From 'Socialist Utopia' To 'Silence Of The Lambs' - Venezuela's Overcrowded Prisons Devolve Into Cannibalism

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Once a flagship socialist nation, Venezuela has now devolved into complete chaos as declining oil revenue has resulted in economic ruin, massive inflation, food shortages and spikes in violent crime.  The increasing criminal activity has led to massive overcrowding of Venezuelan jails where felons have been forced to live in squalid conditions.

According to the Independent, one such overcrowded facility was Táchira Detention Center where 350 inmates were housed despite the facility's capacity for only 120 people.  Earlier this month, the adverse living conditions, including insufficient rations for inmates, at the facility resulted in riots that devolved into complete chaos as numerous visitors were taken hostage and 2 inmates were "stabbed, hanged to bleed, and then fed to the detainees."  The gruesome event was orchestrated by a man named Dorancel Vargas (aka "People Eater) who was jailed in 1999 for cannibalism.

Juan Carlos Herrara told local media his son, Juan Carlos Herrera Jr, was stabbed, hanged, dismembered and then eaten at the Táchira Detention Center.


According to reports, 350 men had been crammed into the detention centre, which has a capacity of 120.


Speaking to reporters on Monday, after a visit to the prison three days after the mutiny had subsided, Mr Herrara said: “One of those who was with him when he was murdered saw everything that happened.


"My son and two others were taken by 40 people, stabbed, hanged to bleed, and then Dorancel butchered them to feed all detainees,” referring to the notorious Dorancel “people-eater” Vargas - jailed in 1999 for cannibalism.


"The [inmate] with whom I spoke to told me that he was beaten with a hammer [in order] to force him to eat the remains of the two boys.


"I beg you to give me at least one bone so we can bury him and relieve some of this pain."


"They cut them up and fed them to several [of the fellow inmates], they made the bones disappear. Dorancel cut the flesh."


Of course, we have written numerous times recently about the devolving economic crisis in Venezuela that has resulted in severe shortages of food, clean water, electricity, medicines and hospital supplies all of which have resulted in a desperate population which has resorted to the black market and violence for survival.

Below is a good recap of the current situation from a recent post.

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Submitted by Susan Warner via The Gatestone Institute,

For many Venezuelans, by every economic, social and political measure, their nation is unravelling at breakneck speed.

Today, a once comfortable middle-class Venezuelan father is scrambling desperately to find his family's next meal -- sometimes hunting through garbage for salvageable food. The unfortunate 75% majority of Venezuelans already suffering extreme poverty are reportedly verging on starvation.

Darkness is falling on Hugo Chavez's once-famous "Bolivarian revolution" that some policy experts, only a short time ago, thought would never end.

In a 2007 study on the Chavez years for the Washington, DC-based Center for Economic and Policy Research, Mark Weisbrot and Luis Sandoval wrote:

"[a]t present it does not appear that the current economic expansion is about to end any time in the near future. The gains in poverty reduction, employment, education and health care that have occurred in the last few years are likely to continue along with the expansion."

While it was not so long ago that many people heralded Venezuela as Latin America's successful utopian Socialist experiment, something has gone dreadfully wrong as the revolution's Marxist founder, Hugo Chavez, turned his Chavismo dream into an economic nightmare of unimaginable proportions.

The question of whether Socialism can be an effective economic system was famously raised when Margaret Thatcher said of the British Labor Party:

"I think they've made the biggest financial mess that any government's ever made in this country for a very long time, and Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They always run out of other people's money. It's quite a characteristic of them. They then start to nationalise everything, and people just do not like more and more nationalisation, and they're now trying to control everything by other means."

In short: "The trouble with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money."

When President Nicolas Maduro inherited the Venezuelan Socialist "dream", in April of 2013, just one month after Chavez died, he was facing a mere 53% inflation rate. Today the Venezuelan bolivar is virtually worthless, and inflation is creeping to 500% with expectations of much more. A recent Washington Post report stated:

" expect Venezuela to default on its debt in the very near future. The country is basically bankrupt. It is not easy for a nation to go bankrupt with the largest oil reserves in the world, but Venezuela has managed it. How? Well, a combination of bad luck and worse policies. The first step was when Hugo Chávez's socialist government started spending more money on the poor, with everything from two-cent gasoline to free housing. That may all seem like it's a good idea in general — but only as long as there's money to spend. And by 2005 or so, Venezuela didn't have any."

Chavez had the good fortune to die just before the grim reaper showed up on Venezuela's doorstep. According to policy specialist Jose Cardenas:

"What began as a war against the 'squalid' oligarchy in order to build what he called '21st-century socialism' -- cheered on as he was by many leftists from abroad -- has collapsed into an unprecedented heap of misery and conflict."

