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42: For the Beyond
talked with Roberta about his problems with the custody battle over
Danna. Rebeca lied about having been ill and was going to do
whatever it took to take Danna away from him. He needed to prove
that she had presented false documentation. He needed a better
lawyer. Roberta suggested Arturo Castellanos. He remembered that
Vanessa knew him.
arrived at Vanessa's house and told her that Julio was found dead in
his hotel room of an overdose. She didn't believe it as Julio had no
history of drug use. Her first concern was how to tell Diego.
Jackie told her that they had to go there; Katia was waiting for
arrived at the hotel and was surprised to see Katia there. She told
him she had had a fight with her boyfriend and had checked in. He
and Lascurain introduced themselves to the manager and Lascurain went
into the room. Katia told Bernal sotto voce that she was
certain that Julio had been murdered. He said to let him handle this
and got Lascurain to secure the area.
Borgetti arrived on the scene, which put Katia on the alert.
of death was estimated to have been shortly after 3AM but the
examiner said that they would need an autopsy to determine the exact
cause. The door had been open and it looked as though nothing had
been stolen. It appeared that death resulted from a combination of
alcohol and drugs. Bernal wanted to see the security cameras.
was telling Lascurain that she had gotten up early to go to breakfast
when she found out. Jackie and Vanessa arrived and Katia confirmed
to them that Julio was dead. Vanessa almost collapsed. Jackie asked
for Bernal and Lascurain went to look for him.
went to school to pick up Danna and was snubbed by Diego, Danna had
been earlier that day. She knew that Vanessa must have been upset.
Danna was upset about this and about the custody battle over her.
She had said that she wanted to stay with him. Was that not
important? “Of course it is,” he said. “It's just that
sometimes we go through difficult things.”
and Lascurain tried to reconstruct the events of the previous night.
After Julio had left Katia's room no one had entered it. Julio had
been seen on the terrace. However, Bernal had discovered that the
camera that faced the terrace had been without a signal; it had
sat alone on the steps of the school building. A teacher came out
and found him. She had thought that Vanessa normally came for him.
He said he would walk home, but the teacher would not let him. She
had been told that only Vanessa herself or someone authorized by her
was to pick him up. He said he wanted his father. She suggested
that they go inside and try to make some calls.
could not get over that there had been previous attempts on Julio's
life. This had also been one of the worst moments in their
nightmare. Jackie commented that this situation had been
unsustainable. Vanessa's cell rang and it was the teacher. Vanessa
explained that a horrible situation had taken place and she would
pick him up. When she ended the call Jackie told her she could not
go, as she was too shaken. She would call José and send him.
Vanessa was alright with this.
approached the widows in a very brusque tone, talking about how death
had to have been an overdose. Jackie kept her cool as best as she
could. Katia studied his face as he talked about how none of “us”
could handle another scandal. “Is that clear?” he asked Vanessa
twice. None of them said a word. Vanessa studied Borgetti's face
and knew instinctively that he was involved.
was sitting at an outdoor café trying to reach Katia on his cell.
He left a voicemail that he was waiting for her and to call him back.
three widows had coffee together and Jackie speculated that this had
to be Marcial, Borgetti, or Palazuelos. Vanessa was determined not
to be sucked into their game. Bernal and Lascrain arrived and he
told her that Julio's body could not be turned over yet for a funeral
because of the investigation. She understood.
then pointed out that Katia and Julio had registered at the hotel
within the same hour. He asked whether that was a coincidence. She
said it was and she had had an argument with her boyfriend. Lascurain
asked her about Julio entering her room and she told him that she and
Julio had had a relationship a long time ago. He had wanted to
revive it but she had refused, saying she wasn't going to betray
Vanessa again. He had left and it had only been a few minutes.
Lascurain confirmed that the security camera made this at ten
minutes. Bernal told the widows to return to their homes and he
would contact Vanessa when Julio's body was released.
was playing with Diego on a laptop in Jackie's living room when the
women arrived. He asked his mother why she didn't come for him at
school and why José came instead of his father. José vacated his
seat and Vanessa sat next to Diego. He asked where his father was.
