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article imageMexican woman takes credit for killing two men accused of rape

By John Sevigny     Sep 1, 2013 in World
Juarez - In an open letter to a Mexican newspaper, a Juarez woman has taken credit for killing two city bus drivers accused of sexual assault.
In the letter published by La Jornada and signed by "Juana la Vengadora," which translates roughly into Juana the Revenge Taker, the writer says she killed the men because police do little to protect women.
She promised to continue her campaign of violence against "degenerates."
According to police, two bus drivers were killed by a woman last week in Juarez in separate, but similar, incidents. Both men were shot to death by a light-skinned woman dressed in black who in each case boarded the bus and opened fire on the driver, Mexico City magazine, Proceso, reported.
In the letter, "Juana the Vengeful" accuses bus divers of raping women who worked at Juarez factories at night.
"My co-workers and I suffer in silence but we cannot be silent anymore," the letter, written in Spanish, reads in part. "We were victims of sexual violence by bus drivers who work the night shift ... I am an instrument to avenge many women who appear weak to society, but who in reality are brave."
Police are currently looking for the woman responsible for the slayings. She is described as being in her 50s.
Juarez, on Mexico's border with Texas, has long been a dangerous city for women, particularly those who commute to and from factory jobs through sprawling slums and vast, industrial parks along mega-highways leading to El Paso. Over the course of a decade beginning in the 1990s, hundreds of women were murdered and most of those cases remain unsolved.
Many of the victims were young factory workers with no known ties to organized crime, The New York Times reported in June 2012.
“It’s a more vulnerable group,” Hector Hawley, a Juarez forensics specialist who investigates crime scenes, told The New York Times. “These are not people we expect to see killed.”
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