Chris Blatchford on The Black Hand – Mexican Mafia member Rene “Boxer” Enriquez
By Alex Alonso for StreetGangs.com
August 16, 2009
Chris Blatchford, reporter from Fox 11 News in Los Angeles has been doing stories on the Mexican Mafia for several years, including stories on Rene “Boxer” Enriquez, a Mexican Mafia member that started out as a member of Varrio Arta gang in Artesia, Caifornia. He published the book, “The Black Hand: The Bloody Rise and Redemption of Boxer Enriquez, a Mexican Mob Killer” and spoke about the Mexican Mafia at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena, California at a book signing.
Boxer dropped out of the Mexican Mafia, debriefed to prison authorities and has even testified against other members after spending 10 years in Pelican Bay State Prison where he earned money for the organization. Boxer is serving a life sentence in protective custody on the “Special needs yard” of the prison. In previous interviews, Rene has admitted to participating in murders and drug dealing behind prison walls.
“The Black Hand” is the true story of Rene Enriquez, aka “Boxer,” and his rise in a secret criminal organization, a new Mafia, that already has a grip on all organised crime in California and soon all of the United States. This Mafia is using a base army of an estimated 60,000 heavily armed, loyal Latino gang members, called Surenos, driven by fear and illicit profits. They are the most dangerous gang in American history and they wave the flag of the Black Hand. A riveting and bloody saga of murderous gangsters in Southern California written in an “as told to” style, but in a blend of first-person memoir and third-person literary reporting. A mobster with first-hand knowledge of all the material, who was in the thick of Eme business for two decades, Rene “Boxer” Enriquez had an unparalleled reputation as a mob enforcer who reached the upper echelon of the organization at a relatively young age. This is his harrowing story.
Interview: February 7, 2009
Location: Vroman’s in Pasadena, CA