Jackie suggested to the others that they leave Vanessa alone with
Diego. Diego didn't want to be alone with her and told Katia to stay
with them. Vanessa explained that Julio had died in the night.
Diego did not believe her. She had been wrong the first time. He
ran into the next room and started crying. Vanessa followed him, but
he would not allow her to touch him. Katia watched in shocked
silence, not knowing what to say or do.
was angry with himself for failing to protect Julio. His death put
the investigation down the drain because his testimony was now lost.
Kuri told him he had done his best, but he would not accept this.
Lascurain said that if Borgetti didn't do the deed himself it was
either Marcial or some other hired thug. Regardless of who it was
they had no way of knowing because of the camera that did not record
the event. They had nothing.
was depressed because Diego rejected her. Jackie told her to give
him time. They would all need it. Jackie was sure that Julio's
death would alleviate the nightmare for them. Vanessa reminded her
that for Diego the nightmare was only beginning. Jackie told her
that she had to give him all the time he needed.
came to Vanessa's house just as she was arriving. He told her he
needed her help because Rebecca was trying to take Danna away from
him. She told him what happened. She started crying and he embraced
was with Katia and Jackie, also crying. They tried to tell him that
his father would always be with him in his thoughts and in his heart.
While Diego was too young to understand this he hugged both women
who held him as though he were a fragile thing.
spoke with Isabella's nurse and explained the situation. Isabella
was to receive a tranquilizer before being told the news due to her
own health condition. The nurse left the room to get water and the
pill, which she gave to Isabella before handing her the phone. She
took the pill and then the phone. Vanessa told her that Julio had
been found dead, apparently of an overdose. Isabella said nothing.
She touched her chest and silently gasped in shock.
came to Jackie's house to see Katia. She told him that Diego hadn't
stopped crying. He reminded her that the child has experienced his
father's death twice. She had to understand. He tried to persuade
her to come home with him.
and Vanessa talked on the phone. Vanessa wanted Diego home with her
but Jackie said it would be better for him to stay with her for the
moment. After ending the call Vanessa remembered the last weekend
and all the memories, good and bad. The night that Julio stood at
the door, pistol in hand. Pushing Diego in the swing. Making love in
the middle of the night.
following morning Vanessa received a text from Eddy asking how she
was. She did not answer it. Diego remained home from school. A
nanny (or pediatric nurse) stayed with him while he drew. He would
not talk to Vanessa. Jackie and Katia came for her and they went to
the morgue, where they met Bernal. They all entered the room wearing
surgical masks. Vanessa pulled back the sheet. There were various
tattoos on Julio's body, but what stood out was a huge bruise in the
crook of his left arm and two large puncture wounds, almost the
configuration of a vampire's fangs.
few nights later Bernal and Jackie has an assignation at a hotel
where they talked in bed about the situation. He told her that he
could not prove Borgetti's involvement. He was told to remove the
surveillance on Vanessa's house because with Julio dead she was
unlikely to be in danger. Jackie said that this would not bring back
their husbands. She knew that Bernal was looking for justice, but
sometimes things remain unsolved. She said she was worried about his
rivalry with Borgetti. He old her he didn't seek the truth at his
convenience. She would need to be patient, very patient. He was
determined to find out who had killed her husband and the others.
She may have been grateful that he could not see her face at that
moment. His phone rang. He asked “Where? How long ago was he
social worker who had previously paid calls on Vanessa was at her
home again to observe and talk about Diego. She was not concerned
about his behavior. He was sitting at the dining table drawing.
Vanessa was concerned because he was still not speaking to her. The
social worker told her that Diego seems to blame her for his father's
death. He would need time and therapy to realize that she had
nothing to do with it.
and Katia talked about how Julio's death brought about the
reconciliation between her and Vanessa. She talked about how Vanessa
was a good mother and she was concerned about Diego.
went to see her doctor, who told her that she needed to be careful.
