When “fake news” and gossip kills people

Way back, in the first year of this blog, I described how township gossip led to the death of a friend, in the most horrific and ghastly way imaginable.  It remains one of my most painful memories. Now comes news that unfounded rumor has led to two more deaths, just as ghastly. Ricardo Flores’ goal was to study hard, become a lawyer and earn enough so that his parents could return from the United States — the destination of multitudes from this impoverished corner of south-central Mexico. . . . That dream came to a violent end one afternoon last month after

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