Five reasons why David Hartley's disappearance on Falcon Lake is not a big story in Mexico
In Mexico, however, mention the Falcon Lake killing and you might very well get a blank stare.
While American deaths in Mexico usually generate an equal amount of coverage from both nations, the lack of local coverage of his case has revealed a stark disconnect in perspectives on opposite sides of the border. Here are five reasons why.
Tiffany Hartley's testimony offers compelling details about a couple who mistakenly wandered into Mexico's drug war, while the seeming failure of Mexican investigators to solve the case provides a critique of Mexico's inefficient police and judiciary. Who are these so-called Mexican "pirates" that roam the waters of Falcon Lake?
For Americans, who do not usually come into contact with the border, with its desert outposts and giant border fence – especially not when on vacation – there is an extra level of intrigue for the fluidity of the border that Falcon Lake represents. Falcon Lake “feels different, it feels less protected,” says Dan Lund, a political analyst in Mexico City and the president of The MUND Group. “It suggests vulnerability that the normal border does not.”