She told him she had every motive to do so because she needed to live
many years for her grandson.
and Eddy talked about Rebeca having told the child that she had been
ill. She still seemed unaware that her mother lied like a rug.
and Kuri were at the ditch where Borgetti had dumped Marcial
Mendoza's body. Bernal arrived and they filled him in. They had
taken note of the gunshot wound and speculated that he had bed to
death. They did not know whether Borgetti knew of this yet. This
was another potential witness against him. Kuri made a comment about
Borgetti's expertise at making things look like suicide as in the
Zacharias Zaldiviar example. They knelt around the body. A short
distance away in some dry reeds was Borgetti's missing wedding ring.
spoke with Benjamin about the buying and selling of Farmateca shares.
They had to keep Borgetti from finding out about this. Her shares
were going into his name and she absolutely trusted him to handle
this. [If anyone can provide better detail,
met in the woods with the journalist she had called. She told him
that she resigned from Farmateca upon discovery that the diet pills
were deadly if used too long. She claimed to have communicated this
to Miriam but she chose not to know this. She had a confidentiality
clause in her contract that would put her in prison if she violated
it so this had to be an anonymous discloser.
funeral was that morning. The three widows, all dressed in modest
black, stood with Diego near the coffin. Each was holding a white
rose. José and Natalia stood behind them; Isabella was off to the
right of them. There were some former employees present along with
Eddy, Danna, Sandro, Bernal, Arturo, and Giovanna. Vanessa told
Isabella that perhaps she should not have come. She answered that
her doctor had given her permission but she would not be absent for
her son's funeral. The second one. Vanessa told her that “Nobody
expected this to happen.”
This time nobody expected this.”
gave her a searching look as she stooped down and called Diego to
her. He went to his grandmother and cried. She embraced him as the
coffin was lowered into the grave and the roses thrown in. Giovanna
noticed Eddy exchanging looks to acknowledge Arturo. Giovanna was
surprised they knew each other. Arturo told her that his firm was
representing Eddy in a child custody case. Giovanna said that he is
a great chef and he seemed to be very interested in Vanessa. He
asked whether there was a relationship and she said she thought so.
“They are just as modern or more than we are.”
went to pay their condolences and watched Eddy do the same. Eddy
whispered to Vanessa that they could begin again. Danna and Diego
hugged; they had at last reconciled.
suggested to Katia that they go to Mexico City but she said that now
was not the time. Sshe needed to be around for Diego's sake. He
told her she would make a good mother for his children.
told Miriam that it was a mistake for her to renounce the presidency
of Farmateca. She told him it was a mistake to take it on. He said
“I only want you to be happy” and kissed her, saying he would see
her that night.
made her resignation speech at a meeting the following morning saying
she didn't have adequate experience. At the same time Borgetti met
Benjamin in a bar. Borgetti had been aware that Benjamin was having
him investigated. He made the assumption that Miriam asked him to
and Benjamin denied this, saying he didn't know what he was talking
about. Borgetti talked about watching his stock tradings and talking
with his accountant. Benjamin watched him with suspicion. Borgetti
opened a folder and made a blackmail threat to reveal the contents.
He wrote his Swiss bank account number on a piece of paper and
demanded a transfer. The amount looked like $73,000. Benjamin did
it and Borgetti watched the transfer on his smartphone. Borgetti
gave him the folder and he destroyed the documents. Borgetti had
wanted to get him for fraud.
made another threat if Benjamin continued his investigation. He then
paid him the final insult of saying that he had invited him for
drinks and left the money on the table. [more
details, please, if anyone knows them]
handed the autopsy report to Bernal and it said that Julio died of
asphyxiation. Lascurain was certain that Borgetti was responsible
for this. He had a report that Marcial had been in Panama for six
months until recently. Bernal said he needed all the details even if
it involved a trip there. He didn't want another murder of
Borgetti's to happen.
introduced two new members of the force – Lino Cortes and Barbara
Serna – and paired them with Rico and Ramirez. He stated which
cases they were to work on. She talked about it being an honor to
work under his command after the cases involving the cadavers and the
serial killer La Abuela. Borgetti looked a little nervous but
spoke to Governor Moreno and explained that things would be more
difficult in view of the murder of Julio Zamora. It was going to
take time. The next day Farmateca was going to be audited.
