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Authors: Vincent Cabeza de Baca and Juan Cabeza de Baca

Title: The "Shame Suicides" and Tijuana

Subtitle: -

Journal: Journal of the Southwest

Volume: 43

Issue: 4

Year: Winter 2001

Pages: 603-635

ISSN: 0894-8410 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | Mexican History: American History, U.S. History | Cases: Offenders / Luis Amador, Zenaido Llanos; Cases: Victims / Audrey Peteet, Clyde Peteet; Victims: Shame, Suicide


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Abstract: »Recounts the Thomas M. Peteet family suicides, including Thomas, his 26-year-old stepdaughter, Clyde, his 19-year-old daughter, Audrey, and his wife, Carrie, in San Diego, California, in 1926. The suicides happened after a family trip to Tijuana, Mexico, in January 1926 in which there was purported to be drinking, kidnapping, and rape of the daughters. The suicides became an international incident as both countries investigated, eventually finding that the Peteet family was known for drinking and prostitution. However, the stereotype of Tijuana as an unsafe place had already been created.« (Source: America: History and Life)

Reprint: Cabeza de Baca, Juan, et al. »The "Shame Suicides" and Tijuana.« On the Border: Society and Culture Between the United States and Mexico. Edited by Andrew G. Wood. Lanham 2004: 145-176. – Bibliographic Entry: Info

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