This 20-Year-Old Is a Suspect in 79 Murders

Juan Pablo Vazquez was arrested earlier this month

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 28, 2013 9:03 AM CDT

(Newser) – He's just 20 years old, but Juan Pablo Vazquez is believed to have killed 79 people ... at least. Reuters reports that Vazquez was nabbed this month in northern Mexico, and has since confessed to having a hand in 45 murders; he is being investigated in connection with another 34 that other cartel members have pinned on him. Security officials believe most of the homicides were committed in 2012, and if the word that comes to mind about all this is "shocking," well, CNN has news for you: Officials don't find his arrest "shocking."

That's because Monterrey has been battered by drug cartels (Vazquez is reported to be a member of the Gulf cartel) in recent years, with an average of 108 people killed monthly in the state of Nuevo Leon, meaning Vazquez isn't necessarily the worst killer they've encountered. Vazquez may not have actually killed all 79; one official said that in some cases, a number of shooters—including, allegedly, Vazquez—fired at the intended targets. CNN lists a few of the people Vazquez is believed to have killed. On the list: a traffic cop who pulled him over and eight "rivals" who were at a bar. (Earlier this month, the notorious former leader of another cartel was assassinated ... by a clown.)

Juan Pablo Vazquez.
Juan Pablo Vazquez.   (WorldTopNews)
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