Mexican drug cartel forced killers to eat their victims' hearts

se comen corazones humanos ThinkstockThere are things going on in Mexico related to drug cartels that are so horrifying, I don't want to believe they are true, but denying the horrors doesn't make them untrue. At the moment, my soul hurts after finding out that some new recruits to the cartel La Familia Michoacana and another group called the Knights Templar were made to eat the hearts of victims the cartel had murdered. This isn't just some crazy cannibalism rumor either.

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The federal security commissioner for Michoacán, Alfredo Castillo, told media, "The ritual ranged from dismembering people they intended to kill to sometimes serving up the heart." He made it clear that this savagery wasn't some kind of everyday ritual that happens all the time, but that it has happened several times.

The information came from witnesses, but of course Castillo is not naming names. Can you imagine if he did? I'm sure the informants would not be safe. Ugh, they probably don't feel safe now.

The purpose of making recruits eat the hearts of victims or dismember live people as some kind of barbaric initiation ritual seems to be a way to make them prove their loyalty and to flush out any infiltrators. It's come to cannibalism?

What I want to know is how do you go from eating a human heart or disremembering a live person back to "normal" life? How do you go home and kiss your kids or mother or wife or girlfriend? How do you not lose your own heart and humanity after doing something so incredibly awful, so disgusting that the mere thought of it makes most people gag.

Both of the groups accused of cannibalism were created by Nazario Moreno who had been mistakenly declared dead by the government in 2010, but actually died last year in March. This is some kind of horrific legacy he's left behind.

May Mexico find peace soon.

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Topics: mexican cartels  crime  cannibalism