Torture, prison and death. The fate of 'El Chapo' Guzmán women
This was the fate of the women who were a couple of the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, persecution, torture, prison and even death.
Being a couple of the most famous capo in the world means having a place in criminal history, but in many cases, it also means having to pay a high price.
If there is one characteristic that defines the Mexican Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán, it is that of being an extremely womanizing man. Not for nothing the criminologist Monica Ramirez, who had the opportunity to interview him on different occasions, described him as a man "addicted to women".
Before the criminologist formally recognized 10 couples, of which, some had very unfavorable outcomes: they were arrested or are under the watch of the highest spheres of the US police, although there was also a case in which one of his girlfriends was brutally tortured before dying.
Zulema and 'El Chapo' Guzmán, love between the prison bars that ended in tragedy
Her body appeared in the trunk of a car on December 17, 2008, the prints indicated that before she was killed she was tortured and it shows the zeta letters that marked her breasts, her back, her abdomen, and her buttocks.
Her name was Zulema Yulia Hernández, a former inmate who during her stay in the high-security prison of Puente Grande, in the state of Jalisco, had been the lover of the world's most famous drug trafficker, Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera.
There are different versions about her death, but the most commented is that she was killed by the Cartel de los Zetas, which at that time disputed territories to Guzmán Loera and that is why her body was marked (with the letter Z).
Those who know the subject agree, is that Zulema's love for the capo was never in doubt, despite the fact that their romance lasted while Guzmán Loera was in the same jail and that in the end, he used her as a kind of "gift" to other inmates of Puente Grande, the prison from which he fled for the first time on January 19, 2001.
Lucero Sánchez, the 'Chapodiputada'
Known as the 'Chapodiputada', she was unleashed from the Chamber of Deputies of the Congress of the Union, on June 13, 2017, before a process against her for the crime of forgery of documents.
This, because supposedly she used a false voter's credential, in the name of Devany Vianey Villatoro Pérez, with whom she allegedly visited 'El Chapo' in 2014 when he was held in the Federal Center for Social Readaptation (Cefereso) No. 1 of ' The Altiplano ', before his escape occurred in June 2015.
She was arrested in the United States in June 2017, after crossing to ask for asylum in this country.
Sánchez, who said she met Guzmán in 2010, became a legislator in Sinaloa. While she was seeing him, Guzmán was married to Emma Coronel, with whom he has two daughters.
Lucero Guadalupe Sánchez reported during the capo trial the romantic relationship that she maintained while buying marijuana for him at the same time.
María Alejandrina Salazar Hernández, the real wife of 'Chapo'
El Chapo "and María Alejandrina would have married in Culiacán, Sinaloa when Guzmán Loera was 20 and she was 19 years old.
They both married in 1977 and procreated Iván Archivaldo, Jesús Alfredo, Alejandrina Giselle, and César Guzmán Salazar
Jesus Alfredo, better known as El Alfredito, is on the list of the most wanted by the DEA.
The United States included her in its list of people with whom it is forbidden to do any kind of business. María Alejandrina was singled out for participating in the money laundering network of the Sinaloa Cartel.
Griselda Guadalupe López, the second wife
Griselda married El Chapo in the mid-eighties. With her, he had four children: Joaquín, who is known to have studied business administration; Édgar, executed in 2008 in Culiacán; Ovidio and Griselda Guadalupe.
López Pérez, who also calls herself Karla Pérez Rojo, was arrested in Mexico in 2010 because her financial records showed income higher than that reported to the Treasury, but she was released after giving her statement to the public prosecutor.
Emma Coronel, the current woman of 'El Chapo'
She is the current wife of the capo and since her rise to fame, she has excelled because of her particular style and her unconditional support for the drug trafficker.
She was born on July 2, 1989, in California, but it was in Mexico where she grew up.
Until the age of 17, her life was like that of any other young woman. But things changed forever after she was crowned Queen of the Coffee and Guava Festival, drawing the attention of Joaquín Guzmán.
Although she had a boyfriend back then, El Chapo was conquering her with "details" and, finally, she "fell in love". Being 18 years old he married Guzmán Loera, who then had 52. Four years later, her twin daughters María Joaquina and Emalí Guadalupe were born in the United States. A remarkable feature of Emma is that she has patiently endured each of the scandals that have linked her husband to other women.
