Narcos Mexico: the true story of the murder of an employee at the home of Carlos Salinas de Gortari

10/03/2020

"Narcos: Mexico" is a series that has captivated viewers, not only because of its plot but also because of its attachment to reality in terms of the names, characterizations and events that have occurred throughout history.

Carlos Salinas de Gortari: The Netflix series has the testimonies of dozens of characters who were protagonists of the events. (Credit: Netflix)
Carlos Salinas de Gortari: The Netflix series has the testimonies of dozens of characters who were protagonists of the events. (Credit: Netflix)

Among the many scenes that have been shown to the public, several occurred a few years ago. One of them is the murder of an employee at Carlos Salinas de Gortari's house, something that has shocked his followers.

But what was the crime based on? This is the true story of this event that stained the hands with the blood of three children.

"Narcos: Mexico" recreates the crime

The images show two children playing war in the garden of a mansion. One of them has a wooden sword and the other a real rifle. When they imagine that their enemies are retreating, the two decide to enter the room and, finding no one, they separate and search the entire house.

The minor who has a rifle goes to the second floor and after going through the kitchen and then through the dining room, he finds the maid cleaning some objects. Considering the teenager as the enemy of his game, he orders her to get up and walk. Both of them, together with the third minor, go down the stairs and into the living room.

Once there, they make her kneel down with her hands up and her back to them. While the other minor who has the sword tells her that she is "a spy for the enemy" and asks her in a low voice to say her part, the other minor points his weapon at her.

"Long live France", were the words of the young girl, who was immediately shot in the head. The boy who had the rifle succeeded in saying, "The hero killed her with one shot," after which he touched the maid's foot with the gun and told the other boy that his family would be angry because it was his mother's favorite rug.

To calm him down, he replies that, if the grown-ups ask him about what happened, he should let him speak. Then they both run to the second floor.

The real story of the murder

It was December 18, 1951, when a shot was heard in one of the houses on Palenque Street, in the Narvarte colony. Little Carlos (4), Raúl Salinas (5) and Gustavo Rodolfo Zapata (8) had murdered the housekeeper.

This event occurred when the three were playing war and decided to shoot Manuela, the 12-year-old teenager who worked in the house, with a 22-caliber rifle. On impact, the bullet pierced her left cheekbone and lodged in her head.

Although they had no idea what they had done, as they considered it a simple game, when another servant of the house identified as María Torres Garrido saw the body and scolded them and asked about what had happened, the children, full of satisfaction, answered: "We have already killed Manuela!

The mother of little Carlos and Raul said in her statement that that day, around 11:00 a.m., she had to go out and do some shopping, but left Manuela in the care of her children. She also said that the rifle was in her husband Raul Salinas' closet, where it would have been taken.

The other employee said that she did not realize what had happened until she saw the girl's body.

President of Mexico

Although his family was extremely zealous about this episode, they did not think that Carlos, the youngest of the children, would become the president of Mexico in the period 1988 - 1994, even though his term was marked by electoral fraud.

The election was held on July 6, 1988, the candidacy of Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas Solórzano had a great chance of assuming the presidency of the Republic of Mexico; however, on election night, the data released by the Federal Electoral Commission was interrupted in the computer system.

At 8:00 p.m. the same day, the candidates Manuel Clouthier, Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas Solórzano and Rosario Ibarra presented themselves at the headquarters of the Ministry of the Interior, denouncing the illegality of the process. In the days following the election, various demonstrations were held expressing discontent with the way the election was conducted.

The official result was 50 percent for Carlos Salinas, 31 percent for Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas and 17 percent for Manuel J. Clouthier.

The Electoral College of the Chamber of Deputies declared the elections valid and legitimate and Carlos Salinas was elected constitutional president on September 10, 1988.

During his mandate, parastatals such as Pemex, CFE, Telmex and the Mexican banking system were privatized, and the Free Trade Agreement was negotiated in 1993, despite the discontent of small entrepreneurs.

That same year, Luis Donaldo Colosio, a pre-candidate for the presidency of the PRI, was assassinated, and many pointed to Carlos Salinas as the intellectual author.

Who plays Carlos Salinas De Gortari in "Narcos"?

The former Mexican president appears in the series near the end of the second season, just when the situation becomes tense and Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo (Diego Luna) has to bet everything on Carlos Salinas de Gortari to win the elections, something that in the end happens.

When the character who plays him in "Narcos: Mexico" makes his appearance, many noticed the great physical similarity with the ex-mandatory. And although at no moment do they say his name, it is understood that it is him.

The person who gives life to Salinas is Mexican actor Adolfo Madera, who has a notable career participating in films and television series, said the Sensacine website.

Actors and characters from season 2 of "Narcos: Mexico"

Aaron Staton plays Butch Sears

Alejandro Edda plays Joaquin 'Chapo' Guzman

Alfonso Dosal plays Benjamín Arellano Félix

Alyssa Diaz plays Mika Camarena

Fernanda Urrejola plays Maria Elvira

Gerardo Taracena plays Pablo Acosta

Guillermo Villegas plays Sammy Álvarez

Jackie Earle Haley plays Jim Ferguson

José María Yazpik plays Amado Carrillo Fuentes

Source: El Comercio