The Mother Who Captured a Mexican Drug Cartel
Miriam Rodriguez knew she could bring the men who murdered her daughter to justice.
Miriam Rodriguez clutched her purse to her as she ran past the morning crowd on the bridge to Texas. In the purse was a pistol that she had acquired.
She stopped to catch her breath and looked at the photo she had in her hand. The photo was her next target, known simply as the florist.
She had been hunting him for a year, stalking him online and interrogating anyone who might know or work with him. She had befriended his relatives and gained little droplets of information on his whereabouts, which had led to this moment.
When a widow called to tell her he was peddling flowers on the border, she knew this was her chance to gain revenge for her daughter's killing.
The florist saw her coming and ran, but Miriam wasn't deterred; she grabbed him by the shirt and wrestled him to the rails, where she jammed the gun in his back. She held him there for an hour until the police arrived to arrest him.
He was one of many men she brought to justice. She was a mother who was determined to get revenge.