Abdul Latif Sharif

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Abdul Latif Sharif
Born Adbul Latif Sharif
Died 1 June 2006(2006-06-01) (aged 58–59)
Chihuahua, Mexico
Criminal penalty 60 years in prison
Conviction(s) Murder, Rape
Country Mexico
State(s) Ciudad Juárez

Abdul Latif Sharif (1947 – June 1, 2006), was an Egyptian-born American chemist and chief suspect in the Juárez killings, a decade-long murder spree that began in the Mexican city of Ciudad Juárez in the early 1990s.

Sharif emigrated to the United States in 1970 to work as a high-paid research chemist for a series of U.S. companies, some of which are alleged to have shielded him from persistent accusations of rape and murder. Jailed for 12 years for rape in 1984, Sharif was released early for good behaviour in 1989, committed another rape, and fled to Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, to escape a deportation hearing in El Paso, Texas. After the bodies of young women began to turn up in the desert surrounding Juárez, Sharif was arrested and imprisoned, serving a 60-year sentence for murder in a maximum-security jail in the state capital of Chihuahua, Chihuahua, where he would die of natural causes in a local hospital.

The murders have continued since Sharif's imprisonment and death.


  • Antonio Mendoza, Killers on the Loose: Unsolved Cases of Serial Murder, (Virgin Books 2002), ISBN 0-7535-0681-5 – Study of unsolved serial killing around the world, including Ciudad Juárez.
  • Simon Whitechapel, Crossing to Kill: The True Story of the Serial-Killer Playground, (Virgin Books 2002), ISBN 0-7535-0686-6 – Updated edition of the first detailed study of the Juarez murders.