Doubts expressed about “Mexican pirates” murder on Falcon Lake;
Also, how the rare lie by a white about a nonwhite violent crime is different from the frequent black hoaxes about white hate crimes

The other day I wrote about the murder of David Hartley by Mexican criminals on the Mexican side of Lake Falcon in Texas and the escape of his wife Tiffany.

James N. writes:

I’m suspicious about this one.

Remember the case of Charles Stuart? He killed his wife and said she had been shot in the head by a black carjacker near the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston.

I had just moved to Boston, and I found the story implausible. Although native Bostonians were all very vigilant re: black crime, the event Stuart described had never happened before (or since) in Boston, especially in the neighborhood he claimed it did. My Brooklyn spidey sense had never so much as had a tingle there, so I called him a liar.

A month later, after the police had become suspicious of him, he killed himself and left a confession.

This story (the husband being shot in the back of the head by “pirates”) makes no sense. For Americans, and especially locals, concerned about illegal immigration and crime, it seems like the nightmares they must be having.

But, like Stuart’s story, we have to recognize that the usual beneficiary of a spouse’s murder is—the other spouse.

Don’t be surprised if this story starts to fall apart as time goes by.

LA replies:

I’m glad you mentioned Charles Stuart, because after Bethany Storro admitted to police that her story about a black woman throwing acid in her face was false and that she had thrown acid in her own face, I wanted to talk about the two big earlier false stories like that. One was the Stuart story from so many years ago, but I couldn’t remember his name; the other was about that woman who drowned her children in her car and tried to cover it up by saying that a black man had kidnapped her children. What was her name?

The point I would make is that these cases are not the same as the hate crime hoaxes by blacks that we have all the time. In the latter, the intention is to concoct stories that indict whites as race haters, in order to advance the liberal and black view that whites are racists. But in the three instances I know of in which a white person made up a story about black violence, the liar’s motive was to construct an alibi for an actual crime that the liar had committed. In each case, the white person concocted a fictitious black criminal because he thought, based on the actual ubiquity of black violent crime, that such a story would be believed and would work as a cover for his own crime, not because he had a program against blacks.

James N. writes:

Her name was Susan Smith.

The key to the Charles Stuart case was that his story was believable because of preconceptions about blacks in that area of Boston.

It was an amazingly effective lie, because people were prepared to believe it, even though it had never happened before (wife shot in head, husband/witness left alive, no motive).

If this case turns out to be an insurance fraud or a black widow case, the perp selected illegal aliens and Mexican “pirates” because people in that part of Tejas are rightly afraid of them. Rightly afraid, even though this specific act is without precedent and has competing explanations (spousal murder, fraud) which happen every day.

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James R. writes:

I have to wonder why Mexican Pirates went after this couple in the first place, if they did. A couple of weeks ago I saw the 1951 Montgomery Clift / Elizabeth Taylor movie A Place in the Sun (based on Theodore Dreiser’s novel An American Tragedy), and in it a murder plot takes place where George Eastman (Clift) takes his pregnant girlfriend Alice Tripp (Shelly Winters) out on lake for a “fishing trip” in a rented boat, intending to drown her.

This tale immediately reminded me of that. Of course, in the movie Clift has second thoughts and ultimately his girlfriend’s death really is an accident. So, who knows, the “Mexican pirate” story could be true. But it isn’t outrageous to doubt it.

Scott C. writes:

James N.’s suspicions are not without reason. Wives kill their husbands all the time. However, comparing this case to that of Charles Stuart is inexact.

In the Stuart case, what he alleged had never happened before in Boston. In this case, what Tiffany Hartley is alleging has been happening here with regularity.

People who don’t live on the Mexican border, don’t know how bad the situation has become. There have been multiple incidents of Mexican pirates raiding fishing boats on Falcon Lake recently. Shots have been fired at fishermen who ventured into Mexican waters on several occasions. David Hartley is simply the first person to be killed.

The violence in northern Mexico has escalated dramatically over the last few years, as the drug cartels have become increasingly brazen. Shootouts in plazas in Reynosa occur monthly. A hotel in Monterrey was raided and several tourists were murdered recently. And the violence is creeping over to this side of the border.

A medical center in San Juan, Texas, was shot up a few months ago. There was a gun battle between smugglers and police at a drug house in Pharr in the last two weeks, one of many over the past years. Kidnappings and home invasions have increased. There was an attempt to kidnap a prominent Mission businessman earlier this year.

In my own experience, as a realtor who deals with repossessed homes, I once went to a home, about two miles north of the Rio Grande, that had been seized by the U.S. Marshals. When I got there to take pictures, Mexicans with assault rifles came out of the house across the street and demanded, in Spanish, to know what I was doing there. “El banco saca lo, y yo vendo lo,” I explained nervously. That was in 2006.

Last year I took possession of a house in Mission, then sent the a/c repairman there for maintenance work. In the ceiling ducts, he found a box that had 20 forged passports in it. Those had to be turned over to ICE, and we were interviewed by the FBI.

These are not isolated incidents, and the situation around Laredo and El Paso is even worse. People need to come to grips with the reality that the border has become a war zone. Illegal immigration continues, but only as a small part of the problem.

Tiffany’s story is entirely believable. Which explains why Mexican authorities have been slow to recover and return the body of her murdered husband.

LA replies:

This morning I read on the Web (no link) that there have been four incidents since last April in which American boaters on the lake have been attacked or held up by Mexican criminals. That being the case, it surpasses understanding why the authorities allow recreationists to head out on the lake. Well, maybe they give them heavy warnings, and the Hartleys, as Tiffany Hartley said, simply ignore them.

Don Marco Jawsario writes:

As VFR’s expert on Latino affairs, I, Don Marco, who daily do battle against the forces of evil, will solemnly swear on my good name and sacred honor, that there is no such thing as Mexican pirates. Has anyone of you have ever heard of Latino Blackbeards, Captain Morgans, or “Juan” Lefittes? It is my expert opinion, that unless Gringos have suddenly taken to stowing tires on their small fishing vessels, there is absolutely nothing to lure a Mexican into the water, unless it is shallow enough for him to wade across.

LA replies:

While Don Marco’s knowledge of Latino affairs surpasses my own, I also wondered about pirates on a lake. Whoever heard of pirates on a fresh water, recreational lake? Assuming that the Hartleys were attacked by a gang of armed criminals, why would Mrs. Hartley call them “pirates”? It’s just odd. Which doesn’t mean that the story is untrue. While spousal murders in white, middle class, American couples, very often for matters of convenience or financial gain, are a regular occurrence, the idea that Tiffany would cold-bloodedly shoot her husband dead on his jet skis on a lake on the Mexican border and then claim that Mexican pirates had done it, seems far fetched. But it’s not impossible.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at October 07, 2010 06:45 AM | Send

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