The Most Horrifying Thing You Will Ever Read: The 2011 San Fernando Massacre

May 28, 2014 | 19 Comments » | Topics: WTF

The bus of the ADO line was making its regular stop in the city of San Fernando, Tamaulipas on a destination to Reynosa. They arrived at the terminal unloading two people and boarding four, making a total of 15 passengers onboard the bus. The bus departed the terminal to follow the route; it was 8:30 in the evening of March 25, 2011. They quickly left the small village as they did not want to become victims of the criminals who operate in the city, however, that night would be the last they would fear, because they were already sitting in wait for them.

The streets in San Fernando empty at about 6 pm. The small town is a ghost town after dark, no one leaves their homes, and everyone protects themselves for fear of Los Zetas. Only the luxurious SUVs are seen travelling through the empty streets, no one wants to run into them.

The bus was just leaving the village when the driver saw a truck in the distance blocking the middle of the road and hooded men wielding AR-15s, at that moment he knew that all was over. The armed men ordered him to stop the bus; the driver was forced to stop. The men approached the bus pointing their long guns and shouting; “Open the door motherfucker, move it son of a bitch if you don’t want me to shoot you in the fucking head.” Shaking the driver opened the door of the bus, and instantly the armed men boarded the bus, one of them struck the driver on the face with his rifle while the others went inside shouting at the passengers, “You all just got fucked mother fuckers.” The passengers on board were terrified, the women were crying while the children were hugging their parents, and also crying. Everyone was in panic, they thought it was just a robbery, but it was not. 

They ordered the driver to continue driving, taking him a several feet along the road until they reached a ditch, where they ordered him to get off the road there and go another 6 miles on a dirt road. This seemed to be the longest ride in the lives of the passengers. They reached a very wide open field in the middle of nowhere, a plot of some kind, it was very dark. At the location were approximately 20 luxury trucks, and 3 other buses from several different bus lines, some had visible bullet holes with flat tires and broken glass. 

One of the armed men told the driver to stop the bus, then they separated the men and women and then they ordered all the men to get out of the bus. They forced about 8 men out of the bus who ranged from 15 to 50 years old. They lined them up next to the bus where several armed men approached them and they started to separate them again by removing the old or weak. They removed two old men and two others that looked sick. They tied their hands and feet, and took them to another group of men that also seem to be old and weak. The ones who remained back were told to remove their shirt and to wait there. 

Some of the armed men went to one of the SUV’s parked nearby and shouted “call the comandante.” It is when the presence of this man was made known, who was dressed in all black commando style, wearing a bulletproof vest and pouches all over his clothes; they all called him “Comandante 40.” The man approached the men without shirts that had been forced off the bus and told them in a loud military tone type of voice, “Lets see mother fuckers, who wants to live, tell me now,” but no one dared to answer. Everyone was looking toward the ground; they were unable to look up frozen in fear. 

A young man around 15 years of age urinated on his pants from the sheer fear while visibly trembling all over his body as if he was cold and a flood of tears ran down his cheeks. El 40 drew his handgun from his holster and without hesitation shot him in the forehead. The boy collapsed to the floor dead in an instant, while the other men also started to tremble in fear. “Who else is a fag here?” asked the El 40. No one dared to answer. “I will ask one last time mother fuckers, who wants to live?” This time he was yelling loud and clear, and suddenly all the men immediately raised their hands. “Good, we will give you a test to see how badass you all are, the ones who succeed will live, the ones who do not will get fuck.” With that he ordered several of his men who were sitting inside another SUV to bring the sledgehammers and the men gave a sledgehammer to each man. “Ok listen up assholes, the trick is this, we are going to pair you in twos, and you are going to fuck up each other with the sledgehammers, and the one who survives will join us in our work and you get to live, while the one who does not survive, well you get fucked,” he said sarcastically making his men laugh out loud. The passengers were stunned by the instructions from a narco who resembled more a nazi than anything else, they could not believe this was happening to them. Everyone grabbed their sledgehammer and took their position with their pair. They stared at each other with a look of pure fear. “Ok, fuck each other up,” ordered El 40. 