Maduro is doubling down on the failed Chavismo economic and social policies that have contributed to an inflationary crisis not seen since the days of the 1920's Weimar Republic in Germany, when the cost of a loaf of bread was a wheelbarrow full of cash.

Demonstrations and public cries for food are the unpleasant evidence of a once-prosperous society being torn apart by the very largess that marked its utopian ideals less than a decade ago.

There are dire reports of people waiting in supermarket lines all day, only to discover that expected food deliveries never arrived and the shelves are empty.

In desperation, some middle class families have organized online barter clubs as helpless citizens seek to trade anything for diapers and baby food, powdered milk, medicines, toilet paper and other essentials missing from store shelves or available only on the black market for double and triple already impossibly inflated prices..

There are horrific tales of desperate people slaughtering zoo animals to provide their only meal of the day. Even household pets are targeted as a much-needed source for food. This is a desperate time for a desperate people.

As things continue to worsen, President Maduro, unfortunately, is doubling down on the proven failed policies and philosophies of "Bolivarian Socialism," while diverting attention away from the crisis -- pointing fingers at so-called "enemies" of Venezuela such as the United States, Saudi Arabia and others.

Efforts to convince Maduro to enlist help from outside have failed, according to a report in the Catholic magazine, Crux:

Maduro has refused to accept help from international charitable organizations, including the Vatican-sponsored Caritas Internationalis, which through different affiliates has tried to send medicine and food.


"Denying that there's a crisis and refusing to let the world send medicine and food is not possible," said Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino, archbishop of Caracas.


The prelate believes that Maduro is refusing to accept help in an attempt to hide the "very grave situation of total shortage," which far from improving, he said, continues to deteriorate.

According to Breitbart:

"The Venezuelan Episcopal Conference, the organization of the nation's Catholic bishops, issued a scathing statement condemning president Maduro for giving the military full control of the nation's food supply, accusing him of being at the helm of a devastating "moral crisis" and crippling every aspect of life in Venezuela."

In what some economists have been calling a "death spiral", the government's failed economic policies are at the same time causing and trying to stem a runaway inflation with price-fixing policies which, in turn, are triggering shortages. Maduro is strongly urging businesses and farmers to sell their goods at severe losses, forcing shut-downs when the cost of doing business becomes prohibitive.

According to a recent Bloomberg report, the black market is thriving because goods are unavailable at prices fixed by the government. There are reports of ordinary people quitting inadequate-paying jobs to set up black market operations, hoping to be able to make enough to sustain life.

A dozen eggs was last reported to cost $150, and the International Monetary Fund "predicts that inflation in Venezuela will hit 720% this year. That might be an optimistic assessment, according to some local economic analysts, who expect the rate to reach as high as 1,200%."

According to a Bloomberg report from April:

"In a tale that highlights the chaos of unbridled inflation, Venezuela is scrambling to print new bills fast enough to keep up with the torrid pace of price increases. Most of the cash, like nearly everything else in the oil-exporting country, is imported. And with hard currency reserves sinking to critically low levels, the central bank is doling out payments so slowly to foreign providers that they are foregoing further business.


"Venezuela, in other words, is now so broke that it may not have enough money to pay for its money."

In the midst of this galloping cataclysm, there is no shortage of pundits who simplistically assert that the catastrophe is caused solely by the international collapse of oil prices. However, according to Justin Fox at Bloomberg:

"The divergence between Venezuela's revenue and spending started long before (the 2014) oil-price collapse. When oil prices hit their all-time high in July 2008, government revenue -- 40 percent of which comes directly from oil -- was already falling. The main problem was Venezuelan oil production, which dropped from 3.3 million barrels a day in 2006 to 2.7 million in 2011. It was still at 2.7 million in 2014, according to the latest BP Statistical Review of World Energy."


"Venezuela isn't running out of oil. Its proven reserves have skyrocketed since 2000 as geologists have learned more about the heavy crude of the Orinoco Belt. But getting at that oil will take a lot of resources and expertise, both things that Venezuela's state-owned oil company, Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA, best known in the U.S. for its Citgo subsidiary), has been lacking in since Chavez initiated a sort of hostile takeover starting in the early 2000s. First he kicked out 18,000 workers and executives, 40 percent of the company's workforce, after a strike. Then he started demanding control of PDVSA's joint ventures with foreign oil companies. One could interpret this in the most Chavez-friendly way possible -- he was aiming for a more just allocation of his nation's resources -- and still conclude that he made it harder for PDVSA to deliver the necessary tax revenue."

