J. Jesús Lemus

The Damned
(Los malditos (Los Malditos 1))

Commercial Non-Fiction

Publisher: Grijalbo

Publish date: 12-01-2016


ISBN: 9786073143387

Jesús Lemus narrates his arrest, caused by a conflict that arose with the municipal authorities of La Piedad in Michoacán, where the author directed a local newspaper, El Tiempo. He was arrested by the Ministerial Police of Guanajuato (state adjacent to Michoacán) on May 7, 2008. He was accused of participating in organized crime and drug trafficking, after being tortured to confess being part of the cartel lead by Osiel Cárdenas Guillen, then to being a former member of the Zetas and, finally, of being the «chief» of a criminal group in Michoacán.

When he refused to sign his confession, he was confined to the Center for Social Readaptation (CERESO) in Guanajuato, but a federal judge arbitrarily classified him as a high-security prisoner and decided to send him to Puente Grande. He entered this facility 20 days after he was arrested. In the preface, Jesús Lemus writes: «During these long days, flooded by the coldest solitude and the most oppressing anguish, I found comfort in the fact that I was a journalist. I started to imagine that I was in the midst of a great story and concentrated on recording everything that happened around me». This was, precisely, the seed that originated The Damned.

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