If you’ve watch FX’s The Bridge — and you should, as after a slow start, it’s gotten really good — you know what a dangerous place Mexico’s Ciudad Juárez is, especially for women. The serial killer at the center of the series may be fictional, but the sexual crimes are not. Between 1993 and 2003, were over 400 murders of women in Juarez, with many of the bodies being dumped into ditches, and few behind the murders were ever found, perhaps because — as many in Juarez believe — the police and high-profile citizens of the city were behind the murders. In fact, Juárez averages 8 HOMICIDES A DAY.
That is staggering.
One woman, however, has had enough. Her name is Diana, Huntress of Bus Drivers.
The woman allegedly dresses in black, has unusually blond hair, and she kills bus drivers who sexually assault women.
From the Los Angeles Times:
In a place like Ciudad Juarez, known for its years of brutal killings of women, the story has inexorable appeal. But how much of it is true?
Authorities are taking the reports seriously enough to investigate and have posted undercover cops on buses. Women’s advocates say they wouldn’t be surprised if someone finally had taken long-denied justice into her own hands.
Two bus drivers were slain in the last week, and over the weekend an electronic message claiming responsibility was sent to several news outlets.
“You think because we are women we are weak, and maybe we are,” the message says. “But only to a certain point…. We can no longer remain quiet over these acts that fill us with rage.
“And so, I am an instrument who will take vengeance.”
Signed: Diana, Huntress of Bus Drivers
Obviously, we don’t encourage superhero vigilantism, but in a place like Juarez, where murders run rampant, where women are sexually assaulted on an hourly basis, where the morgues are filled to capacity, and where the police apparently aren’t doing enough, real or not, Diana, Huntress of Bus Drivers — or her legend — will hopefully at least put the fear in those bus drivers who might consider sexually assaulting one of their passengers. The rape and tortured bodies of women last seen seen boarding a bus is inexcusable, but then, so is shooting bus drivers in the back of the head, especially if those bus drivers are not part of the problem.
What a complicated, f**ked up city to live in, and FX’s The Bridge might take note of Diana when they crack the storylines for season two.