Cronyism and corruption prevailed under Chavez when oil was selling at almost $200 a barrel -- at a time when Venezuela could have put some money away for the inevitable rainy day. But President Hugo Chavez and successor president Maduro, were busy buying votes and consolidating power with free giveaways, according to Michael Klare in The Nation.

Behind the doom and gloom Venezuela's collapse is the continuing specter of street crime and murder, according to in a May 2016 report:

"The country's runaway murder rate is just one of the factors driving opposition to President Nicolas Maduro in a country where shortages of food and basic goods are chronic, inflation is running rampant and the government is jailing political prisoners. But it serves as a bloody illustration of just how close to outright societal collapse Venezuela has come since the end of the 20th century, as gangs, guerrillas and militia defend their turfs and traditional authority structures fall by the wayside."

Venezuela's crime rate is one of the highest in the world. Called the world's most homicidal nation, Venezuela has more than street crime, thuggery and murder. Drug cartels, black marketeers, narcoterrorists, white collar criminals and money launderers are unfortunate hallmarks of the Chavez/Maduro legacy.

The ruin of this once prosperous, oil-rich nation might be a harbinger for other nations, such as the United States, which may be tempted into believing that Socialist giveaway policies actually can provide the promise of a free lunch for longer than the next election cycle. Or might that be all many politicians need or want?

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FatTony7915726's picture

Something tells me those inmates would rather starve than eat Hillary's rotten flesh.

J S Bach's picture

The Third World is an alien planet.

Future Jim's picture

They were doing OK after they stole all the oil rigs and other foreign assets, and then they stole the assets of local businesses, but the problem with socialism, is that sooner or later, you run out of other people's money.


Deathrips's picture

Socialisms all good till you run out of other peoples meat.



tmosley's picture


"Once a flagship socialist nation, Venezuela has now devolved into complete chaos"

What do you mean "once"? This is the fate of all death worshipping socialist nations.

Mr. Bones's picture

I'm going to go out on a limb and posit that cannibalism (within the realm of civilization) isn't a nose dive that you pull out of.  The law of the sea and other remote necessities are not applicable.

ACES FULL's picture

Maduro and Chavez didn't appear to be missing any meals in those pics above. Funny how that works in Socialist countries,huh.

Automatic Choke's picture

long pig -- the "other" other white meat.


"we would love to have you for dinner."

Loftie's picture

The Long Arm of Government.

philipat's picture

Hey Loftie, previously known as mofio then santafe then Aristotle of Greece then Gargoyle then bleu then oops then most recently lance-a-lot.

You are a serial spammer and a serial pain in the ass. Might I politely suggest that you go fuck yourself? And get a life.

PS. You might have noticed that my attempt to expose you for what you are is always the same. That’s because your Spam is always the same (Using fake links to your BS site which has no connection to your comments, which are deliberately dramatic to encourage people to click on the fake link) so it seems only fair that my exposure of your crap should also always be the same. An eye for an eye.


Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

I wonder. . . . Does Goldman Sack banker taste like chicken?

TheWorldAsYouKnowIt's picture

For what it's worth, I would like to show you the roadmap to Anarchy: Why we don't need Government to function as a society

Bubba Rum Das's picture

Hi, Loftie!
Previously known as mofio then santafe then Aristotle of Greece then Gargoyle then bleu then oops then most recently lance-a-lot.

You are a serial spammer and a serial pain in the ass. Might I politely suggest that you go fuck Hillary? And get a life.

thamnosma's picture

The vanguard of the proletariat have much important work to do, that's why.

PTR's picture

Some animals are more equal than others. -Napoleon

OverTheHedge's picture

According to local legend, when Albania collapsed after the fall of communism, there was no food or staff to look after inmates in Albanian prisons, so the last guard to turn up for work opened the cells and pointed to the Greek border. The sudden influx of psychopaths has given rise to a morbid fear of all Albanians, who will murder you in your bed for a slice of bread (allegedly this actually happened, allegedly).

Perhaps it is time for Venezuela to export its non-productive members of society....

Vatican_cameo's picture


Not a good idea, the DNC is looking for voters.


Northward! To the USSA! Then they can start their welfare collecting all over again. Gas dont cost cost .02$ but what the hey, it dont matter if someone else is paying for it. They can even get a bammy phone and vote for hildabeast. Sounds like a plan. If they bring their kids w on the journey then they should have plenty to eat along the way. Well move em in somewhere nice like chicago. Or detroit. What could go wrong.

bh2's picture

"Perhaps it is time for Venezuela to export its non-productive members of society...."

A lot of its productive ones left long, long ago. They sold out whatever they had and fled. Many escaped into Colombia to find safety. Others to the US and other countries.

