The Vigilante Protagonist of an Oscar-Nominated Drug War Movie Speaks From Jail
The documentary Cartel Land portrays José Manuel Mireles as a flawed hero who stood up to one of Mexico's most barbarous drug cartels, but who also succumbed to the temptation of abusing his new power.
We Talked to One of Mexico's Leading Vigilantes
The former leader of a group of vigilantes in Mexico has just been released from prison, and is now eyeing a career in politics. VICE News speaks with Hipólito Mora about life after his release.
More Bloodshed in Mexico: Activist Who Led Search Parties for the Missing 43 Is Shot Dead
Miguel Angel Jimenez had returned to his hometown, where he was shot in his taxi. Fifteen people were killed this weekend in Guerrero, and 20 were reportedly kidnapped.
Where Mexico’s Drug War Was Born: A Timeline of the Security Crisis in Michoacan
In December 2006, former Mexican president Felipe Calderon sent thousands of troops to Michoacan, fueling a tide of violence that has not abated. Here is what you need to know to understand the situation in Mexico's "hot land."
Mexico Releases Michoacan Vigilante Leader Involved in Fatal Gun Fight With Rival Militia
Hipólito Mora's December gun fight with his rival "El Americano" lasted two hours, leaving 11 dead, including his 32-year-old son. Mora's name is also being floated as a potential candidate for Congress.
Mexican 'Viceroy' Sent to Pacify Michoacan State Leaves Murky Legacy
Alfredo Castillo was sent to Michoacan one year ago, on personal orders from President Enrique Peña Nieto. Today, local cartel chief 'La Tuta' remains at large and self-defense militias are battling each other in fatal shootouts.