One of the passengers came begging to him, saying, “Please sir, I do not want to do this, I will give all my money and my home if you let us go.” El 40 looked at him straight in the eye, took his sledgehammer and said, “Okay fucking faggot, go.” As soon as the man turned to leave El 40 hit the man in the head with the sledgehammer using brutal force. The man fell to the ground bathed in blood and El 40 just went crazy hitting the man on the head with the hammer until his head was smashed in to pieces. “This is what you all have to do son of a bitches, use your balls, anyone who does not want to do this tell me now and I will fuck you up,” all men then began to fight against each other. 

The bus driver was still inside the bus with the man who had intercepted them along with all the women and children. Several armed men got on the bus and forced all the women out of the bus who they felt were the prettiest. They were yelling at them; “Move whore,” all crying and screaming as were the children. One of the armed men gave an ordered, “OK bitches, give me your young ones” and while weeping, the mothers took their children on their arms, which ranged from newborn to 8 years old. The children clung to their mothers while the sicarios snatched one at a time. They got everyone out of the bus and took them away, while some of the sicarios beat the women who remained on the bus. 

The young women that had been forced off the bus were taken to a beat up hut where other young women were waiting there. Inside it was dark and filthy, and one could hear screams and moans. There the sicarios tore the clothes off the women and began to rape them. Inside the hut were approximately 30 women being raped, others were torn up on the floor. 

The children were taken to another location where there were tanks filled with acid, and there they threw them inside the tanks. Little by little the cries of terror began to fade in to the night. The only sound left was from the sicarios who were laughing out loud, one of them shouted to the others; “the soup is almost ready.” 

The armed man ordered the driver to turn on the bus, and directed him to drive the bus to the location where they had placed all the men who were old and weak, they were lying on the ground in a single line tied to their feet and hands. “Drive your bus over them,” ordered the sicario to the driver. The driver looked at him stunned, he could not believe what he just ordered him to do. “I said drive your bus over them or I will place you along with them so you can get fucked too idiot,” the sicario yelled at the driver who felt he had no other choice but to comply. While driving his bus he could feel as if he was going over bumps, except the only difference was the screams from the people underneath. The women who remained inside the bus were crying uncontrollable after witnessing such horrible act. The sicarios inside the bus were just laughing. Not until he was finished driving over all of the bodies did they order him to stop.

It was then that the sicario shot the driver in the head and began to shoot the women who were inside the bus. The sicarios got out of the bus and set it on fire. 

Comandante 40 gathered all the Zetas and said, “that is all for fun and game for tonight cabrones. Bring me all the winners” and they brought all the men who had killed their partner with the sledgehammer and El 40 said,” Welcome to the Special Forces of the Zeta, the other military.”

(via Borderland Beat)

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  • vigilante

    i would volunteer to wipe all narcos off the face of the earth.

  • Magda

    Ive heard the story. Except it wasnt as dramatized. It makes me
    Wonder who is the one providing all of these exact details? Doesnt seem like there are any survivors to this story who are even capable of painting such a vivid and exact picture. As captain jack sparrow once asked, “No survivors? Where do the stories come from, i wonder?”

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    • Destructo6

      Nothing like quoting a fictional character to question the veracity of a story regarding and incident whose outcome is undisputed fact.

      • Barfload

        Then how can you be so sure this story, with all the gory details, is true ?

        Many details, but none about the one who told this.

        The quote, even from a fictionnal character, is still right.
        A story like the one above, with no reported survivors ? Then how come it hit the news page ?

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  • twerps make stupid lists

    No survivors but the story was told by??????? Embellish much?

    • Crows Before Hoes

      TRUE! For those who understand Spanish. This link will hear the story of another bus driver who also witnessed:

      Mention some facts that have resemblance to the story.

    • TRC

      Fiction my ass. I was in Juarez in 2007 when this stuff was just breaking hard. I went to an auto parts chain to see where 3 police were murdered and one abducted, a few days prior. I was in disbelief at the scene. I counted more that 100 bullet holes in the concrete face of the building. The metal frames that incased the doors and windows were filled with bullet holes that gnarled the metal with huge holes and all the glass had been replaced. I couldn’t guess how many hit the window. It was done during store hours and several of the workers along a police officer now guarding the store gave account of what happened and where they hid. After that, I had a very clear understanding of the force that these criminals use with their acts of terror. It was solemnly horrifying and humbling.

