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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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  • Ep. 1: The Takeover

    May 3 2018
    [Contains sensitive content] Once a sleepy, well-to-do town on the border with Texas, how had Allende become a stronghold for the notoriously brutal Zetas cartel? Residents and lawmakers relive the town's terrifying takeover, enforced by the cartel's gunmen and local police-turned-henchmen. Former Zetas operatives reveal how they asserted power not just in Allende, but the entire region on the Mexico-US border.
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    28 mins
  • Ep. 2: The Operation

    May 3 2018
    [Contains sensitive content] Months before the massacre, the DEA launched “Operation Too Legit to Quit." It was aimed at stopping cocaine traffickers in Texas, but it led to the leaders of the Zetas cartel and a key piece of intelligence in Mexico. Hear the DEA agent and federal prosecutor at the center of that development explain how it happened - and from the cartel operatives who were their target.
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    21 mins
  • Ep. 3: The Leak

    May 3 2018
    [Contains sensitive content] U.S. officials begin to strategize over their next steps with the new intelligence. And then, a rash decision is made -- the trackable cell phone numbers they obtained for two top cartel members get shared with Mexico. And suddenly, the operation begins to unravel and violence erupts.
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    24 mins

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Must Listen Horrific Tale of Cartel Barbarism

Oof, what I can I say? This was an intense story about what happened when the Zetas, a notoriously violent drug cartel came to a 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 their telling the stories of the 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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This story is on Netflix.

This is a series on Netflix but in Spanish. Closed caption in English. I watched all seasons and episodes and it was very good and is consistent with this podcast. They did a good job casting the cartel members. the photographs of the real person was shown at the end and that was on point. This is a true story lots of drama and violence and corruption.

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It wasn’t good or bad

It tells you from the start how it’s going to blame the federal government and it ultimately does blame them. Problem is they’re trying to blame the federal government for all the problems and not wanting to admit that this problem was here before the DEA screwed up. The logic in the writing isn’t really there...

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Dope Story Quality Audio

Well thought out storytelling and quality audio. Definitely worth the subscription price. Access to content like this is why I am an Audible member

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Mesmerizing

Very well told and just heartbreaking. I remember hearing about the missing people but not much more. I can’t imagine living with the memory of the massacre

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Awesome!

This is an AMAZING Series! Are there anymore series like this? And if so what are the names or how can I find them?

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All the characters make this a great listen

I truly enjoy this story. Have listened to this at least 7 times, you won’t regret it!

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Horrible story but necessary

This was a tough listen because of the content. However, Americans should know the consequences of our drug use both nationally and internationally. I took one star away for the narrator, she just talked really slow, I don't know, it rubbed me the wrong way.

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More like this!

Absolutely loved this style of investigative reporting. Straight forward, informative, and without a lot of added drama and sound effects.
Great voice performances and background music add to the entire story.

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Wow!

What an excellent telling of the massacre that happened in Allende, Mexico. You think you know how drug cartels and trafficking works until you hear about it or are a victim of it.

My heart goes out to all those who lost their lives and their families over something so senseless as drug trafficking. Drug trafficking is real, carteles are real, but none of it is necessary.

The thing that really stuck out to me was the line “Mexico es 100 por ciento corrupto.”