“The trainers separated, revealing a naked corpse face up in the grass. One thrust a machete into the nearest man’s hand. ‘Dismember that body,’ he ordered. The recruit froze. The instructor waited, then walked up behind the terrified recruit and fired a bullet into his head, killing him. Next, he passed the blade to a lanky teenager while the others watched, dumbfounded. The teenager didn’t hesitate. Offered the chance to prove that he could be an assassin — a sicario — he seized it, he said. A chance at money, power and what he craved most, respect. To be feared in a place where fear was currency.” Azam Ahmed and Paulina Villegas in the NYT: He Was One of Mexico’s Deadliest Assassins. Then He Turned on His Cartel. “They took away everything left in me that was human and made me a monster.”