A freed suspect in the Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, serial murders says he was tortured into confessing, and the Houston Chronicle says his case is emblematic of unscrupulous tactics being used by investigators who are desperate to solve the heavily publicized murders. Victor Garcia Uribe got a 50-year prison sentence based on a confession that he raped and murdered eight women. But he was freed last week after a judge in Juarez declared him not guilty, ruling that the confession was obtained under duress and that there was insufficient evidence against him.
”I don’t think I’ll ever get all this pain out of my mind,” Garcia said through tears. Federal officials and the state police department promised to investigate the police officers who Garcia said had tortured him. Human rights workers here said the Garcia case is typical of what they say are shoddy investigations into the murders of hundreds of women in the industrial border city opposite El Paso. Intense nternational pressure has been applied on Mexican authorities to bring to justice the killers of more than 360 women who have died here since 1994. In more than 100 cases, the victims were young, slim brunettes whose bodies were dumped in fields after they had been raped.