Mar 8, 2016

New Mexico's 'West Mesa' serial victims remembered

Irene Blea's book cover

Book author holds video conference

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Irene Blea, author of "Daughters of the West Mesa," conducted a video conference today concerning the city's unsolved serial murder case.

The event was intended to coincide with the March 8 International Day of the Woman.

The fiction novel is based on a true story. In 2009, the remains of 11 young women and a unborn baby were discovered on the West Mesa at the edge of Albuquerque. 

"This presentation will look at what happened, and what is happening to solve these murders seven years later," according to her publicity material.

Over the course of her career, Dr. Blea (Ph.D) has written and published seven university text books, four poetry chapbooks, at least 30 academic articles, and has developed and taught the first of many classes on U.S. Hispanics/Latinos with an emphasis on women.

Two of her textbooks: "Toward A Chicano Social Science" and "La Chicana and the Intersection of Race, Class and Gender" are considered classics in her field by her publishers.

Blea has received numerous awards for her scholarship, her human rights work and community service.