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Wolf Boys: How Two Boys Became Killers for the Cartel

The book Wolf Boys is the true story of two Texas teenagers who were recruited as killers for a Mexican drug cartel. The story follows Gabriel Cardona and his friend Bart Reta as they were recruited, trained and worked for the Zetas. Former legal affairs reporter Dan Slater first learned about the boys in a […]

Wolf Boys - Dan Slater - Book CoverThe book Wolf Boys is the true story of two Texas teenagers who were recruited as killers for a Mexican drug cartel. The story follows Gabriel Cardona and his friend Bart Reta as they were recruited, trained and worked for the Zetas.

Former legal affairs reporter Dan Slater first learned about the boys in a news article back in 2009. He says it's a story that stayed on his mind for several years, leading him to reach out to Cardona and Reta in 2013 and write them.

He tells Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin what fascinated him about their stories and his thoughts on his book being banned in Texas prisons.

Both Cardona and Reta are serving life sentences.

MORE:
‘Wolf Boys’ Tells The Story Of Americans Lured To Join Mexican Drug Cartel (NPR, Sept. 10, 2016)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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