Has anyone else watched the show Criminal Minds on ion television? For those who are unfamiliar with the program, Criminal Minds is about the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) of the FBI who travel to help solve murders in areas where the local police have been unsuccessful. The BAU aids law enforcement officials by providing them with a profile on the killer based on evidence left at the crime scene and the nature of the crime itself.
Last class we discussed the concept of machismo in Latin American culture and it took me back to an episode from season 1 of Criminal Minds in which the team flies to Mexico to help catch a serial killer who targets elderly women. In the show the characters repeatedly discuss the concept of machismo in regards to the case they're working and as it applies to Latino culture in general. The lead detective of the Mexican police squad comments that the BAU's tactics are not completely adequate for profiling in Mexico because it doesn't consider the important role of family and machismo in Mexican culture.
Here is the episode:
I also thought the following scenes were notable and wonder what others think:
While flying to Mexico, JJ asks why there are so few serial killers in Mexico, Hotchner and Gideon tell her that there are probably many, but few are documented. “It’s the Chikatilo syndrome,” remarks Gideon. Reid explains that Russian serial killer Andre Chikatilo wasn’t caught until he’d killed over 50 people, mostly because the soviets refused to believe that there could be a serial killer in soviet society. They assumed serial killers were a product of American culture. In Mexico it is believed that serial killers arise when the family breaks down, and there are 12 times more broken families in the USA than in Mexico. It’s possible there are fewer serial killers in Mexico, Gideon states, “But in my experience, evil is not a cultural phenomenon, it is a human one.” (Summary taken from: http://www.tv.com/criminal-minds/machismo/episode/648961/recap.html?tag=episode_recap;recap)
There's a scene in which Roberto's sister, Rosa, comments that they--referring to the American FBI--do not understand the shame her brother's homosexuality brings onto the family, ending her comment with the statement "La familia es todo".
The show also deals with the idea that rapes in Mexico are rarely reported because the men who commit these crimes have some sort of power over the women and there is the feeling that the police do not see the importance of such.