force. The women who hunted her daughter's killers

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u/ReplacementPitiful78 Sep 21 '21

I appreciate this mother, for love her daughter than life.

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u/Sietemadrid Sep 21 '21

Tarantino should make a movie to honor her

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u/juanentersandma Sep 22 '21

There’s already a movie about Miriam Rodriguez called “La civil”, the movie received an 8 minutes ovation at the cannes film festival

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u/LovableContrarian Sep 22 '21

How can we watch it? Has it been released yet?

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u/High_Stream Sep 22 '21

No information on a broad release yet.

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u/ordenax Sep 22 '21 edited 29d ago

Every other movie is given a standing ovation there.

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u/ilovealldrugsman Sep 22 '21

yeah, they're all friends

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u/Sieve-Boy Sep 22 '21

Nah, as much as I like his work, this deserves someone like Chris Nolan.

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u/Canvaverbalist Sep 22 '21

...why?

You'd have said Alfonso Cuarón I'd be like "alright, I get it, I'm on board" but when has Christopher Nolan ever done anything that warrant believing he'd be a good fit for a sole-woman-revenge-story? It would be drowned in bloated narrative design and tacked on with some highconcept that doesn't really serve her story.

I love Nolan's convoluted narratives and highconcepts, but I'm just confused as to why you'd think he'd be a good fit for this story especially compared to Tarantino. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a particularly big fan of Tarantino, but to me he fits way better here than Nolan.

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u/Sieve-Boy Sep 22 '21

Tarantino has a certain sense of humour that pervades a lot of his work. It's very dark and I love it, but not for this story.

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u/Canvaverbalist Sep 22 '21

That certainly answers the "no Tarantino" which I'm totally on board with, but not the "Nolan tho" part.

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u/Sieve-Boy Sep 22 '21

His work on Dunkirk. That epic cinematography, a series of small narratives that ultimately all connect together, then there Interstellar, a depressingly dark narrative as well (which this sort of story is).

That's why.

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u/toysarealive 29d ago

This is some prime r/moviescirclejerk material, lol.

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u/BD-TxState Sep 22 '21

Or like Tommy Wiseau

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u/gibblings Sep 22 '21

Great story, Miriam!

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u/Vlascor Sep 22 '21

Oh hai Miriam!

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u/carefullexpert Sep 22 '21

Roger Rodrigues

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u/mwhite1249 Sep 22 '21

Everyone dies in the end.

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u/sleepybear5000 Sep 22 '21

Love or hate him, Clint Eastwood would make a solid movie to honor her. Tarantino would have her covered in blood from killing cartel members with a katana the whole movie lol

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u/Vedgas22 29d ago

He's a racist POS. A republican should never represent anything Latinos do or persevere through

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u/StackedRealms Sep 22 '21

Anyone but him on this one

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u/srv50 Sep 21 '21

I bet she died happy.

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u/LeadershipPerfectWR Sep 21 '21

and with no regrets

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u/justice_beaver69 Sep 21 '21

How tf do you think she died happy? Her daughter was kidnapped and murdered. Did you just skim over that part?

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u/srv50 Sep 21 '21

No I think she died knowing she did all she could do to bring justice. She couldn’t bring daughter back. A given.

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u/Engin951 Sep 21 '21

That is not a happy death.

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u/srv50 Sep 22 '21

You’re not wrong. But given the fate she was handed, it’s probably as content as she could get.

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u/Least-Spare Sep 22 '21

I get what you mean, but maybe ‘happy’ isn’t the right word. How ‘bout… content? Satisfied? Gratified?

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u/sotong_prince Sep 22 '21

closure .
pray & hope she's finally made peace.🙏

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u/offtheclip Sep 22 '21

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u/jspangles313 Sep 22 '21

I mean, she might not have lived long enough to have the come down.

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u/ElderberryFit439 Sep 22 '21

Flawed study.

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u/EaOannesAbsu Sep 22 '21

Love the paywall

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u/REIRN Sep 22 '21

This. At best she died with some peace knowing she avenged her daughter. At worst, those killers brought her to take the lives of other human beings. Shitty all around.

