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Five Indicted In Cult Slayings MEXICO CITY (AP) - The reputed high priestess of a drug-trafficking religious cult was being held without bond Tuesday after she and four other men were indicted on charges stemming from the ritual slayings of 15 people. Indicted by Judge Bernardo Tirado on murder and related charges were Sara Aldrete Villarreal, Omar Francisco Orea Ochoa, Alvaro de Leon Valdez, Juan Carlos Fragoso and Jorge Montes. Tirado refused to set bail Monday because the charges are punishable by more than five-year sentences. Murder conviction carries a 50-year sentence. Ms. Aldrete, 24, and her Cuban-American boyfriend Adolfo de Jesus Constanzo were considered leaders of the cult, with Ms. Aldrete the priestess and Constanzo the godfather. The case broke last month when Mexican police discovered the first of 15 bodies buried at the Matamoros ranch. Ms. Aldrete has testified that some of the victims were killed in ritual sacrifices and the deaths of others were related to drugs. One of the sacrificial victims was Mark Kilroy, 21, a university student from Santa Fe, Texas. Ms. Aldrete, de Leon Valdez and Orea Ochoa were arrested May 6 in a fourth-floor apartment in Mexico City after a gunfight with police. As police closed in Constanzo, 26, ordered his companions to kill him and his closest associate, Martin Quintana Rodriguez, according to investigators. De Leon Valdez told authorities he shot them to death with a submachine gun. Ms. Aldrete and Orea Ochoa also are charged in the deaths. Orea Ochoa, Fragoso and Montes are accused of killing Ramon Baez, a male transvestite, in a Mexico City apartment in July and dismembering the body. Court clerk Marco Aurelio Camacho said all five defendants were charged with homicide, two counts of criminal association, coverup and resisting arrest. Another defendant, Jose Enrique Calzada, was charged Sunday with coverup for allegedly helping Constanzo and other cult members avoid arrest. He pleaded innocent at his arraignment and was released on $2,500 bond. AP-NY-05-16-89 0935EDT (C) Copyright 1988, Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ballad About Slayings Aired BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - The story of a cult of drug smugglers blamed for 15 slayings in northern Mexico has been put to music in a ballad that's being played by Spanish-language radio stations. ``Tragedy in Matamoros'' is a traditional ``corrido'' played in waltz time with guitars and accordion. Corridos for years in Mexico have been used to tell about important historical events or social problems. Their themes often relate to the plight, problems and concerns of immigrants. They also were used to spread news and deliver messages. Corridos are popular along U.S.-Mexico border and among the Chicano culture. ``Tragedy in Matamoros,'' by the group Suspiros de Salamanca, mentions by name only Sara Aldrete, who authorities said was the cult's ``godmother'' and is in custody in Mexico City. The song also refers to ``El Padrino,'' the Godfather, Adolfo de Jesus Constanzo. Constanzo, the cult's charismatic leader, is believed to have directed the killings at Santa Elena Ranch near Matamoros, as well as slayings in Mexico City. On May 6, Constanzo reportedly ordered one of his followers to kill him and another man as police were closing in on their Mexico City hideout. The ``young American'' in the lyrics is Mark Kilroy, a University of Texas student abducted while in Matamoros during a spring break outing. Kilroy's body was one of 15 unearthed at or near the ranch. Some of the victims were sacrificed in occult rituals designed to bring magical protection for the drug-smuggling, suspects and police have said. Andres Cantu, production director at KBOR-AM in Brownsville, across the Rio Grande from Matamoros, said it was inevitable that the story would become a corrido. ``This is the first one,'' Cantu said. ``There are going to be other versions coming out.'' Some listeners call and request the song, he said. At KGBT-AM in Harlingen, program director Rogelio Botello said ``Tragedy in Matamoros'' is the most popular corrido this week. ``It is getting some play here in Houston, also in Dallas, Fort Worth and San Antonio,'' said Albino Garcia, with sales promotion at Ramex Records, the Houston-based company distributing the recording to stations. ``We're taking quite a few orders now,'' Garcia said. Here is a translation of the lyrics: ``There the devil did fail them, Satanic murderers. They say Sarita Aldrete And that Cuban `El Padrino' Are the main ones responsible For everything that has happened. In Brownsville and Matamoros They all started trembling Because that satanic gang, They are not afraid to kill. That's how they prayed to the devil, In order to triumph in all that they do. The parents were very worried About their beloved son. That young American, Well, he had been lost On the 14th of March While he was out with some friends. They say that some `federales' They caught a snitch. `We will protect you. Give us some good information. The Santa Elena Ranch, It looks like a cemetery there. Now I say good goodbye from here, From Rancho Santa Elena. Here they found the gringo Dead with another dozen. For that satanic gang Black will be their sentence.'' AP-NY-05-16-89 0425EDT (C) Copyright 1988, Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Cult Leader Body Now In Miami MEXICO CITY (AP) - The body of the man authorities say was the ``godfather'' of a cult linked to 15 slayings near the U.S. border has been transported from Mexico to his hometown of Miami, a police source said. The source, who works in the Mexico City attorney general's office, said the body of Adolfo de Jesus Constanzo, 26, was transported Friday on a commercial flight to Miami. The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the body had remained unclaimed at the Mexico City morgue since Constanzo died May 6, when he reportedly ordered a partner to shoot him when police closed in. Constanzo has been described as the leader of a sect authorities blame for 15 killings outside the border city of Matamoros. Sect members have said some slayings were ritual killings while others were drug-related. Constanzo's body was claimed by a U.S. Consulate representative acting on behalf of Constanzo's mother, Aurora Gonzales del Valle of Miami, the source said. He said funeral arrangements were pending in Miami, but did not have specifics. The process of transporting the body to the United States was complicated by the investigation and red tape associated with transporting a body across international borders, the source said. He said even though Constanzo's family had made inquiries, they did not claim the body until this week. U.S. Embassy spokesman Bill Graves said late Friday that he knew U.S. officials were working to return Constanzo's body to his family but had no further details. AP-NY-05-20-89 0416EDT (C) Copyright 1988, Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.


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