In Puerto Rico, the political discourse is dictated by a female puppet called La Comay

But in recent years La Comay has taken to championing the causes of high-profile crimes that have gone unsolved, such as the Paredes Cintrón case, or that of eight-year-old Lorenzo González Cacho, better known as “el niño Lorenzo,” who was killed in March of 2010, and who is permanently memorialized with a makeshift altar at the right of La Comay on every broadcast. No arrests have been made in the case, and La Comay has gone hard after his mother Ana Cacho, who she considers a suspect. The case had a major development two weeks ago when William Marero, an ICE agent, was declared a suspect in the case, and his lawyer claimed it was a political maneuver by the Fortuño administration during election season.

La Comay has also been accused of homophobia, and when confronted by LGBT activist Pedro Julio Serrano, who went to the FCC after the marionette used a derogatory word for a male homosexual, was forced to apologize, vowing never to use the word again. While not much about Santarrosa’s personal life or sexuality is known, Rodríguez Cotto mentioned that he went through a bitter divorce. La Comay was embroiled in more accusations of homophobia this year when she  questioned the decision of the Miss Universe pageant to allow transgender women to compete.

Still, Comay/Santarrosa’s focus on unsolved crimes has struck a deep chord among Puerto Ricans, who are suffering from one of the worst surges in violent crime ever experienced there. Not only has the crime rate exploded, but whether due to incompetence or lack of staff and funding, the Puerto Rico police leaves an uncomfortable number of violent crimes unsolved. La Comay uses a populist approach to gain sympathy by focusing on the wealthy, who she implies escape prosecution by using their influence with the police.

The Parades Cintrón case has gained a lot of momentum on the show because it seems to be a textbook example of this phenomenon. Paredes’s husband, Pablo Casellas, is a suspect but until recently had not been indicted supposedly because of the influence of his father, who is a local Supreme Court judge. Super Xclusivo has continually sent camera crews to the Casellas-Paredes posh home in Guaynabo and re-runs footage of the judge, Salvador Casellas, lurking around during the police investigation.

Last month, La Comay stepped up the pressure by using one of his regular reporters, Jessica Serrano, to ambush the elder judge. One night, after insisting that Paredes’ missing computer held important clues, La Comay teased the viewers. “Look at this video!” she shouted, as a video runs of an older unidentified man walking down an Old San Juan street in a guayabera, carrying a briefcase. “Who is this man? What could he be carrying in that case?”

The next night the video was close-up, and Serrano pursued Judge Casellas as he entered a local church.

“Did you enter the crime scene?”

Silence.

“How do you feel that Pablo is suspected?”

“No comment.”

“What are you carrying there?”

“I have no comment,” said the judge, entering the church. “Respect the house of God!”

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