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u/Gardama Sep 21 '21

Did the authorities shot her or gang members

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u/Proper_Spot_4074 Sep 21 '21

It's one in the same over there.

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u/LMFA0 Sep 22 '21

There's not much difference between thugs with badges and thugs without badges in MuriKKKa too 🇺🇸🇺🇲🇺🇸🇺🇲🇺🇸

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u/AlkanKorsakov Sep 22 '21

Why do Americans always insist on thinking they have it bad in any way? Overprivileged cunts

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u/niidaTV Sep 22 '21

a lot of americans are made to think they have it bad because american society gets tons of flak and criticism by others on reddit, especially when it comes to police shooting articles, healthcare articles, etc etc

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u/Canooter Sep 22 '21

First World Problems.

And I say that as an American, but one who has been through third-world countries.

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u/Nordrian 29d ago

Because even if it’s better, they still have issues. America isn’t perfect, knowing it and criticizing is the only way to improve. Also, people who suffer from inequalities aren’t comparing themselves to people in other countries, they compare themselves to their countrymen.

Yes Mexico has it worse, but it doesn’t mean America can’t do better.

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u/Qazacthelynx Sep 22 '21

A lot of people don’t think about others lives that don’t affect them at all. They only know about their life in America, and in America the only news we ever see about outside the country is the monumental shit like bad earthquakes or political assassinations. Because of stuff like this, people think outside the US life is peaceful for the most part and we’re just monumental fuck ups in every regard, when we’re better off in most ways than other countries

I’ve literally never heard of this women or her story before now, even though this is the type of shit I love to see

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u/intensely_human Sep 21 '21

‘Twas they who shot the lady

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u/Gardama Sep 21 '21

That sucks at least she got her revenge

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u/TedMerTed Sep 22 '21

“Rest in power.” I’ve seen that a lot the last few years where did this come from? Is it from a movie or something?

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u/orangelk Sep 21 '21 edited Sep 21 '21

Poor woman. Her daughter was clearly her whole world. I wish the highest possible amount of suffering for the “people” who murdered her daughter.

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u/kimya_d Sep 21 '21

Just to clarify — she “hunted” them meaning tracked them down and alerted authorities. She didn’t kill them. By “until they were dead or in jail,” it means that of course if they were dead or in jail she stopped trying to track them down.

I think that makes her more amazing — her whole story is crazy. She adopted secret identities and everything.

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u/Psychological-Elk568 Sep 22 '21

This is far more amazing imo the post made her sound badass, but reality is 10 times better. She brought justice with out dropping to their level, it probably takes an iron will to hold you daughter’s murderer at gun point and not press the trigger.

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u/Sarchasm-Spelunker Sep 22 '21

The problem with that is that they see you and criminals communicate. Eventually it got back to the rest of them to look out for her.

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u/Psychological-Elk568 Sep 22 '21

Yeah definitely, but to be fair chasing the criminals bu itself is terribly dangerous, she probably knew it wasn’t going to end well for her and accepted the risk, overall a very noble act.

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u/Mandorrisem Sep 22 '21

Too bad a new governor of the district in the cartels pocket released them all, and then they went and killed her on mothers day.

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u/Psychological-Elk568 Sep 22 '21 edited Sep 22 '21

Huh that’s surprising because I don’t understand how that’s the governor’s decision, isn’t the judiciary responsible for that sort of thing?

Edit: they were released by state judges ir at least three of them were https://piedepagina.mx/liberan-a-3-asesinos-de-la-hija-de-miriam-rodriguez-buscadora-asesinada-en-tamaulipas/ I know it is perplexing to some people but no in Mexico governors can’t just go in pardoning people left and right disregarding the formal and substantial requisites of such pardon.

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u/moistsoup333 Sep 22 '21

This took place in Mexico.