Until recently, she had been cleared of all the accusations that her husband had been adjudicated in a New York court, but on Wednesday, January 23, she was accused of participating in serious crime for the first time. Dámaso López Núñez, aka El Licenciado, said that the former beauty queen helped coordinate the Chapo escape from the Altiplano Prison in July 2015.
The former partner of the Sinaloa cartel leader said that Emma gave him "instructions" to outwit the authorities of the Altiplano penitentiary, from where he escaped through a tunnel that led to his cell. According to his statement, Colonel spoke with the other cartel members to coordinate the escape and could even have infiltrated the prison with a GPS watch to guide the diggers.
The story of how loving El Chapo ended up in a cell for the mentally ill in a maximum-security men's prison
Of the long list of wives, girlfriends and lovers of the Mexican drug lord, little is said about the woman with whom he was arrested in 1993.
In June 1993, Mexican authorities were celebrating the arrest in Guatemala of Joaquín el Chapo Guzmán Loera, then a potential drug trafficker who was part of the Sinaloa Cartel's ringleaders.
Guzmán Loera was arrested along with five other people, including a woman. Although it was known at the time that his official partner was Estela López García, in Guatemala he was accompanied by María del Rocío del Villar Becerra, who was identified as the drug trafficker's girlfriend and was accused of probable responsibility in the commission of the crime against health, in the form of cocaine possession and the psychotropic drug known as Diazepam.
At the time, Guzmán Loera was wanted for the murder of Cardinal Juan Jesús Posadas Ocampo, on May 24 of that year at the Guadalajara airport, who lost his life in a crossfire between the organized crime groups of the Arellano Félix brothers from Tijuana and the Sinaloa Cartel.
The spectacular nature of what was Chapo's first capture took the attention away from his accomplices, including the woman who can be briefly seen in a video of the time when she and the other detainees pass behind Guzmán Loera as he is presented to the media.
On page 154 of her book Los señores del narco, journalist Anabel Hernández devotes a small space to the woman, who, she says, is originally from Aguamilpa, in the state of Nayarit, where El Chapo then had a center of operations.
Little is also known about her life, except that in April 1994, a mission of representatives of various human rights organizations discovered that María del Rocío was the only woman in the maximum-security prison of Almoloya de Juárez, where El Chapo and other of the country's most dangerous criminals were being held.
In reporting on the visit of this commission, the magazine Proceso published that María del Rocío was locked up in a cell that was formerly used for mentally ill people. Although she was guarded by guards the whole time, she told the visitors that she hardly spoke to anyone or left her cell, where she spent most of her time reading.
She had just finished open primary school and was preparing for high school. She said that studying was the only thing that motivated her. "In my house, my father did not allow me to study; here I can do it and that makes me feel a little better.
Although she said she was treated well in prison, she said she felt "very lonely" because her family did not have money to visit her.
Her name appears in the journal of the House of Representatives debates of June 24, 1993, when the system of maximum security prisons in Mexico was discussed. During the session, it was pointed out that Rocio had been unjustly confined in a men's prison.
"It constitutes a violation of human rights and of the constitutional norms set forth in Article 18 of the Magna Carta, which states 'Women shall serve their sentences in places other than those designated for men'.
"To this end, as a woman and as a member of parliament, I demand the investigation of this violation and its immediate reparation. It is not feasible to fight crime with a crime, nor to substitute rationality with an absurd and arbitrary exercise of public force," said then legislator Luisa Alvarez Cervantes.
When he was captured, Chapo's idea was to continue towards El Salvador, where he would have to dispatch a shipment of cocaine to the United States and buy assault rifles, according to a report by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). However, he was arrested and handed over to Mexico.
Later, from Almoloya, El Chapo was transferred to the maximum security prison in Puente Grande, Jalisco, where he met Zulema Hernández, another woman who was on his list of lovers. María del Rocío was already behind him.
He had a long relationship with Zulema that lasted while they were both imprisoned in Puente Grande, even conceiving a child, but Zulema had a miscarriage.
Like María del Rocío, the drug trafficker left Zulema behind when he escaped from prison in 2001. However, when she was released, he made sure they would remain in touch, and even that relationship cost him his life, as she was found dead with traces of torture and with the letter Z marked on different parts of her body, a message from the Zetas Cartel, rivals of the Sinaloa Cartel.