In Michoacán, with its significant population of traditionally
independent Tarascan Indians and its impressive colonial cities and
striking landscapes, The Knights Templar have added their own sinister
complement to the panorama of local crime: systematic extortion on an
unprecedented scale. Anyone who resists risks loss of property or life.
The Knights squeeze homeowners, pharmacies, doctors’ offices, schools,
industries, gas stations, public services, even tortilla factories and
growers of lemons. No one is safe.