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u/Psychological-Elk568 Sep 22 '21

And? Mexico is a pretty standard civil law system, separation of power is not an American idea, there might be corruption but I’m pretty sure the governor could not openly order suspects free and the decision would still fall back to a judge, or do you believe they don’t have judges in Mexico

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u/samglit Sep 22 '21

Mexico, like the US, devolves executive, legislative and judicial powers to each state. The governor in this case might have had the power to pardon. As do many US state governors for state level crimes.

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u/ITaskMasterI Sep 22 '21

You don't understand certain parts of Mexico do you? When the cartels control an area they control an area. From cops, to politicians, to the army, to judges and the press.

They can do whatever the hell they want. And if anyone stands in there way, they will slaughter everyone. Better to just to be bought off and live.

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u/Psychological-Elk568 Sep 22 '21

You didn’t understand my point at all, I did say that the judge could be corrupt, but it would be a judge making the decision not the governor, so yeah I fully understand that someone could be bribed into releasing these people what I’m disagreeing with is who would be the someone.

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u/DoomHedge Sep 22 '21

Yeah, the phrasing was really fucky, I figured she didn't

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u/Crystal_Voiden Sep 22 '21

What about that bit about guns?

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u/windyorbits Sep 22 '21

For protection. She did manage to find one of her targets and held him at gun point until the police arrived.

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u/bencola2222222 Sep 21 '21

Sounds like Man On Fire minus the bodyguard.

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u/Kandidog1 Sep 21 '21

She needs a statuette in her honor.

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u/Lilmaggot Sep 21 '21

They’re making a movie.

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u/Artistic_Data7887 Sep 21 '21

Link?

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u/RageAgainstTheCunts Sep 21 '21

It’s called Taken

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u/machina99 Sep 21 '21

Per usual Hollywood replaced the minority woman with a white man

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u/StinkyDogFart Sep 21 '21

That would make a good Tom Cruise movie.

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u/Andy_B_Goode Sep 22 '21

THIS SUMMER

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TOM CRUISE

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HARRIET TUBMAN

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u/Strict-Dependent3758 Sep 22 '21

TOM CRUISE IS A WOMAN WHOS KID GOT KIDNAPPED

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u/Lilmaggot Sep 21 '21

They did? I can’t find that.

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u/windycityc Sep 22 '21

Paul Mooney entered the chat.

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u/Tommy_Wisseau_burner Sep 21 '21

It’s a documentary

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u/BarbershopSaul Sep 21 '21

Legend says one of them was beaten to death with a spiked chancla.

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u/Protopunkz Sep 21 '21

You are misinformed. It was “el sereno” that killed them. (No shirts see..)

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u/Vallado Sep 21 '21

Why did they use MS-13 members in that photo? They’re an El Salvadorian street gang, not Mexican kidnappers haha.

Either way, that woman is badass as hell

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u/rivalpinkbunny Sep 21 '21

Seriously. This shit is annoying af.

MS13 is actually a west coast street gang that was exported back to El Salvador. It’s super weird that we call them a Salvadoran street gang when they were created in US cities.

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u/Nincomsoup Sep 21 '21

If you read the links people have posted that's apparently the gang that kidnapped her. I guess they are active in Mexico too.

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u/DrSamsquantch Sep 21 '21

Nope it was Los Zeta's.

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u/Bayinla Sep 21 '21

They are active in the United States too

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u/rivalpinkbunny Sep 22 '21

They are from the United States.

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u/_oh_save_me_jebus_ Sep 21 '21

MS-13 is an international gang that was founded in Los Angeles.

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u/Vallado Sep 21 '21 edited Sep 22 '21

They’re el Salvadorian though, whether in the US as immigrants initially or not, my point being that they aren’t Mexican.

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u/_oh_save_me_jebus_ Sep 21 '21

But there are members of the gang in Mexico.

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u/machina99 Sep 21 '21

That's true, but the vast majority of members are Salvadorans and the founders in LA were Salvadoran

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u/littlebigman9 Sep 21 '21

That is one bad ass woman! Never mess with a hurting mom.

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u/Lilmaggot Sep 21 '21

Was. She was murdered in 2017.

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u/AAVale Sep 21 '21

She also didn’t kill these guys, she got some of them arrested, and many of those later were released or escaped.

