In October 20 year-old Carina Saunders was tortured, murdered and dismembered. Her body was left in a grocery store parking lot.
Carina Saunders watched as her killer tortured, murdered and dismembered other victims.
There has been a development in the case of Carina Saunders and the twist in the story is so horrific that Oklahoma City will remember this story for years to come. Carina was a 20-year-old woman who was kidnapped with the goal of entering her in a human trafficking circle. However, the kidnapper, 33-year-old Jimmy Lee Massey, did whatever he could to scare her into doing what he pleased, including killing people in front of her.
According to NY Daily News, Massey “kidnapped a 20-year-old woman and forced her to watch others torture and kill another woman so that she would cooperate with a human trafficking ring.” Oklahoma police cannot find a connection between Saunders and the victim she had to see die, but both the victim and Saunders knew Massey. The victim’s name is not being released at this time. “Evidence in our investigation has led us to believe that she had been expected to provide certain things to this trafficking group and that she had not been performing to their satisfaction,” a detective said in a statement.
Carina Saunders was found beheaded on October 13 behind a grocery store. There is no indication that she has been involved in criminal activity. In fact, she is just a victim of an evil man’s crimes and desperation to get her involved in human trafficking. “She had relationships within these loosely associated people, and I think that she was a victim of opportunity,” the police have shared.
Massey has been arrested in connection with Saunders’ murder and formal charges are pending. He has “provided details of Saunders’ torture, killing and dismemberment and disposal of the body,” according to NY Daily News. Although he is admitting to the killings, he is still an evil face in the local Oklahoma community.
Officials now believe Saunders’ murder and beheading is linked to the Mexican cartels.
Three beheadings in two different states and they happened here in the United States, not Mexico.
Former DEA supervisor Phil Jordan says all three beheadings have cartel written all over them. They happened in Arizona and Oklahoma in the past year.
A murder mystery is now unraveling on a stretch of North Reservation Road in Tucson, Ariz. County workers found a headless man lying on the side of the road Jan. 6. The man’s hands and feet were reportedly missing, too.
“It would lead me to believe the message wanted to be sent. This is one of the ways they do it in Mexico, Colombia and other places,” says Jordan.
Jordan says the cartels are getting bolder in carrying out their beheadings across the border. He says we only used to see these crimes in Mexico.
“They don’t have any borders,” says Jordan.
More than 600 miles from the border, a 19-year-old human trafficking victim was found beheaded in Oklahoma. Carina Saunders was stuffed into a bag and left in a grocery store parking lot.
“People know if they get on the wrong side of the fence, they’ll be dealt with,” says Jordan.
The police chief in the area says two men running the trafficking ring killed Saunders to send a message to the other victims. Jordan says the cartels’ calling card is all over this case. Trafficking and smuggling are their top moneymakers. Revenge is the price of doing business.
“Definitely a cartel hit,” says Jordan.
Investigators in Chandler, Ariz., say cartel operatives came from Mexico to kill 38-year-old Martin Alejandro Cota Monroy. His beheaded body was found in his apartment.
“One is too many; two is too many. Three should send an alarm,” says Jordan.