Conrad Donald “Big D” Garcia

The Leave-it-to-Beaver, white-picket-fenced home of Conrad Donald “Big D” Garcia is filled with his grandchildren, one of them running and jumping into Grandpa’s arms as a friendly smile creases Mister Garcia’s lips, revealing not a hint of the violent drug addict that spent thirty-one years behind bars and helped found La Eme, aka the Mexi-can…

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ROCKY MALLOY

In his 53fifty-three years Rocky Malloy has witnessed the horrors of war and the serenity of peace. He has encountered numerous life and death and near -death experiences, more than once watching his life flash before him at gunpoint. He has seen the greatest suffering and the most spectacular miracles, including, according to him, the…

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Sonny Sandoval

Tijuana, Mexico, is divided by the stateside-inspired McMansions of the new rich; the stick and tarpaper shacks, refrigerator boxes and other shelters a starving coyote could barely crawl into; and an increasing middle class, where parents await the arrival of their kids in clean, starched, Catholic School uniforms. The main street in Tijuana, Avenida Revolucion,…

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Gary Busey

We, the staff of Risen Magazine, are giddy upon knocking on the door of Gary Busey’s modest Malibu home with the immodest view that embraces most of Santa Monica Bay. A muffled voice accompanies footsteps followed by the opening of the door and surprise number one. Where is the expected dilapidated hollow box that once…

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