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People You Don’t Want to Meet in a Dark Alley

General Butt Naked

Joshua Blahyi or General Butt Naked is a former Liberian warlord. In 1989, the First Liberian Civil War began and Blahyi became a commander on the side of Roosevelt Johnson. During the war, Blahyi led his troops into battle wearing only shoes and his gun. For this reason he was given the name General Butt Naked. Joshua Blahyi claims to have been visited by the devil and routinely practiced satanic rituals. During the First Liberian Civil War he was a dangerous and brutally violent individual. There are some shocking quotes attributed to General Butt Naked. He would routinely sacrifice a human victim before entering into battle. "Usually it was a small child, someone whose fresh blood would satisfy the devil." and "Sometimes I would enter under the water where children were playing. I would dive under the water, grab one, carry him under and break his neck. Sometimes I'd cause accidents. Sometimes I'd just slaughter them."

Joshua Blahyi claimed to a South African Star reporter that from the age of 11 to 25 he took part in monthly human sacrifices. Joshua Blahyi described his typical battle, "So, before leading my troops into battle, we would get drunk and drugged up, sacrifice a local teenager, drink their blood, then strip down to our shoes and go into battle wearing colorful wigs and carrying dainty purses we'd looted from civilians. We'd slaughter anyone we saw, chop their heads off and use them as soccer balls. We were nude, fearless, drunk, and homicidal. We killed hundreds of people, so many I lost count." Blahyi claimed to be invisible during war. He led many teenagers into battle and his army often times fought in women’s clothing. Blahyi's rampage ended in 1996, when the civil war in Liberia passed. Today, Joshua Blahyi is living in Liberia as a preacher. He is married to a pastor and has three children.


Semion Mogilevich

Semion Mogilevich is a Ukrainian crime boss and one of the most dangerous people in the world. He is thought to be the “boss of bosses” for most Russian mob syndicates. Mogilevich has gained the nickname “The Brainy Don” because he earned a degree in economics from Lviv University. Mogilevich allegedly controls a company that transports natural gas named RosUkrEnergo. The company is involved with a dispute in Russia, which has directly affected natural gas output in Europe. Russia provides a quarter of the natural gas used in the European Union.

You really don’t want to mess with Semion Mogilevich or any of his friends. During the 1980s, Mogilevich made millions of dollars by deceiving and stealing from Ukrainian and Russian Jews who were immigrating to Israel. Today, it is thought that Mogilevich runs an extensive empire consisting of prostitution, weapons smuggling, drug activities, and strong arm tactics. Like all organized crime groups, a large portion of money is made over the Internet and by identity theft organizations.

In 1994, Mogilevich’s business group obtained control over Inkombank, one of the largest private banks in Russia. The bank collapsed in 1998 under suspicions of money laundering, but in 1996 Mogilevich purchased a significant share in Sukhoi, a large military aircraft manufacturer. In 2009, Semion Mogilevich was placed on the FBIs Ten Most Wanted List. He is probably the most powerful Russian mobster alive today.

Matteo Messina Denaro

Matteo Messina Denaro or “Diabolik” is a Sicilian Mafioso boss and the most wanted man in Italy. In 2006, the current leader of the Cosa Nostra, a man named Bernardo Provenzano, was arrested. He was taken into custody on the same day that Romano Prodi became the Italian Prime Minister. Many high ranking gangsters were listed as possible successors to Provenzano as the Capo di tutti capi of the Sicilian Mafia. Some of these men included Salvatore Lo Piccolo, Domenico Raccuglia, and Matteo Messina Denaro. In 2007, Salvatore Lo Piccolo was arrested and two years later Raccuglia was captured near Trapani. This leaves Matteo Messina Denaro as the probable leader of the Sicilian Mafia.

Messina Denaro has the public image of a playboy and womanizer. During the early 1990s, Denaro was often times seen in Porsche sports cars and wearing clothing from Giorgio Armani and Versace. Don’t take this behavior as a weakness, because Messina Denaro is a ruthless killer and Mafioso leader. During his early years in the mob, Messina Denaro was a hit man. He is estimated to have killed at least 50 people. Denaro once bragged, "I filled a cemetery all by myself.” He became widely known in the underworld when he murdered rival boss Vincenzo Milazzo.

