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The Making of a Massacre


Written by: Ginger Thompson
Narrated by: Ginger Thompson
Genres: Podcasts | Criminals | True Life
Published: 3rd of May, 2018
Length: 2 Hours 10 Minutes


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[Contains sensitive content] On a warm evening in a small Mexican border town, men and women started disappearing. Local officials were warned to stay away and when it was all done, up to 200 people were gone.

The Making of a Massacre is five-part true story detailing how well-intentioned efforts to curtail the drug trade by the US and Mexican governments had devastating effects. Led by ProPublica’s award-winning journalist Ginger Thompson and featuring true to life performances by notable actors Cheech Marin, Danny Trejo, Alana del la Garza, Clifton Collins Jr. and Snow Tha Product, listeners will hear how a town was caught in the crossfire of the drug war.

When you add Making of a Massacre to your library you will receive all 5 episodes, each with a runtime of approximately 25 minutes.


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Morgan Hobbes Morgan Hobbes


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Reviewed: 2020-08-03

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Must Listen Horrific Tale of Cartel Barbarism and Government Corruption and Incompetence
Oof, what I can I say? This was an intense story about what happened when the Zetas, a notoriously violent drug cartel came to Allende, a town on the border between Mexico and the US. Before this, I only really knew about the horrors inflicted by the cartels as the occasional news story or what I've seen on TV shows... but I don't think I've ever sat and listened to stories as told by the civilians on the ground.

As told by the survivors of the horrors that the Zetas rained down upon the citizens. The brutality of what happened, the incompetence and corruption of law enforcement and government that lead to hundreds of innocents - as young as 7 months old - killed and burned to ash.

Many stories were translated and voiced by professional actors - Cheech Marin, Danny Trejo, Alana del la Garza, Clifton Collins Jr. and Snow Tha Product - and you could be forgiven for thinking you're listening to a work of fiction before realising they're telling the stories of real people.

A thoroughly engaging listen, and I found myself wishing there was so much more. The 25-minute episodes flew by, but I could easily imagine there being enough for many more hours.

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