Foreign Policy Magazine, May/June 2015 print issue.
The Things They Carried. Excerpt:
Earlier this year, 51-year-old Israel Ticas spent three days on a small island off the coast of El Salvador, looking for the bodies of a half-dozen locals who had been murdered and then buried under a layer of mangrove soil. A crowd of people, many of whom were searching for missing family members, watched from the shore. Ticas, however, couldn’t offer any closure to them–not an uncommon event for the lone forensic criminologist in a country that reported some 4,000 murders in 2014 alone….