      This is Mexico, their are no police reports of damaged buses. This is not MAYBERRY, USA. Come on man! And there is a media blackout in that exact area for this exact reason, because the Zetas threaten journalists and news agencies not to print anything negative about the Zetas or else.

      When the autopsies were coming back on the young women murdered in Mexico from 1993 to present, there were all kinds of neglect, misrepresentation and discrepancies. The autopsies being done now have little more credibility. Maybe only to identify the victim, and a possible cause of death. I doubt any particular autopsy is more than just eyeballing the victim, making a guess and moving on to the next. They probably spent 5 minutes with a victim if that in these multiple case incidents, with victims of low importance to them. And I doubt they were buried alive as I think these people like to kill to much, to waste the opportunity.

      The Zetas first became infamous for their kidnappings and cruelty in Nuevo Laredo 7 years ago. The extreme lack of regard for humans, American or Mexican came to light then. They are 10 fold worse now. The common grunt Zeta probably has a IQ of less than 80 and is a follower trying to please his immediate leader and peers with extreme brutality.

      Go back and look at the photos of the 72 bodies found murdered six months ago. I do not recall anything other than men there. Where were the women and children? Most likely they were moved and exploited in to prostitution or as sex slaves. The children, who even knows. Come on guys, wake up! I doubt that many of the bus occupants were traveling as a family unit either. Most immigrants travel alone to the US, get established then send for their family or don’t send for them, so the act of heroism to protect their family doesn’t wash either. Acid is readily available in the area for manufacturing too.

      This seems to be a credible account by several victims. The media in that area cannot do that because there life and agency would end after the story printed. Many of the behaviors described are reported in other situations similar to this that occur very frequently in that area. Sociopaths with low IQs, on extended speed runs, that are desperate to recruit help are very capable of behaving this way. I suspect they behave like this most of the time.

      Don’t get lost being an arm chair literary critic and lose perspective that this and horrifying events just like it happen regularly in Mexico and especially in that exact area. Other sites can be even more graphic with details on the events.

      This was probably a good description of what happened but we are rarely given the opportunity to hear an eye witness account of these terrible events! Don’t be arm chair literary critics and discount the hundreds and hundreds of innocent victims dying and all that are suffering with them.

      I try not to take sides with cartels but it can be like politicians. Sometimes we vote for the politician least likely to do harm. It is the only choice we have. Some criminals make a living with crime and do what it takes to succeed. In this case, we have some very Evil People trying to be criminals.

  • Pics or it didn’t happen.

  • Capt. Skeptical

    Survivors could have been the women who were ‘attractive enough’ to be used as sex slaves or the guys who ‘won’ their hammer battles. With that said, a website called BorderLandBeat also disputes its validity … not that all the elements don’t happen (rape, murder, etc.), but not all together with the mysterious “El 40”.

  • Sick Sad World

    No one can make up this kind of event, El 40 is the main man in San Fernando and brutal to the bone. Everyone in town knows where he is, he owns half of the businesses there. El Kilo is just small time, a token, a scape goat if you will to make the public feel better, do you people fell better knowing that El 40 is untouchable?

    • jaczor

      Have you ever read a book or seen a movie? people come up with stuff like this all the time, I’m not saying that narcos aren’t capable of this, but I’m sure this story is made up.

  • Bob Frapples

    Perfect reason to finish the border, then add a minefield. Mexico needs to get their shit in order.

    • SeaFox

      I’ve been saying “mine the boarder” for years! But everyone is chicken to do it!

  • MDP85

    I’m still living in san fernando tamaulipas and we still have the same problem with the cartel CDG AND ZETAS this two cartel still killing people an making us two pay evey month only people that have stores if you not pay they kill or just live the town, about the massacre there where found 300 bodys, at that moment no body was helping the police in san fernando was complicit with this people, at this time the soldiers, marines an federal police there there is not in off to combat with the tow cartels that operate in tamaulipas…LOS ZETAS began the massacre they broke the deal with the CDG becouse they did the dirty work and not receiving what they asked so them toke all citys…. yoy can still watch the videos en youtube about san fernando

  • MDP85

    In this video is the first time ZETAS enter in the city, comandante KILO he kill 72 Immigrants just 1 survive that person was shot but not kill so he wait for the night and then ran for help that was the knew that everything