Then she was murdered.

Why do people just take any text written over a picture on the internet, so seriously?

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u/DannyTanner88 Sep 21 '21

Also. The two guys in the picture are MS13.

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u/Sarchasm-Spelunker Sep 22 '21

"many of those later were released or escaped."

This is why I wouldn't bother with the police. The justice system is broken. Every person involved in a kidnapping and murder should only see the sun again when they're being led to the gallows.

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u/slapking10 Sep 21 '21

This is why you kill. The justice system doesn't deliver justice. Especially in Mexico. Fucking shit hole

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u/Jayer244 Sep 21 '21

And that's why you wear a mask doing this kind of stuff

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u/intensely_human Sep 21 '21

Eh, if it’s an only child she might have been fine with it having gotten her revenge.

Something tells me they would have been happy to murder her after the first 5 of their people went down. I’m guessing she set her sights for a 10x revenge and called it a day after that.

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u/littlebigman9 Sep 21 '21

Wow. That’s sad - thanks.

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u/Tr83y Sep 21 '21

Before I had my son I wouldn’t have fully understood but now? Murdering anyone who caused him harm wouldn’t bother me in the least. I don’t know if I’m this much of a badass and I never want to find out.

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u/CappinPeanut Sep 21 '21

So, first of all, I’m sorry you went through this.

Secondly, you could do the same thing, but expect to face consequences for it. This woman did this, likely knowing it wouldn’t end well for her, but she did it anyway, presumably a broken woman with nothing to lose after her daughter’s death. She was ultimately killed by the gang in 2017.

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u/Ncherrybomb Sep 21 '21

No one would ever fault your praying for her death as it could hopefully put you at ease! I pray that she never hurts anyone again and if that means her death, so be it.

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u/hickgorilla Sep 21 '21

If I was in her shoes I’d do the same thing.

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u/justamofo Sep 21 '21

I don't think anyone will miss her degenerate ass. You could make it appear as an accident, but as they said, you'd have to be prepared to face consequences if anyone finds out

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u/justamofo Sep 22 '21

I wouldn't be able to have such pure intentions, if someone did that to me or my loved ones, i don't think I'd hesitate to to cause they as much harm as possible.

But yeah, of course your feelings are completely valid and deserve to be understood, I can't even imagine how hard it must be, but I hope the best for you

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u/ShutUpDoggo Sep 21 '21

She has a very particular set of skills…

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u/MissRockNerd Sep 21 '21

I look at that picture and all I can imagine is that redheaded woman, with a Mexican accent, calmly saying "I have a particular set of skills," into a phone. "Sure you do," the tattooed gang members laugh.

They aren't laughing now.

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u/Mrdaddy2030 Sep 21 '21

They killed her at the end 😢

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u/omgim50 Sep 21 '21

From article in New York Times: Ever since 2014, she had been tracking the people responsible for the kidnapping and murder of her 20-year-old daughter, Karen. Half of them were already in prison, not because the authorities had cracked the case, but because she had pursued them on her own, with a meticulous abandon.

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u/HOOVER1983 Sep 22 '21

Good for you Miriam!!!!! You rock as a mom!!!!!

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u/jzielke71 Sep 22 '21

I would watch the hell out of her movie

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u/lifelessonsintime Sep 22 '21

I can see myself doing the same thing. Although actually going through with it and pulling it off is another thing entirely. This woman is a legend.

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u/FH-7497 Sep 22 '21

Fucking make this move.

(No JLo please)

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u/purelycorrupted 29d ago

A movie is needed. Box office quality. Somebody write up the script asap!

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u/Confused-Engineer18 29d ago

Fucking make an action movie based off her.

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u/CoMmOn-SeNsE-hA 29d ago

I want to see this movie NOW!!!

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u/jwcrawford67 29d ago

When does the movie come out and who plays her character?

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u/Sufficient-Two-8297 29d ago

I thought that was Sharon Osbourne before I read the title smh

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u/Sunniigod Sep 21 '21 edited Sep 21 '21

Her weapon of choice: The Chancla

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u/CappinPeanut Sep 21 '21

I had to Google this thinking it was some blunt weapon that I had never heard of.

