Like a character from a graphic novel, she dresses in black, has unusually blond hair—and kills bus drivers who sexually assault women.
In a place like Ciudad Juarez, known for its years of brutal killings of women, the story has inexorable appeal. But how much of it is true?
Authorities are taking the reports seriously enough to investigate and have posted undercover cops on buses. Women’s advocates say they wouldn’t be surprised if someone finally had taken long-denied justice into her own hands.
Two bus drivers were slain in the last week, and over the weekend an electronic message claiming responsibility was sent to several news outlets.
“You think because we are women we are weak, and maybe we are,” the message says. “But only to a certain point.... We can no longer remain quiet over these acts that fill us with rage.
“And so, I am an instrument who will take vengeance.”
Signed: Diana, Huntress of Bus Drivers.
The article notes that hundreds of women have disappeared or been killed, raped, or tortured in Ciudad Juarez over the last 20 years, sometimes after boarding buses, and few cases are ever resolved by law enforcement. Human rights activists are rightly pointing out that the police could probably better serve the public by, you know, actually investigating the sexual assaults and murders that led to the vigilante justice than spending resources trying to find the vigilante. Read the whole thing.