Maradona and Jesús met while working in a brickyard in San Antonio. Frustrated with the minimal pay and the long, backbreaking hours, Jesús was intrigued by Maradona’s side hustle, moonlighting as a pollero. Maradona got Jesús involved in the world of the Cercas gang, and the two worked as partners. On the day of the Wellton 26’s trek, Jesús—at that point using the alias Mendez—was unable to rouse Maradona. Thus, two stand-ins, Lauro and Santos, were called upon to do the job in his place.
Rodrigo Maradona Character Timeline in The Devil’s Highway
The timeline below shows where the character Rodrigo Maradona appears in The Devil’s Highway. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 5: Jesús Walks Among Us
...in a San Antonio brickyard. He hated the backbreaking work, and, in 2000, met Rodrigo Maradona—a fellow brickyard worker who had an interesting side hustle. Jesús’s testimony would later “shift” away... (full context)
Chapter 6: In Sonoita
Chapter 7: A Pepsi for the Apocalypse