If you live long enough and travel far enough, many of the things your mother warned you about will come true. I’ve started writing my memoir, and I realize my mother couldn’t have known about most of the things I’ve encountered. While mother told me it wasn’t polite to urinate in a public pool, she didn’t tell me not to pee in the rivers of Central and South America. I didn’t do that, but a friend did, and a tiny matchstick-sized catfish swam up his urethra and anchored itself there with sharp barbs. What I learned from his misfortune was if you must pee in a river in the jungle… You’d better be wearing a tight bathing suit.
However I’ve learned, firsthand, something our mothers never knew, and most of our government and the media doesn’t want us to know.
Last night a friend said she’d heard great things about Costa Rica; how it wasn’t too touristy, and it hadn’t been overdeveloped. I’ve been hearing that for 30 years since my business partner’s son, Joseph, bought a butterfly farm there. It’s been developed… There are five star resorts and luxury homes on private golf courses you can buy, and it’s those very developers who’re advertising for tourists to come. My friend’s comment reminded me about Lake Atitlan in northeastern Guatemala, a “not too touristy place” popular with lots of tourists. Recently the naked body of a young English woman was found there. She’d been brutally murdered. Guatemala’s violent crime rate is one of the highest in Latin America.
There are horrific reasons why so many people from Mexico and Central America want to leave their country.
I know, firsthand, about the evil that lurks in Guatemala. It’s a big part of the memoir I’m writing… My involuntary time in the jungle… I’ve seen the Devil up close and personal. There are thousands of them. They’re well organized and financed, and they have no conscience or moral code. NONE!
You may think you’re driving on a road through a peaceful green jungle, off to see one of Guatemala’s Mayan ruins, or to go on a trendy Eco-tour, but hear me! What you don’t see may kill you. It almost killed me and that was in 1988, and it’s only gotten worse. By the time you realize you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time, it may be too late. And no one in Guatemala and few in the United States want to publicize this. It doesn’t fit their financial and political agenda.
Much of Guatemala is jungle and the jungle is the perfect cover for some of the most dangerous and sophisticated criminal organizations in Mexico, Central and South America. THEY’RE RUTHLESS, active members of the Guatemalan government, police, military and intelligence agencies, and yes…
Many of the illegal immigrant caravans, streaming toward our border, are financed by the same men. These same men are also part of the caravan so they can set up headquarters and transport locations in the U.S. for their kidnapping, human trafficking and adoption rings, extortion, money laundering, arms smuggling and the huge quantity of drugs THEY GROW (poppies which are the base for opium, heroin, morphine) in the jungle and smuggle into the U.S. Make no mistake: They are organized crime in the most monstrous sense of the term.
While the caravans are a sad example of human suffering, we cannot leave our doors open for the evil traveling with them and exploiting them to come into our homes.
Before I started writing my memoir, I told less than a handful of people what happened to me. Perhaps I survived so I could become more educated and aware of what’s happening in this part of the world and could warn you.
My best advice is to stay out of Guatemala and… With your votes, phone calls and emails… Tell your elected representatives YOU EXPECT THEM TO UPHOLD THE CURRENT BORDER LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES. Our lives and our way of life depends on it. Do not be Pollyanna and think everything will be okay if we have unchecked open borders.