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Genaro Ruiz Camacho
American murderer

Genaro Ruiz Camacho

Genaro Ruiz Camacho
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Intro American murderer
Was Criminal Drug trafficker
From United States of America
Field Crime
Gender male
Birth 14 September 1954
Death 26 August 1998, Huntsville, Walker County, Texas, USA (aged 43 years)
Star sign Virgo
Genaro Ruiz Camacho
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Ellis Unit, the location of the Texas men's death row at the time of Camacho's incarceration
Huntsville Unit, the location of the Texas execution chamber

Genaro Ruiz Camacho, Jr. (September 14, 1954 – August 26, 1998), aka Geno Camacho, was a cannabis dealer and organized crime leader in Texas who was linked to four murders and eventually executed by the state of Texas.


On May 20, 1988, David L. Wilburn, 25, who worked for Sam Wright, 57 and had a mental disability unwittingly interfered when Camacho and two accomplices tried to kidnap Wright, Evellyn Banks, 31, and Banks's 3-year-old son Andre. Wilburn was forced to lay down in Wright's home and was then shot in the back of the head, for no apparent reason. After the murder, Wright managed to escape, but Camacho and his accomplices kidnapped Evellyn and Andre Banks and killed them three days later. After this, he fled to Mexico.

The FBI learned via an informant that Camacho had escaped to the town of Arcelia, in Guerrero State, Mexico. They requested that he be extradited to the United States, but the Mexican authorities claimed that Arcelia and the surrounding area were under the total control of heavily armed drug lords, and that any arrest attempt would result in a bloodbath. Instead, the FBI set up a sting operation to lure Camacho back to the United States. Camacho was arrested as he crossed the border near McAllen, Texas. He was convicted of the murder of Wilburn and the kidnapping and murders of Evellyn and Andre Banks (and that of Pamela Miller, a Dallas topless dancer, the reason for whose killing remains disputed)and sentenced to death. Camacho leaves behind a daughter and two sons, Theresa, Genaro, and, Marco.

Camacho had a last meal of steak, baked potato, salad, and strawberry ice cream, and was executed by lethal injection on August 26, 1998. The execution had to be delayed by two hours, because of difficulties locating a suitable vein for the injection.


The 1988 search for Genaro Ruiz Camacho was the subject of "Cracking the Cartel", episode 4 of the second series of the Discovery Channel's The FBI Files.

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