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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.