Yes, Juan. Crack Cocaine is a Big Problem in Downtown Brownsville. But, Don't Forget About Huffing, Homeless and Yes, Even Serial Killers!
|Man, Wife and Dog, First Noticed at|
City-Purchased Building in 2012
|Jeffrey Cutlip, Oregon Serial Killer, Sexual|
Predator, Heroin, Crystal Meth Addict,
on Cover of Latin Jazz Festival Magazine
Cutlip, smooth-tongued, manipulative, smarter than most, dominated downtown in 2012. Patrons shared drinks at the Crescent Moon. Locals gave him clothing and food. On colder days, Cutlip would scour the Valley Baptist Medical Center parking lot for a discarded, plastic wristband, then sit in a waiting room with his wrist visible to the occasional security guard.
So enamored was downtown Brownsville with Cutlip, who sported a hard rocker look, a guitar on his back, that he appeared on the cover of the Latin Jazz Festival Magazine, as pictured above.
In July 2012, after learning Cutlip had killed in Oregon, I called 911 to report a murderer at a bus stop on Central Blvd. On my third call, the BPD dispatcher told me a detective had assured her Cutlip was "alright." The next day, Cutlip turned himself into the BPD and was eventually extradited to Oregon
Brownsville remains a haven for the homeless, locals and some traveling from afar. A covered back entrance to an unoccupied building that fronts Elizabeth Street, is a shaded refuge for four residents smoking something Monday afternoon.
One of the squatters seems to have set up a more permanent sleeping situation for himself, while the others sit on chairs, smoking, existing, out of sight.
An artist, proud of her graffiti art, designated "The Eye," even posed for a picture. After I took several photos, she asked to see them, expressing some disappointment that her "belly button" was showing.
So-called "huffers" also appear downtown. An urban dictionary defines a "huffer" as "a person who inhales various chemical fumes for intoxicating effect."
Diego Lee Rot, photojournalist for the Brownsville Observer, noticing a huffer downtown, took the photos below.(Diego, contrary to blog policy, gave the at risk man monetary compensation for the photographs.)