Border Author, Reporter Charles Bowden Dies

By Mónica Ortiz Uribe
September 01, 2014

Author and reporter Charles Bowden, best known for writing about life along the U.S.-Mexico border, has died.

Bowden began his career as a crime reporter for a now-shuttered newspaper in Tucson. He later authored some two dozen books, some of which indulged in his fascination with the U.S.-Mexico border. His work transported readers to the gritty underworld of border towns, tackling subjects like immigration, factory work and the drug trade.

In a 2009 article for Harper's magazine Bowden detailed his interview with a hit man who worked in Ciudad Juárez, at the time known as Mexico's murder capital. Some of his titles include "Down by the River," "Blood Orchid," and "Juarez: The Laboratory of Our Future".

Bowden was 69. He died in his sleep Saturday at his home in Las Cruces, N.M.