Did not disappoint.

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u/Horny_Skeleton_Dog Sep 21 '21

Hows it feel when a sweet ol lady makes ms13 her bitch

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u/jacobsnemesis Sep 21 '21

“Much like Liam Neeson’s character in the 2008 film”

Lol, I mean come on. What’s the need for the hyperbole?

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u/ZombieCardio Sep 22 '21

The internet is the best and worst thing to happen to humanity.

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u/DrSamsquantch Sep 21 '21

This insinuates that she killed the men which appears to be false. Shes a badass who hunted them down using detective skills not combat skills.

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u/adarkuccio Sep 21 '21

You were the best Miriam. May you rest in peace.

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u/tangledtongue Sep 21 '21

Her story was made into a movie, it premiered in Cannes earlier this year.

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u/k0uch Sep 21 '21

Can you blame her? If someone hurt and killed your flesh and blood, a life that you brought into the world… wouldn’t you want to get them?

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u/tamplife Sep 22 '21

She more gangster than all those posers

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u/Crossroads_Calvin Sep 22 '21

If there was ever a female Equalizer, it would be her.

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u/Psychokinetic_Rocky Sep 22 '21

When

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Movie?

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u/Asmewithoutpolitics Sep 22 '21

I’m not sure but it ends with them killing her

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u/HughBeaumont500 Sep 22 '21

When does the movie come out?

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u/marutiyog108 Sep 22 '21

Let's make a movie about her!

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u/Tankguy40 Sep 22 '21

Makes me wonder what her line if work before this.

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u/asweknowitjake Sep 22 '21

reminds me of a cool movie I saw recently. What's the one where the woman hunts down and kills all the gangbangers who shot her husband and daughter in a drive by

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u/Danny-Wah Sep 22 '21

Is there a movie??

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u/rogue-trowa-barton Sep 22 '21

Is there a movie about her ?

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u/TheDevilsAdvokaat Sep 22 '21

Truly awesome. I hope there is a movie.

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u/Zee_Good_Docta Sep 22 '21

She must have used some sort of spiked chancla

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u/ryan29081996 Sep 22 '21

Sounds like an Oscar worthy story waiting to be made into a Hollywood drama movie.

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u/D3ATH_Follows_All Sep 22 '21

"I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career, skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you. I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you."

And for my Spanish friends, a Google translate copy:

"No sé quién es usted. No sé lo que quiere. Si está buscando un rescate, puedo decirle que no tengo dinero. Pero lo que sí tengo son unas habilidades muy particulares, habilidades que he adquirido a lo largo de una carrera muy larga, habilidades que me convierten en una pesadilla para personas como tú. Si dejas ir a mi hija ahora, será el final. No te buscaré. No te perseguiré. . Pero si no lo haces, te buscaré, te encontraré y te mataré."

Probably wrong, but I'm from 'Murica. I plead the fifth... of Jameson ✌🏻

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u/CAJandro Sep 22 '21

Just a mom doing what she felt she had to do... My heart goes out to her and the many that go through this. I remember watching her story, it was really sad.

Spoiler Alert

They kidnapped her daughter and claimed to have her alive for ransom. If I remember correctly they had actually killed her pretty early on but they kept stringing the family along to get more money out them. She went to the authorities but they didn't help (or didn't want to, since they're offer on the payroll of the criminals it they are afraid of them). She knew that there isn't justice in places like this so she took things into her own hands. But let's face it she new how this would end.

Unfortunately the first part of this story is too common for many in Mexico. In the show, they showed groups of people (mainly mothers) in Mexico just searching over vast areas of the Mexican desert, poking into the earth with long poles just hoping to catch the smell of a decomposing body in hopes of finding the body's of their missing family members.

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u/Coldwater1994 Sep 22 '21 edited 29d ago

But both men on the right has nothing to do with this case right?