Messina Denaro makes his money through an extortion racket that forces businesses to pay a pizzo (protection money). He is also active in the international drug trade and involved with skimming off public construction contracts. In 1993, the Sicilian Mafia organized a strategy to attempt to make the Italian state retreat. They conducted a series of bombings in Italy. Messina Denaro was at the front of the terrorist activity and has been wanted by the Italian government since. On April 12, 2001, the magazine L'Espresso put Denaro on the cover with the headline, Ecco il nuovo capo della mafia (Here is the new boss of the Mafia). Since 2008, the Italian government has seized approximately 1.4 billion Euros from public businesses associated with the Italian mafia.

Joseph Kony

Joseph Kony is a Ugandan man that is the head of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). The LRA is a sectarian Christian militant group that is based in northern Uganda. The group is currently engaged in an armed rebellion against the Ugandan government. The resistance has become one of Africa's longest-running conflicts. The followers of Joseph Kony believe that he is the “spokesman” of God and a spiritual medium. The LRA are a violent group and have gained a reputation for horrible crimes against the citizens of northern Uganda. Since the rebellion began in 1986, over 1.6 million people have been forced to leave the area.

Joseph Kony has ordered the abduction of over 30,000 children during his reign as leader of the LRA. He likes to kidnap children, so he can brain wash them into following the ideals of the Lord’s Resistance Army. The army is full of teenage soldiers. Kony has proclaimed that if an LRA soldier paints a cross on their chest then they will be protected from bullets. He also insists that he is fighting for the Ten Commandments. In 2005, an arrest warrant was issued for Joseph Kony and other LRA leaders. His warrant includes 33 charges: 12 counts of crimes against humanity and another 21 counts of war crimes. The Ugandan government is attempting to track down and kill Joseph Kony. He has been seen in remote areas of the Central African Republic, the Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Heriberto Lazcano

Heriberto Lazcano is the current leader of the Mexican drug cartel Los Zetas. Los Zetas is a criminal organization in Mexico that is involved with drug smuggling and other organized crime activities. In the early 1990s, an elite group of assassins from the Mexican Army were recruited by the Gulf Cartel to kill rival gang members. The assassin group became known as the Los Zetas and they were extremely effective in controlling Gulf Cartel turf. In 2003, the Los Zetas received permission from the Gulf Cartel and the Beltrán-Leyva Cartel to engage in their own drug shipments.

The Los Zetas are thought to employ many corrupt ex-federal, state, and local police officers, as well as ex-Kaibiles from Guatemala. One of the original thirty assassins recruited by the Gulf Cartel was a man named Heriberto Lazcano. Lazcano was originally appointed third in command, but after the death of Arturo Guzmán Decena and Rogelio González Pizaña, he became the leader of the Los Zetas. Another individual that we wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alley is Miguel Treviño Morales, who is currently commander of Los Zetas and right hand man to Lazcano. In February of 2010, Heriberto Lazcano decided that he didn’t want to be affiliated with the Gulf Cartel any longer and a violent gang war erupted. This has made the Mexican city of Reynosa an extremely dangerous place to be.

The U.S. government considers the Los Zetas the most violent enforcement group in Mexico and they have been reported to kidnap tourists for ransom. Los Zetas have expanded their operations to Italy with the 'Ndrangheta. Members of the cartel approach life as if they are in a war, using body armor, ballistic helmets, and their arsenal includes AR-15 and AK-47 rifles, MP5 submachine guns, grenade launchers, surface-to-air missiles, dynamite and helicopters. Lazcano is an international criminal and the United States is offering a $5 million bounty for his arrest, while the Mexican government will also give $2 million for details leading to the capture of Heriberto Lazcano.

Grim Sleeper

The Grim Sleeper is the nickname given to an unidentified serial killer living in the Los Angeles, California. Since 1985, the Grim Sleeper is thought to be responsible for 13 murders and one attempted murder. The victim that escaped from the Grim Sleeper described him as a "thin, neat, polite and well-groomed African-American guy." His vehicle was reported to be an orange Ford Pinto with a white racing stripe on the hood. In May 2007, a 25-year-old woman named Janecia Peters was murdered in Los Angeles. DNA analysis conducted at the scene linked her murder to 12 other killings in the surrounding area. This produced conclusive evidence that a serial killer was loose in California. After Janecia Peters murder, the police department formed the 800 Task Force to investigate the crimes.

The LA Weekly has conducted a complete interview with the surviving victim of the Grim Sleeper. She stated that he was "a black man in his early 30s. He looked neat, tidy, and kind of geeky. He wore a black polo shirt tucked into khaki trousers." The woman initially refused a ride from the man and he said, "That is what is wrong with you black women. You think you are all that.” The women ended up getting into the man’s car and commented on his car’s gear-shift handle, which was pimped out with a ping-pong-sized marble ball.