The more prescient people recognize when social collapse is sure to come. They promptly pack their bags and cut their losses. Others who believe the BS and wait too late to get out become the road-kill of history.

A lot of relocated Venezuelan people will never go back after having established themselves in a new life. Why should they? It will take many years for Venezuala to recover its economy and civil society. And that won't begin until the present delusional regime is figuratively or literally hanged from the lamposts by the people.

Recovery is decades away.


WorkingFool's picture

I'm starting a Go Fund Me campaign to buy one way bus tickets for Obama and every other lying hating robbing collectivist piece of shit.

TeamDepends's picture

"....go out on a limb..". Well played, sir!

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) tmosley Oct 18, 2016 9:26 PM

These are the conditions that brought Adolf Hitler to power.

And people today can't understand why.

Blankman's picture

Exactly. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.  The US of A is following down history's path.  Look at the similarities to pre-war Germany.  The majority is being trampled by the minority.  Banks and bankers have corrupted government at all levels.  People are looking for a savior.  We need a reset.  Burn it all.

Ms No's picture

That's because it's the same crime syndicate that brought Germany the pre-war hell conditions and funded Hitler that we are dealing with now.  We just found out that some Zionist working for Goldman Sachs hand picked our presidents entire cabinet.  Then we have George Soros and Saul Alinsky groups caught red handed illegally screwing with our election system.  We know who is in charge.  Every monster as far as the eye can see came from these same assholes as they have only grown in power since WWII.  Wall Street also funded Hilter.  This is a fact.  The only difference now is that it has gone global.

TheWorldAsYouKnowIt's picture

David Irving will tell you how it really is, instead of the Jewish propaganda that we've all been fed.

RedDwarf's picture

""Once a flagship socialist nation, Venezuela has now devolved into complete chaos"

What do you mean "once"? This is the fate of all death worshipping socialist nations."

Great post.  Yes, Venezuala is STILL a flagship Socialist nation.  In fact it is now even MORE of a flagship nation!

NoDebt's picture

"Socialisms all good till you run out of other peoples meat."

You nailed it, DR.  I'm making that into a bumper sticker.


Creative_Destruct's picture

Proposed Venezuela relief program: flesh of Bill, Hillery, MSM, Lynch, Comey, Greenspan ( old & stringy, but hey, anything in a pinch), Summers, Rubin, Paul Ryan, Other Repuke cowards, DNC, RNC, Bernanke, Yellen, Merkel, Soros, all Globalists, etc, etc, etc......

nopalito's picture

Sorry, no seconds. Only one ration per citizen.

zombiefarmer's picture

Eating all those Joos will them sick, evil is poisonous.

ramius's picture

not even a pot made of stalinwood can hold all that poison while it cooks. But the idea is not bad. 

Chipped ham's picture

Venezuela used to be very much first world. Now, not so much. 

Captain Chlamydia's picture

Well, no. It ain't. 

If you live in a country that goes economically down the drain in a couple of years, this happens. Whether it's Venezuela or Zimbabwe, or France, the 'Alien planet ' will become reality. 

Same thing when food becomes scarce overnight - within a week your average primary school teacher is killing zoo animals, your neighbor is eating your dog, your economics professor is eating cat food. 

And my problem is, because I know this will happen with EVERY CIVILIZED SOCIETY ONCE SHORTAGES OCCUR, that I fear my fellow men most. 

ramius's picture

well, there is a small minority who knows how to farm , and has a gun with plenty of ammo to go around. Cities will be death traps, that's why I am happy to live at the country with a 2 acre garden and 12 acres of farmland inherited. Plus a kennel of 6 caucasian mountain dogs and other self protection goodies. 

Oldwood's picture

Zombies NEVER eat their own.

Kidbuck's picture

Maybe they could host the next olympics? I hear that's a cash cow.

nmewn's picture

They just haven't perfected it again, ya knooowah!...the whole nuance of the eternal-revolutionary-communist-utopian-class-struggle-socialist-cronyist-nepotism-family...thingy!

But they DO HAVE the societal misery and political prisoner index thingy down to an ABSOLUTE EXACT SCIENCE.

Maybe some fava beans with a nice chianti would do the trick Maduro ;-)

J Pancreas's picture

Her cankles could support the 300+ prison population for weeks... Then they'd have to work their way up and once they hit those herpes filled moldy folds of bologna theyd all be dead from the other VD floating through her system that they previously ingested.

Crawdaddy's picture

Maybe this is who Sen. Alan Simpson was referring to when he said social security was a milk cow with 310 million teats. Maybe he meant to say wrinkles instead of teats.

The central planners's picture

The problem with socialism is that it eventually becomes into canibalism.