three widows drank mimosas and looked like they thought they were
home free. Jackie knew they were not because Bernal would not give
up on capturing Borgetti.
paid Borgetti a visit at the office. She looked a little depressed
and he asked what was wrong. She told him she was selling her
shares at Farmateca because she saw a new opportunity. He acted
surprised. He asked why she didn't tell him before and she told him
it was because he would not have agreed with her decision. “This
was after I bought those shares for you. And what else have you
hidden from me?”
told the others that Sandro had asked her to accompany him to
Argentina. The others were happy for her. Vanessa wanted to leave
the country but could not do so yet; she still needed to put things
right with Diego.
had handed him the DNA report and he was angry.
gave you the right to order this test? What gives you the right to
know the results?”
your wife gives me the right.”
I did in the past is my problem. I will not permit anyone to
but your past is now your present and you must recognize that boy as
escalated into an argument about her not telling him about selling
the shares. She then decided to leave. He said he would see her to
the car, but she protested that she didn't need his help. They were
just loud enough for Kuri to look up. Borgetti told everyone to get
back to work. Kuri watched him as she followed Miriam. Borgetti
shredded the test results.
Miriam handed another copy to Kuri, who knew that Borgetti would
never have recognized Erick. She asked Miriam why she needed to know
about this. This is the last thing most wives would want to find
out. Miriam answered that she wanted to force him to be a father to
the boy, possibly because she could not become a mother herself.
“Perhaps it would be better if your son doesn't become a man like
went back inside and told the men she didn't think that Miriam had
anything to do with Borgetti's actions because she is a decent woman
who has suffered. She described the confrontation about Borgetti's
paternity revelation and how he had never accepted this. Bernal
agreed and suggested that they ask her about the tattoos. Kuri said
that it was one thing to see her as a good person but another to ask
such an intimate question. Bernal felt that they had nothing to lose
three widows sat in Vanessa's garden and talked about the money that
now would come into Vanessa's hands. She now considered it part of
her inheritance. Jackie suggested considering investing in the
restaurant. Katia returned a pay envelope with a wad of cash, but
Vanessa told her to keep it. She would not take it back because of
her new situation with Sandro. She was not without protection. The
three women toasted their new situations and good fortune.
fortune wheel was hitting rock bottom as his original lawyer told him
there was nothing he could do. The proof Rebeca had provided was
convincing. Eddy was livid, saying that she had never been ill.
Arturo was listening to all this, finally saying that it would take
time and money to prove that Rebeca was providing false information.
She could go to prison if those documents were providing false
testimony or were falsified.
three widows then had some unpleasant visitors. Catalina and Tania
arrived with the stupid ex-girlfriend and cutting remarks about false
friends, specifically about Katia and her dalliance with Julio.
Jackie grabbed Katia by the shoulders and told her not to take the
bait. Vanessa ignored it.
I know the reason for your visit?” she asked.
I express my condolences on the death of your husband,” Catalina
said. “I realize it's only a few days and this may hurt, but I
need to know what Julio was hiding.”
don't have the slightest idea what you are talking about.”
told Senora Tania that he knew who killed his two friends and it was
not Zacharías. We are sure that you are hiding something. That's
why we're here. We want to know the truth.”
this was happening Isabella started working on Diego, telling him
that once his father told her that he wanted her to take care of him.
That they would all be far away from his mother because she had a
boyfriend and other reasons. She said he would live with her in the
house his father grew up in. She asked him if he would like to live
with her. He did not answer; in fact he didn't even smile. He went
to her and allowed her to hug him as she talked about him being
protected and how his father would smile down on him from heaven.
unwelcome visitors insisted that she had to know something because
Zacharias would not have committed suicide. Vanessa told them they
had no idea about any of that. Jackie got fed up and calmly told
them that they had no right to question Vanessa in view of the
current situation. She insisted with all due respect that they leave.