Specific details of the attack were not made public, but the woman was sexually assaulted and almost died as a result of her injuries. The Grim Sleeper targets black prostitutes and most of the victims are murdered by a gunshot wound to the chest. The bodies are then dumped in various alleyways throughout the Los Angeles area. The same .25 caliber handgun was linked to many of the murders. The Los Angeles police department is offering a $500,000 dollar award for information leading to the arrest of the Grim Sleeper.

Christopher Coke

Christopher Coke or “Dudus” is an alleged Jamaican drug lord and the leader of the Shower Posse gang. The Shower Posse is a Jamaican gang that is involved with drugs and guns smuggling. The posse’s home is in Tivoli Gardens in Jamaica. However, it operates in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. The Shower Posse is one of the largest Jamaican gangs in America. The gang also has a large presence in Toronto, Canada. In 2009 the United States began to demand that Christopher Coke be extradited to New York, where he would face charges of drug and weapons smuggling. The prime minister of Jamaica, Bruce Golding, initially questioned the request, but on May 17th of 2010 an arrest warrant was issued for Christopher Coke.

This has led to civil unrest in the Jamaican capital city of Kingston, where Coke is living. Since May 23, 2010, 73 Jamaican citizens have been killed and many others injured in the Kingston unrest. Four police officers have been killed and over 500 arrests have been made. Christopher Coke has not been apprehended as of May 27, 2010. On the night of May 24, the Jamaican government declared a state of emergency in Kingston. Several airlines have cancelled flights to and from Kingston and foreign governments have issued emergency warnings. Christopher Coke is the son of accused drug lord Lester Lloyd Coke. He is considered one of the world's most dangerous drug kingpins.

The Person Killing Women in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico

In the early 1990s women of all ages began disappearing in the city of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. It has been estimated that between 400 and 3,000 women have been brutally murdered in the Mexican city since 1993. Most of the crimes remain a complete mystery to Mexican police. The victims consist of a wide range of females, with a large majority being students and factory workers. The perpetrator tends to dump his victims in the desert and the bodies show signs of sexual abuse, torment, torture, and disfigurement. The Mexican government is attempting to find the serial killer or killers, but in the meantime they don’t like to comment on the situation.

During the first nine months of 2005, 28 women were murdered in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. Parents living in the Mexican city feel that the government is not doing enough to stop the tide of murder, so they have formed awareness organizations to educate children on the dangers. We would think twice before taking a vacation to this part of Mexico. Recent articles have reported on a massive amount of murders in Ciudad Juárez during 2009, 2660 to be exact. The majority of the killings are drug related, but many fit the profile of the person murdering Mexican women.

Jose Saenz

Jose Luis Saenz is an American fugitive and notorious Cuatro Flats gang member. The Cuatro Flats are one of the most well known gangs in the Boyle Heights section of East Los Angeles. Cuatro claims 4th Street and their counterparts are Primera Flats, which claim 1st Street. Jose Saenz has been on the run from the police since the end of 2009 and is thought to be one of the most dangerous enforcers in the gang world. In 1998, Jose Saenz and Juan Pena executed two members of the rival East LA Trece gang. Following the murders, Saenz fled to the home of his ex-girlfriend, a woman named Sigreta Hernandez.

Saenz kidnapped, raped and murdered Sigreta Hernandez. He was charged with three counts of murder, one count of kidnapping, and one count of rape. A warrant was issued for his arrest, but the police received zero leads on his whereabouts for nearly a decade. In 2008, a Missouri state trooper pulled over two members of the Lott Stoner gang while they were traveling in a rental car. A search of the vehicle turned up $620,000 in cash. The money was wrapped and marked with the name “Toro,” which is Jose Saenz street name.

Two months after the incident, one of the men involved was killed by Saenz at his home in Whittier, California. Jose Saenz was filmed on a surveillance system camera arriving at Oscar Torres house. He chased Torres out of his front door and was seen shooting him several times in the head. Jose Saenz is currently on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list and is believed to be living in Mexico and working as an enforcer for a drug cartel. Saenz could be making routine trips between Mexico and the U.S. smuggling drugs. Jose Saenz is armed and dangerous and if you threaten his freedom he will kill you. The U.S. government is offering a $100,000 award for information leading to the arrest of Jose Saenz.

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