A Louisiana Reader Reports Newer, Stranger, Money Laundering—Which Leaves The Federal Government Owning A Movie Script About The Virgin Mary
An Anonymous Louisiana Reader [Email him]
Last week, I defined “spillover violence” with examples and reported on a case of “white collar spillover.”
Well, what do we do with this case? A summary of the story is quite difficult, but I`ll give it a try: Under orders from a Mexican involved in laundering narco money in south Texas, a kidnapping takes place in Guadalajara, Mexico, in an attempt to obtain the legal rights to a screenplay on the life of the Virgin Mary.
File it under —”you can`t make this stuff up,” or “I don`t know if I should laugh or cry.”
Here are three takes on the story: (SPOILER ALERT: the kidnapping is a success!)
- Plea Deal re Extorted $1M Screenplay Gives Feds a Stake in New `Mary, Mother of Christ` Biopic, ABA Journal, May 9, 2012
- U.S. taxpayers getting cut of `Passion` prequel, The Monitor, May 12, 2012
- Trafficker gives up stake in film with plea deal, By Guillermo Contreras and Jason Buch, mysanantonio.com, May 9, 2012
I`m open to suggestions as to how these developments should be labeled. Ignoring the Hollywood angle for now, I`ve proposed “spillback violence.” A Mexican in the U.S. working for Mexican narcos, orders a violent act in Mexico.
He “spilled over” to the U.S—through illegal immigration. Then, from his base in south Texas, he violently “spilled back” to Mexico. But, like I said, I`m open to suggestions.
“Louisiana Reader” visits the Rio Grande area two or three times a year. See previously A Louisiana Reader Agrees With Patrick Cleburne— Drudge Is Refusing To Post Immigration Outrages and A Louisiana Reader Says That Immigrants Must Be Doing Better Than Americans In This Economy, Because They’re Still Sending Money Home.
James Fulford writes: The thing that surprises me is seeing an American newspaper refer to a movie about the Nativity and the Flight To Egypt as a “Passion” prequel. Of course, now that the government is involved, the picture may never get made.