8.2.05

Crippled Men.

"As a seven-year-old, he hid under a cloth-covered table and listened while nine peasants, two of them women, killed his father. Mario is about 30 years old now: this would have happened during the period known as La Violencia (though there is barely a period of Colombian history that could not be so called). When he was 12 he made a start on his venganzas, killing the first of the nine peasants with a knife. He then went on to kill the other eight. "

~ Martin Amis, in an essay of some sorts about the gang culture of Columbia.