One U.S. city has had more than one reported kidnapping every day since 2007. It’s the kidnapping capital of America – just part of the fallout from Mexican drug cartels extending their reach into U.S. cities and towns. CNN.com has put together a fascinating spread that gives us all new insight into this huge problem, its perpetrators and its victims. Eliott McLaughlin, reporting from Phoenix, also got tape of kidnappers’ phone call to the wife of a hostage. You can hear the hostage scream. (It’s not blood-curdling, but it is a scream. We warn you when that’s coming, so if you want to hit mute for those few seconds, go for it.)
Here’s our conversation with Eliott about kidnappings, violence, drug cartels – and the underground operations in cities and towns all over the country. We even show you how to learn about what’s happening in your city.