When he arrived in Mexico City, he contacted her, who insisted on picking him up somewhere. León Miranda told her to pick him up at the Library of Mexico, La Ciudadela. “I did not even know where the library was,” he says to Los Ángeles Press, “and there I waited for her sitting on a bench, until I saw two modern, black vans arrive and she showed up with some bodyguards. When I approached, she told me to get in the van behind, that we were going to the Assistant Attorney General’s Office for Special Investigations on Organized Crime (SIEDO).”
León Miranda was taken to the facilities of the SIEDO. She gave him a pass to a small laboratory, where a woman drew a blood sample. Then an officer asked him to put a splint on his right hand to immobilize it, and they went to another cubicle. Isabel told him not to say anything and introduced him as José Enrique del Socorro Wallace Díaz. Isabel also told the officer that she was going to sign for him because he could not move his hand. When they were alone, Isabel told León, according to his testimony, that she signed the documents as Wallace.
Carlos León Miranda feared for his life and that of his children, and he did not contact Isabel again, nor did he know the results on the blood sample he had provided. Years later, he learned through the press that the defense of the accused had questioned the expert opinion of the one-centimeter blood drop because they said it was a woman’s blood, and in response the expert explained it as a “clerical error.” The genetic graphs of the expert witness were disappeared by the PGR, and to this day the doubt persists as to whom the drop of blood belonged. At the beginning, the defense speculated that it was Claudia Wallace Diaz’s, half sister of Hugo Alberto and biological daughter of Enrique Wallace and Isabel Miranda.
Hugo Alberto’s stay with his biological father
“I understand that Hugo Alberto was interned at the Oceánica clinic, Well, when he came here to Ensenada, he was involved with drug dealers,” Carlos León Miranda says. Since he started teaching at Colegio Aztlán, one of the schools where Isabel Miranda Torres worked as director despite not having professional accreditation, Hugo Alberto was a cocaine user. All this was confirmed by his father, one other reliable witness, and one of his classmates whose identity we are not disclosing.
Hugo visited his biological father in Ensenada for the first time at the end of October 1994. Isabel had denied her son information about his father and had forbidden León to see his son since he was 4 years old. However, he had insisted on having joint custody, until he received gun death threats from Isabel’s brothers. One of them, dressed as a federal police officer and gun in hand, threatened him in a parking lot. Carlos León told him that he only wanted to see his son and not to bother Isabel. But Isabel’s brother uttered insults and death threats in response. Carlos told him that if he took off his uniform and put aside the gun, they could settle things. But the angered man did not react.
When Hugo went to see his father in 1994, he was already 25 years old and was married to Erika Monsiváis Tenes. They had Andrea Isabel, their biological daughter. Hugo’s father let them stay at his home, property that his mother María Guadalupe Miranda Romero had helped him buy. Carlos León lived with his partner, a nurse he had known since 1971, when they worked together at the ISSSTE. From this union, the only son born with his father’s surname was born.
According to other testimonies, Hugo’s main cocaine supplier was El Mortal, a local dealer he already knew about. In those years, he would spend about five thousand pesos a day on drugs, in addition to alcohol. He lived with his half brothers, at the father’s insistence. At night, while Hugo would go out partying, he would leave his wife Erika and her daughter at his father’s house. That was how Erika, talking about the family’s memories, realized how Hugo was conceived.
Isabel was 17 years old and was living with her aunt María Guadalupe Miranda Romero, mother of Carlos. He was a surgeon, had two children and worked in a pharmacy that his mother had set up in Colonia Roma. Isabel would come to his house, where he lived with his wife and children, and would ask him to take her on motorcycle to Cuautla, where they would buy marijuana and alcohol. That is how they came to the civil registry of Amecameca, State of Mexico, to get married. Months later, Hugo was born and registered within a year, at the Xochimilco Delegation.
The family story was told to Erika and Erika told Hugo, during one of those early mornings. After knowing that story, he became very upset and immediately called up his mother. Grandfather Fausto Miranda Romero, Isabel’s father, picked up the receiver:
“Grandpa, let me talk to mom!”
The answer on the other side of the receiver could not be heard.
“I’m telling you to let me talk to mom! Let me talk to her!
“ I don’t give a damn! Let me talk to her!”
“Is it true that you used to smoke pot with Carlos?”
Suddenly, Hugo Alberto threw the cell phone on the floor, and his face became an intense red out of anger. He then spoke to his wife.
“Let’s go, Erika! For our own well-being! Let’s go!”
Hugo’s father, at these early morning hours, took them in his car to Tijuana so they could take a flight back to Mexico.
Why wait until now?
Carlos León Miranda, in an interview for Los Ángeles Press, minutes prior to his appearance before the Attorney General’s Office, said that his silence all these years had been due to fear. The arrival of Andrés Manuel López Obrador changed his perception of the situation. He even said he had met Mexico’s president when he greeted him in person in the city of Tijuana, where he handed him a project for the cure of HIV-AIDS and other diseases of the immune system using homeopathy. Carlos had dedicated himself to study and specialize in various branches of medicine. He studied homeopathy to counteract the side effects of modern medicine and because his patients could not pay for the high costs of pharmaceutical products. He took courses in Cuba, Arizona, Mexico, and the northern border.
However, Carlos has lived in fear because of threats from Isabel and her brothers. The entire family was asked to keep quiet not only about the fabrication of Hugo Alberto’s kidnapping, but also about Hugo’s biological father and Carlos León’s marriage to her, all this before the fabrication of the kidnapping was made. Isabel used agents of the SIEDO-PGR for her threats and to fabricate the evidence that was necessary in the file or to disappear the one that the defense of the accused was bringing. This was the case with the genetic graphs of the blood sample, Enrique Wallace’s signature, the no-criminal-record letter that was fabricated for the Chicago Court on behalf of Hugo Alberto, signed by an anti-kidnapping prosecutor who was no longer working at the PGR, among other documents.
Los Ángeles Press asked Carlos León about the accident of another of his children. He looked at the camera in front, and tears came to his eyes. It was about Máximo Antonio Miranda Rodríguez, 25, he had with his first wife. He had a road accident that cost him his life. However, there were witnesses that said that Antonio’s accident, “Toñito”, as his father still calls him, could have been provoked. On video, León Miranda points out that this alleged accident could have been related to Isabel, because it happened between six months and a year before Hugo’s disappearance. Hugo even went to Antonio’s funeral, and Isabel called him on the phone to offer his condolences.
“I’ve been very stupid, that’s how they have treated me,” León says, as he recounts the accident of his son Antonio. The alternative version that was given was that Antonio was in his car, when a black truck caught up to him, and once side to side with the young man’s car, from the window, someone made signs to him with an object as if it were a gun. Antonio sped up his older-model car, and when crossing a bridge, he lost control of the car. He was still alive after the impact. But he suffered long before he died, says León.
“It is not fair or legal what Isabel did, it has been many years of suffering for the whole family. She would even pose as if she were the virgin of Guadalupe. How can a person have such a big ego?” Leon stares at the ground, while the prosecutor calls him to testify.