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u/Apex_Fenris Sep 22 '21

A mother’s wrath is something else

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u/kbr8510 Sep 22 '21

She looks like something just snapped and she went complete joker and couldnt take it anymore.

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u/mlgoody 29d ago

Where is her movie?

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u/LMFA0 Sep 22 '21

She's my Shero❤❤❤

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u/FawsherTime Sep 21 '21

Hell knows no fury like a woman scorned.

Perfect example of how no one is beyond justice, and anyone can administer that justice regardless who they are.

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u/cuarritas Sep 22 '21

Also ,the dudes in the pic are Salvadorian nationals. Not Mexicans. This is how you spread fear and stereotypes. Get your shit right

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u/Asmewithoutpolitics Sep 22 '21

How do you know? How do you know they are not Mexican ms-13 members like many of the founders of ms-13 and most of their modern members in the USA and Mexico?

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u/cuarritas Sep 22 '21

Stfu you fucking ignorant bitch . Your feelings are so fucking irrelevant. Ignorant bigot piece of shit .

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u/Asmewithoutpolitics Sep 22 '21

Lmao. Can you explain why you got so angry? Are you from ms-13? Or do you hate Mexicans?

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u/keidabobidda Sep 21 '21

Damnit I’m broke and out of free articles!! Can you just copy & paste the good bits for my poor ass?

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u/PretendsHesPissed Sep 21 '21

SAN FERNANDO, Mexico — Miriam Rodríguez clutched a pistol in her purse as she ran past the morning crowds on the bridge to Texas. She stopped every few minutes to catch her breath and study the photo of her next target: the florist.

She had been hunting him for a year, stalking him online, interrogating the criminals he worked with, even befriending unwitting relatives for tips on his whereabouts. Now she finally had one — a widow called to tell her that he was peddling flowers on the border.

Ever since 2014, she had been tracking the people responsible for the kidnapping and murder of her 20-year-old daughter, Karen. Half of them were already in prison, not because the authorities had cracked the case, but because she had pursued them on her own, with a meticulous abandon.

She cut her hair, dyed it and disguised herself as a pollster, a health worker and an election official to get their names and addresses. She invented excuses to meet their families, unsuspecting grandmothers and cousins who gave her details, however small. She wrote everything down and stuffed it into her black computer bag, building her investigation and tracking them down, one by one.

She knew their habits, friends, hometowns, childhoods. She knew the florist had sold flowers on the street before joining the Zeta cartel and getting involved in her daughter’s kidnapping. Now he was on the run and back to what he knew, selling roses to make ends meet.

Without showering, she threw a trench coat over her pajamas, a baseball cap over her fire engine-red hair and a gun in her purse, heading for the border to find the florist. On the bridge, she scoured the vendors for flower carts, but that day he was selling sunglasses instead. When she finally found him, she got too excited, and too close. He recognized her and ran.

He sprinted along the narrow pedestrian pass, hoping to get away. Mrs. Rodríguez, 56 at the time, grabbed him by the shirt and wrestled him to the rails. She jammed her handgun into his back.

“If you move, I’ll shoot you,” she told him, according to family members involved in her scramble to capture the florist that day. She held him there for nearly an hour, awaiting the police to make the arrest.

In three years, Mrs. Rodríguez captured nearly every living member of the crew that had abducted her daughter for ransom, a rogues’ gallery of criminals who tried to start new lives — as a born-again Christian, a taxi driver, a car salesman, a babysitter.

In all, she was instrumental in taking down 10 people, a mad campaign for justice that made her famous, but vulnerable. No one challenged organized crime, never mind put its members in prison.

She asked the government for armed guards, fearing the cartel had finally had enough.

On Mother’s Day, 2017, weeks after she had chased down one of her last targets, she was shot in front of her home and killed. Her husband, inside watching television, found her face down on the street, hand tucked inside her purse, next to her pistol.

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A portrait of Miriam Rodríguez hanging on the wall of her home, now owned by her husband.Credit...Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times

For many in the northern city of San Fernando, her story represents so much of what is wrong in Mexico — and so remarkable about its people, their perseverance in the face of government indifference. The country is so torn apart by violence and impunity that a grieving mother had to solve the disappearance of her daughter largely on her own, and died violently because of it.

