Amidst all the fictional drama in online video, even the really sadistic stuff like Compulsions, every now and then there are those videos that hit the web revealing the very real violence that goes down all over this country. Hard crime news is of course daily fodder for local TV, but when a print media outlet dives deep into these stories, in the way only real journalists can, and then harnesses online video’s uniquely disseminating nature, you get something powerful. Something terrifying.
The LA Weekly isn’t afraid to go there. In an online-only supplement posted yesterday to their current cover story, “East Los Angeles Hit Man Trained by Mexican Cartels” —the terrifying saga of an LA youth turned gang hitman who would become one the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted fugitives—they ran surveillance camera footage of Jose Saenz’s execution of his “buddy” Oscar Torres.
(WARNING – this video below contains graphic violence)
The footage, which has been edited to a compressed timeline—this is web video after all—is from surveillance cameras that the victim had mounted near his front door. They were supplied to the paper by a source in their raw form. And aside from trimming it down to a watchable three minutes, they left it without adding any news anchor-style blabber. Its silence is chilling.
The even scarier part? This guy is still on the run.