The Black Hand: The Bloody Rise and Redemption of "Boxer" Enriquez, a Mexican Mob Killer

The Black Hand: The Bloody Rise and Redemption of "Boxer" Enriquez, a Mexican Mob Killer

Chris Blatchford

Language: English

Pages: 368

ISBN: 0061944181

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

THE BLACK HAND is the true story of Rene Enriquez, aka "Boxer," and his rise in a secret criminal organization, a new Mafia, that already has a grip on all organized crime in California and soon all of the United States. This Mafia is using a base army of an estimated 60,000 heavily armed, loyal Latino gang members, called Surenos, driven by fear and illicit profits. They are the most dangerous gang in American history and they wave the flag of the Black Hand.

Mafioso Enriquez gives an insider′s view of how he devoted his life to the cause--the Mexican Mafia, La Familia Mexicana, also known as La Eme--only to find betrayal and disillusionment at the end of a bloody trail of violence that he followed for two decades.

And now, award-winning investigative journalist Chris Blatchford, with the unprecedented cooperation of Rene Enriquez, reveals the inner workings, secret meetings, and elaborate murder plots that make up the daily routine of the Mafia brothers. It is an intense, never-before-told story of a man who devoted his life to a bloody cause only to find betrayal and disillusionment.

Based on years of research and investigation, Chris Blatchford has delivered a historic narrative of a nefarious organization that will go down as a classic in mob literature.

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ninety minutes a day at the walled-in, doggy-walk recreation yard. Bodies that don’t take advantage of the exercise time atrophy as quickly as the minds that watch TV all day. Plus, a visit to the rec area is the only chance an SHU inmate gets to look up at an open sky, usually a cloudy one in a frequently rain-soaked Crescent City. Those minutes of looking toward the heavens through a wire-mesh screen are the only connection to the great outdoors. The afternoons are like the mornings, and the

stand it anymore and you dropped.” There were trips to the Colorado River, where he partied with and screwed biker babes, hippie chicks, and surfer girls. “Girls would have sex with you at the drop of a hat.” Sometimes he even traded in his cholo outfit for a Hawaiian surfer shirt, sandals, and jeans. He went to rock concerts and listened to ZZ Top, Peter Frampton, Ted Nugent, Santana, Heart, Led Zeppelin, and Pink Floyd. He stayed out late at night and got up around midmorning. Whoever had a

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He was locked down in a Security Housing Unit (SHU) at Pelican Bay State Prison and was not allowed to take photos of himself. Rene wanted to send some relatively recent pictures to his family members. I complied with his request and joked that the courtroom photos looked better than mug shots. He quickly sent me a thank-you note, saying, “You’re right, they sure beat mug shots.” A happy face was sketched right next to the comment. In the following years, I received a Christmas card from Pelican

insane or what? Canicas had delivered the severed finger to the “trusted confidante” in a plastic bag. On first sight, it looked like one of those toy gag fingers sold at a magic-novelty store—only this was the real thing. It scared the hell out of them. Boxer congratulated Canicas for “keeping the fear of the Eme on the streets.” No one was exempt from disciplinary action. Lorie was a meth dealer who was once married to Boxer’s older brother Marc. She started causing some problems with the

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