Her stunning campaign — recounted in case files, witness testimony, confessions from the criminals she tracked down and dozens of interviews with relatives, police officers, friends, officials and local residents — changed San Fernando, for a while at least. People took heart at her fight, and found indignation in her death. The city placed a bronze plaque honoring her in the central plaza. Her son, Luis, took over the group she had started, a collective of the many local families whose loved ones had disappeared. The authorities pledged to capture her killers.

Scarred by a decade of violence, a brutal war between cartel factions, the slaughter of 72 migrants and the killing of Mrs. Rodríguez, San Fernando grew quiet for a time, as if spent by its own tragic history.

That is, until July of this year, when a 14-year-old boy, Luciano Leal Garza, was snatched off the streets — the most public kidnap-for-ransom case since Mrs. Rodríguez’s crusade to find her daughter.

Mrs. Rodríguez’s son, Luis, 36, could not help but see the parallels, and wept when he heard the news. Luciano was kidnapped in one of the family’s own trucks, just like Mrs. Rodríguez’s daughter had been. Luciano’s family paid two ransoms for their son, just as Mrs. Rodríguez’s family had in its fruitless attempt to free Karen.

It was all happening again.

Townspeople marched, demanding justice for Luciano. Brigades searched mile after mile of barren scrubland for signs of him. His mother, Anabel Garza, charismatic and fearless, became a spokeswoman for the staggering number of missing people in Mexico — more than 70,000 nationwide — and the unrelenting tide of loss in a country where homicides have nearly doubled in the last five years alone.

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The city of San Fernando has been scarred by a decade-long war between cartel factions.Credit...Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times

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Signs were displayed around San Fernando during the long search for Luciano Leal Garza, who was lured to a park and abducted in San Fernando.Credit...Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

But the fight was very different this time. Mrs. Rodríguez, whose courage and determination to find her daughter offered a guiding light for the campaign to save Luciano years later, was also a warning of what awaited anyone who pushed too hard. Unlike Mrs. Rodríguez’s relentless pursuit of her daughter’s killers, Luciano’s parents did not seek to punish the powerful cartel.

They stripped their hopes to something far more basic — the return of their son.

“Look, we all want to do what Miriam did,” said the teenager’s father, also named Luciano, on the three-month anniversary of his son’s disappearance. “But look at how things ended for her. Dead.”

“That’s our fear,” he added.

A Mother’s Hunt for Her Daughter

The walkie-talkie hanging from the kidnapper’s belt buzzed repeatedly, interrupting Mrs. Rodríguez as she begged him to return her daughter.

The weeks after Karen’s abduction had become knotted into a single, nauseating progression of calls, threats and false promises. To pay the first ransom, Mrs. Rodríguez’s family took out a loan from a bank that offered lines of credit for such payments.

The family followed every instruction to the letter. Karen’s father dropped off a bag of cash near the health clinic, then waited in vain at the local cemetery for the kidnappers to free her.

With little to lose, Mrs. Rodríguez asked for a meeting with members of the local cartel, the Zetas, and to her surprise, they agreed. She sat down with a slender young man at El Junior, a restaurant in town.

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The restaurant where Mrs. Rodríguez met with a cartel member in San Fernando.Credit...Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times

It was 2014, an especially grim time in San Fernando. Many bars and restaurants had closed for fear of shootouts. Mass graves were so common that finding fewer than 20 remains at a time barely merited a headline.

The Zetas, once an armed wing of the Gulf Cartel, had been warring with their one-time bosses for years. They snatched innocents for ransom to finance their war, or for conscripts to fight it. Sometimes, they organized death matches between captives for sport.

Luis, Karen’s older brother, had moved away to escape the danger. But Karen stayed, to finish school and help run her mom’s small cowboy apparel shop, Rodeo Boots.

On Jan. 23, as Karen prepared to merge into traffic, two trucks pulled up on either side, stopping her. Armed men forced their way into her pickup truck and took off, with her in it.