Catalina said they would leave, but that this will not end here. “I
will learn the truth about you, especially about that one,” she
said, pointing to Katia.
out of here!” Katia said to her.
heard voices from downstairs and released Diego, telling him she
needed to see who had come into the house.
son has the right to know who killed his father,” Tania said to
Vanessa. “I don't understand why none of you is looking for
justice for your dead.” Catalina directed Tania toward the door
and they took their leave. Isabella watched from the top of the
met with Miriam in the same restaurant he met her husband in. He
told her what happened and that someone had tipped him off to their
investigation. He had paid the blackmail to avoid going to prison
for stock fraud. This could also interfere with her revenge. She
was upset about the money because her money was her best weapon
against Borgetti. Benjamin apologized, telling her he will reimburse
her and take care of any future blackmail attempts. When she asked
whether Borgetti knew about the video he told her he did not. When
that video is made public it will hurt Irene and she will go after
Borgetti. That would be Miriam's revenge.
boy ran up to the janitress at the police station and handed her a
large brown envelope, telling her it was for Rita Kuri. He ran away
before the woman could stop him or ask any questions. She went
inside with it. However, Rico saw her before she could find Kuri and
took it from her. He said he would give it to her. The janitress
shrugged and went back to her work. Rico opened the envelop, which
has letters taped to the outside, like blackmail notes in old movies.
Inside the envelope was a flash drive.
was at Giovanna's working on her book. Giovanna told her that she
was happy to have her back because the person she saw when she
thought Vanessa was leaving Mexico wasn't appropriate. Vanessa told
her that what she really needed now was work. Giovanna brought up
the subject of Eddy and that she didn't like the fact that they knew
each other. She reminded Vanessa that she had signed a
confidentiality agreement. Vanessa told her she knew that and would
abide by it. Giovanna handed her a blue binder with the new material
and left to go about her business.
was at the cemetery placing flowers on the grave of a 7-year-old girl
named Alexa del Villar who died in 2011. Miriam had been in a plane
crash with her and took care of her because her mother had died.
Alexa later died in an accident. Miriam had her nurse put the
flowers in a specific spot.
was working when Arturo approached her from behind. They talked
briefly about Giovanna and how particular she was about work, then he
poured two shots of tequila. It took a little persuasion but Vanessa
accepted one and they drank a toast.
put the flash drive into his computer and put on his headphones. On
his screen was the video damning Irene over the illegal human trials.
Kuri came down the stairs and the janitress asked wehther she had
received the envelope she had handed to Rico. Kuri looked at Rico
sitting at his desk, but he got up before she could see what was on
the screen. She stopped him before he could get to where he
intended to go. He was headed for Borgetti's office with the
envelope in hand. She took out the flash drive and asked him “You've
seen this, haven't you?” He nodded.
went outside with Arturo where he showed her his two-person open
vehicle, telling her it was good for alleviating stress. He talked
about defending accused murderers and she asked him how he could do
that. He said it depended on things. A defendant who looked like
her was no trouble. They got on the vehicle and took off.
went to her team with the flash drive and told them that Rico had
looked at it and was about to turn it in to Borgetti. Bernal put it
into his computer and played the video. They asked Kuri who sent it
to her. She showed them the envelope, saying she had no idea.
Bernal was satisfied anyway, saying that with that video they could
get an immediate arrest warrant for Irene Palazuelos.
reported the flash drive to Borgetti who asked what Kuri did with it.
Rico told him that she took it to her office, which made him realize
that Bernal would have seen it by that moment. He thanked Rico, who
left his office and closed the door. Borgetti picked up a cell phone
(not his usual one) and called Irene. He got her voicemail, then
tried her land line. She picked up immediately and he told her that
Bernal had the proof. She was to destroy her cell phone and leave
the country. She asked why she should trust him and he told her she
had no other options. He would protect her on her way.
ended the call and removed some things from a drawer in the
sideboard. She then took the memory card from her cell phone and
flushed it down the toilet.
left his office and called for Kuri, who was at an outside desk.
