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Buried Secrets: A True Story of Drug Running, Black Magic, and Human Sacrifice

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  75 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Mark Kilroy went to Matamoros to enjoy a south-of-the-border spring break, but what the young college student found in Mexico was a grisly death. Pulitzer Prize-winner Edward Humes draws on exclusive access to the principals in the case and DEA materials to recreate this compelling, national headline-grabbing horror. 16 pages of never-before-seen photographs.
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published February 1st 1991 by Dutton Books
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Feb 03, 2009 Hotavio rated it really liked it
A book documenting the mass sacrificial murders on the border [and Mexico City:] in the late 80s. Buried Secrets is a mostly ghastly account of a few of the Palo Mayombe cult members and the officers who led the hunt for these perverse fugitives. Atrocities committed ranged from rape to mutilation, accompanied by the occassional drug deal.

The book reads quickly and is as shamefully fascinating as a bad car wreck. The evil of cult leader Adolfo Costanzo is felt by all who cross his path and almo
May 30, 2008 Randy rated it it was amazing
Best book by far on the Mark Kilroy case.
Jul 20, 2016 Sarenna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, crime
I rarely read books on true crime, but since I've gotten into a reading funk because I'm tired of the same old story lines, I decided to try reading a completely different genre.

I have a hard time saying this was a "good" book. How can a book about real-life murder be "good?" I will say, however, that this book was fascinating, well researched, and incredibly disturbing.

Humes does an excellent job of remaining neutral narrating the events of the disturbing El Padrino murder rituals. While some o
Sep 29, 2009 Shirley rated it it was amazing
One of the most fact based books I have ever read. It reveals the truths behind the "Santeria" religions and its many faces. Here it speaks of the Dark side of Santeria. The "Palo Mayombe". (Palo meaning branch or stick.) (Mayombe meaning Mysteries of the spirits.) Originating from the African Congo this practice/belief is one of the most feared and powerful form of "Black Magic". Brought to the new world through the salve trade. It is striking to the reader that such practices still take place ...more
Sami Koskinen
Dec 06, 2015 Sami Koskinen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stranger than fiction: black magic, cult, drug deals and corruption.
Robert Breeze
Mar 30, 2015 Robert Breeze rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Meticulously Researched

Very long, but very well researched, "Buried Secrets" gives the history and bloody ending of the El Padrino killing spree that utilized black magic and human sacrifices in Mexico. Hard to imagine such violence, so if you are in the least bit squeamish this book may not be for you. It's almost hard to believe this case was ever cracked between U.S. and Mexican authorities and inter-departmental backstabbing. I've always heard Mexican justice was an oxymoron, but the U.S. go
Nov 23, 2011 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime, craziness
Not a bad read. The author took the trouble to do extensive research, and the result is perhaps a little more information on mumbo-jumbo and weird-ass religion than the reader really wants to know. Worthy of note is the fact that the "narcosatanicos" were not the only frightening group in Mexico; the various law enforcement agencies are even scarier, if that's possible. There probably isn't an Archbishop in the world they couldn't torture into a confession of satanism. Bad people on both sides o ...more
Dec 18, 2008 Carla rated it it was amazing
This book was very graphic and probably isn't for the faint of heart. It follows the lives of some very sick and what I consider insane individuals, illuminating the dangers of life on the boarder between the US and Mexico and the drug and cult involvement of those individuals. Kidnapping, rituals, murder, and terror are all prominate parts of this book and a darker existance is hard to imagine.
Emily Tate
Apr 14, 2016 Emily Tate rated it it was amazing
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Incredibly written: the narrative is engrossing and the story morbidly fascinating. This is a well-researched piece that pays attention to detail and explores not just the story of Adolfo Constanzo, but also provides in-depth information pertaining to life on the border.
Aug 19, 2016 Fishface rated it it was amazing
An excellent study of the Matamoros murders from many angles -- the vicissitudes of the police, the motivations of the killers and their dupes, the interpretations of the families who lost someone to the drug gang.
Jan 25, 2009 Jennifer rated it really liked it
I have FINALLY finished this book. It was very intersting, though took me what felt like forever to finish.
Jan 27, 2010 Thomas rated it it was amazing
Shelves: true-crime
Probably the most terrifying true crime book I've read. Check it out, and tremble at the horror of the Naganga!
Ronnie Cramer
Interesting but overly long account of a series of grisly ritual murders carried out in Mexico in the 1980s.
Sep 23, 2012 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
I absolutely could not lay it down.
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Edward Humes, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, is the author of nine books of nonfiction, most recently, Monkey Girl: Evolution, Education, Religion, and the Battle for Americas Soul and Over Here: How the G.I. Bill Transformed the American Dream. His next book, "Eco Barons: The Dreamers, Schemers, and Millionaires Who Are Saving Our Planet," will be out next year."
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