Jesús Malverde, Patron Saint of Drug Dealers

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Depending on who you ask, Jesús Malverde was either a hero or a menace to the people of Sinaloa. Though details are murky, Malverde, “The King of Sinaloa,”  was killed by authorities who regarded him as a bandit. On the other hand, the people regarded him as a Robin Hood-type character who gave what he stole and fought against oppression. While the church refuses to recognize Malverde as a saint, since his death in 1909, he has been praised as a folk-hero and canonized as the narco-saint.

Malverde’s legacy is captured on several films, each one containing a long interlude of a narcocorrido (a type of Mexican music and song tradition which evolved out of the norteño folk corrido tradition, often depicting drug smuggling, murder, and extortion). In one episode of AMC’s Breaking Bad, DEA Agent Hank Schrader is shown with a bust of Malverde on his desk.

As a bonus, here now the narcocorrido from the second season of Breaking Bad, “Negro Y Azul:”

Via the Upcoming Breaking Bad Auction.

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The Lawyers Patron Saint(s)

Saint Thomas More (beheaded 1535 AD)

Saint Genesius of Rome (beheaded circa 303 AD)

Saint Catherine of Alexandria (beheaded circa 305 AD)

Saint Ivo of Kermartin (natural causes 1303 AD)

Saint Mark/John Mark/Mark the Evangelist (dragged to death 68 AD)

Saint Raymond of Peñafort (natural causes 1275)

The Old Devil

He was deeply distressed and redoubled his plaints,
When he thought that, among the whole number of saints,
His profession had none upon whom to rely,
When assistance was needed or danger was nigh.
‘Twas a very hard case,
Yea a downright disgrace,
That the lawyer should have no attorney in heaven.
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From Saints Star Quest Production Network and The Green Bag.