UPDATE: The Pink Flamingo knows exactly where Larry Link was murdered. Back in October I pulled into Steins to check it out, but felt so spooked by the place, I did not even get out to take photographs. I can tell you something of the lay of the land.
The ghost town, which is terribly historic, is about the length of two city blocks. It borders directly on 1-10. It is maybe 50-100 feet wide. The entire are is surrounded by a security chain fence, that would prove to be a bit difficult, keeping honest people out.
When one drives into the parking lot, on the location where Mr. Link was found, dead, near his truck, is surrounded by the chain fence on one side. The rest of the parking lot and road is one of those areas where you have an excellent view of the land. It would have almost have been impossible for Mr. Link not to have seen who killed him.
It would have been very difficult for the murderer to have hidden from his victim.
If Mr. Link was out of his truck, a bit of a distance from it, then he did not feel threatened. Anyone who lives in that area knows the risks, and dealing with illegals is only part of the problem. I suspect Mr. Link not only knew who his killer was, but felt no threat from him/her.
ORIGINAL POST: FOX News and the far right anti-immigration bigots are using the tragic murder of Larry Link, in Steins, NM as a crime committed by an illegal. According to FOX, Steins is right on the border. FOX is turning this into an anti-immigration piece, when there is NO suspect. Steins is NOT on the border. It isn’t even close to the border.
Fox interviewed Jim Chilton, who tried to link the murder to terrorists coming over the border. They are comparing this to the murder of Bob Krantz last year. Chilton is a long time rancher in the area, and a FOX regular. He is an anti-immigration activist.
It is more a Rorschach Test for the anti-immigration haters.
According to NM Watchdog:
“…New Mexico Department of Public Safety officials are handling the investigation and are being extremely tight-lipped about details surrounding the death.
There have been rumors that an illegal immigrant may be involved but a DPS spokesman said there is no suspect in custody. When asked about the stories circulating on the Internet about a possible illegal immigrant being responsible for the death, the spokesman said, “That’s the buzzword … but how can that be when you don’t have a suspect?”
NMDPS released only spare bits of information about the death — confirming that Link was the victim, reporting his age and saying that the body was found at 6:15 a.m. at #6 Summit Road in Steins….”
What is just as interesting is how the story is being covered. It is being reported one way, here in New Mexico, and another in Arizona. Then it is being promoted as an attack by an illegal by the anti-immigration haters.
The Examiner is the worst.
Kimberly Dvorak cites the NCFIRE as a “Source” for her article. This is one of those nasty little anti-immigration groups in NORTH CAROLINA. I gather Ms. Dvorak is not familiar with the geography of the United States. North Carolina is a few miles from New Mexico. The Pink Flamingo ought to know. I lived in South Carolina most of my life.
“…Reacting to the murder, Los Cruces, New Mexico resident, Tammy Hopkins said the government continues to tell the American public, “We have no problem. I give one of them one night alone on my property, and they would damn sure change their minds!”
As word spread yesterday about Link’s murder, groups from around the country shared their thoughts about the senseless crime and porous borders.
“NCFIRE extends our condolences to you and your family. All of our states are saturated with illegal alien crime – murders. So many U.S. families are suffering unnecessarily. In order to not allow these loved ones to die in vain, it is imperative that we take action to change legislation and participate in protecting the border… This must end and only we can force this to happen.”
Steins is at least 60 miles from the border. That is NOT right on the border with Mexico.
Why lie about the location of the little ghost town? It is right on the interstate.
Why say it is on the border when it is not?
The Las Cruces Sun quotes a Hidalgo official. The quote has been picked up and used. What is not mentioned is that Ed Kerr is an anti-immigration activist.
“…Hidalgo County Commissioner Ed Kerr said there is undocumented immigrant and drug activity in the area where Link was killed.
“Last summer in August, I found five bundles of marijuana on my ranch land about 50 feet from the freeway. That can’t be more than eight or 10 miles from Larry’s,” he said. “They were scattered about. One was under the billboard, one was beside the fence. Illegals with empty backpacks had dropped their load. I-10 is, obviously, a connecting point. We’re getting a lot of traffic, more than what we’ve seen in the past couple of years. They have ultra-light planes flying out of Mexico and dropping off bundles and then illegals walking and picking them up.”
Three years ago, Kerr said, he found seven undocumented immigrants hiding in a culvert on his land off of Highway 338.
State Police aren’t releasing many details about Link’s murder, other than to say the shooting had to have occurred prior to 6:15 a.m. Tuesday and Link was found at No. 6 Summit Road, likely by a family member. Hidalgo…”
Summit Road is NOT on the border.
It is a bit ironic that this is being listed as a border crossing. I’ve been through the area often, usually at least three times a year for the past decade. This area as a crossing for illegals is a crock. It is not possible, unless they are being driven down the interstate.
This is a very busy interstate highway.
The Pink Flamingo never met Larry Link. I have friends who know him, and who have worked with him while doing research in his ghost town. It is not a “little” attraction as the usual blond FOX bimbo portrayed it, but a very real, quite historic ghost town. My friend, Jen says that he was a nice guy. She has been on his site several times doing research.
I stopped by there last October, but it was closed. I found the location very strange and a little spooky. It is right on the interstate. Anyone could have committed the crime. To blame an illegal is just plain wrong. I found the site so spooky I did not even get out of the car to take pictures.
The truth of the matter is that I’m not shocked about this crime. It was one of those locations where anyone who a lick of sense just knew it was a matter of time before something really bad happened.
I do hope the town continues to be preserved. It is an important part of our history of the Wild West and the mining industry.