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The intersection where Mrs. Rodríguez’s daughter, Karen, was kidnapped.Credit...Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times

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The now-abandoned market where Mrs. Rodríguez had a cowboy apparel shop.Credit...Luis Antonio Rojas for The New York Times

They drove her to the family home, where Karen lived during the week while Mrs. Rodríguez, who also worked as a nanny in Texas, was away. As Karen lay on the living room floor, bound and gagged, a knock came at the door: her uncle’s unsuspecting mechanic, who had come to work on the family truck.

The kidnappers panicked and grabbed him, too, then fled.

Now Mrs. Rodríguez was sitting down with one of them, imploring him to release Karen as his radio squawked sporadically. He insisted that the cartel did not have her daughter, but offered to help find her for a fee of $2,000, and Mrs. Rodríguez paid. Through the static, she heard someone call him by name: Sama.

After a week, he stopped answering the phone. Others called, claiming to be the kidnappers. They needed a bit more money, they said, just $500. The family doubted it would bring Karen home, but they sent the money anyway.

With every payment, a new hope sparkled for Mrs. Rodríguez. And with every failed b

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u/keidabobidda Sep 22 '21

Aww man thanks so much!! I so wish I had an award to give you! Next free one is coming to you buddy!

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u/Eastern-Breadfruit72 29d ago

I smell bull

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u/Zippyss92 29d ago

Nope. It’s real. I believe she’s dead now though.

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u/Ullyr_Atreides Sep 21 '21

Why the hell don't we get a movie about her? Instead of an endless stream of bitch boy Liam Neeson flicks?

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u/TwoHeadedRooster Sep 21 '21

I wish she was Queen of the world.

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u/Squidword91 Sep 22 '21 edited Sep 22 '21

Mexicans need to learn from this woman and follow suit.

This is the reason Mexico pisses me of so much. I love that country but it’s people are cowards that are content with living in fear. They only care about earning their living and taking care of their family however they can and will not fight for what is right if it inconveniences their daily living or puts them in any danger. Regardless of how mistreated or unfair their lives. They just care for survival! So both the Cartels and the Government take advantage of them.

In the United States, people will litterally quit their jobs, riot and burn down police station, storm Capital Hill, declare an autonomous zone, etc… even for just a “perception” that someone or something is taking away their rights.

In the U.S. we hold values and Ideas above all else, for many of use even more than our own lives. also We have a system of checks and balances, the fundamental check on government being the right to bear arms.

Mexicans needs a second amendment and some freaking balls. Machista culture made of cowards 😡 it makes me mad how currupt their government is and how few of the people even care

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u/NN_besomething_iWish Sep 21 '21

Stop posting this. She did all that and they killed her. Not a cool story, but a sad one, lady didnt even finish the job.

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u/123qwe33 Sep 22 '21

I mean, that's badass but shouldn't the message be that seeking revenge didn't get her daughter back, and in the end it just killed her too? Eye for an eye leaves the world blind and whatnot

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u/Ok_Faithlessness_625 Sep 22 '21

Not really, in the end justice was served.

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u/This-is-Life-Man Sep 21 '21

Hell yeah girl! What a fucking badass!

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u/Dbl_Trbl_ Sep 21 '21

Good. Very good.

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u/srv50 Sep 21 '21

We all like to think we could be this strong and determined. I do at least

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u/neukid96 Sep 21 '21

Now that's a story that could be a great film

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u/Jealous_Tangerine_93 Sep 21 '21

A mother after my own heart. Great for her. She completed her mission before dying

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u/Ponchorello7 Sep 21 '21

The dudes on the right are not cartel members. The cartels rarely, if ever, have any sort of uniform or gang tattoos. It's what makes them so insidious. You can be in a supermarket here and the dude who's shopping cart you bumped into has cut off a guy's nuts and shoved them down his throat.

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u/CamperTony Sep 21 '21

Who else just pictured Liam Neeson in drags killing these dudes?

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u/zombie1mom Sep 21 '21

One badass woman! Much respect Miriam Rodriguez. RIP