Bernal came out of their team's office telling her that all the
police cars were to be on their way to Farmateca.
suppose you Rico told you about the video that was sent to Rita in
which we found out that Irene Palazuelos was responsible for the
clandestine laboratories from which the dead missing people came.
I'm going right now to Farmateca.”
She won't be there. She had resigned and my wife took over as
director until today and it now has no director. Therefore it's
better to look for her at her house.”
send some of the cars to Farmateca and others to Las Palmas
know the address of her house?”
I suppose you also do.”
go with the Lascurain to Farmateca. I will go to Irene Palazuelos'
go with you,” Borgetti said to Bernal.
won't be needed.”
want to make sure she doesn't escape.” He told Rico to get all
forces ready. Everyone filed out.
food expo's contract with a hotel was cancelled. Giovanna said she
had a garden that could work. The manager said that a smaller place
would probably work better.
and Vanessa were having a good time on the vehicle, finally pulling
back into the garage. Vanessa was thrilled to pieces and Arturo took
advantage of this and kissed her. When he tried the Valentino move
she got free and protested that this was wrong. “You are married
and I work for your wife! How ridiculous is that?”
let me explain! Wait!”
didn't. She ran away immediately. Arturo looked appropriately
approached Eddy commenting on the dish he had named for Vanessa.
“It's a pity you've separated,” she said.
told you? She works for you.”
my husband, Arturo, told me.”
repeat, it's a pity it didn't work out for you. I like Vanessa very
wasn't for lack of love; it's about her son. He could not handle
what had happened between us.”
see. You loved her very much. When we name a dish for someone it's
because they're special to us. If you want my advice, insist. Since
her husband died, get closer to her, be with her. If you keep your
distance someone else may get her. I know what I'm talking about.”
excused herself and left him standing there. He looked as though he
had a bad vibe from this encounter.
and Natalia approached Jackie about being their surrogate. She was
caught very much by surprise. She asked José if he wanted to be a
father and he said he did.
journalist who had met with Irene did some homework and saw a report
on the chemicals used in Dietrix and their effect on brain chemistry.
was at the bus station asking for departure times. The first answer
did not please her so she asked for the first bus going to a city
with an international airport. The computer came up with a bus in
thirty minutes to Cancún. She paid the four hundred something
pesos, the clerk entered the information, and she gave her real name
when asked. The clerk told her where the departure gate was.
Bernal's earlier statement, Borgetti managed to go to Irene's house.
There was no answer at the front door. Bernal shouted into the
intercom that if the door wasn't opened they would force it. At the
silence all took out their pistols. Borgetti did as well.
Natalia left Jackie told José she wanted to talk to him. She told
him he wasn't thinking this situation through. He wanted to rescue
Natalia but he had no clue what it would be to be responsible for a
child. A child needed a family. She asked him what the real reason
was for this.
police entered Irene's mansion and looked around. Guns drawn, they
split up and went into different rooms. Borgetti went into the room
with the sideboard. The drawer that had contained the damning cell
phone was still open, a red garment visible. Bernal called Lascurain
and they exchanged information. Since she was neither at home nor at
Farmateca Bernal said they needed to contact airports and bus
stations. When he ended the call he said “Someone must have warned
agreed and said “Let's go.”
was frustrated again that Borgetti must have been two steps ahead of
arrived at Jackie's house upset. She told her what had happened with
Arturo. She told her that she had responded at first but realized in
the moment that this was wrong. Jackie told her that these things
happen and she should forget about it. Vanessa had been carried away
in the moment. She was confused.
waited at the bus station. She carefully threw away her cell phone
in a trash receptacle. The intercom announced that the bus to
Cancún was boarding. She took out her ticket and went directly to
the gate. Two female cops were there; one was making a call on her
cell while the other asked for her identification. She took out her
passport. One took the passport and the ticket.
something wrong?” she asked.
just that your bus isn't ready. Have a seat and we'll talk in a
sat down. One of the cops showed the alert on her cell phone. The
other made a call on the police line saying they had the suspect in
room three. They were to send in all forces.
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