Former Death Squad member reveals what it's like to murder someone
Mr Corona took to a life of crime at 12-years-old. (Picture: Getty)

A former hitman, who murdered at least eight people during his time as a member of a drug cartel’s elite Death Squad, has revealed what it is like to kill someone.

Martin Corona was once a paid member of the  Arellano-Félix Mexican cartel’s elite Death Squad, according to the New York Post.

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The cartel had dominated the Southern California drug trade.

But now, he is revealing all in his memoirs, in an effort to prevent other people taking the path he took.

‘I’m not proud of my past,’ Mr Corona said.

Former Death Squad member reveals what it's like to murder someone
Benjamin Arellano Felix (Picture: Reuters)

‘It’s really humiliating waking up and looking at yourself in the mirror knowing the things you’ve done.’

Now 53, Mr Corona has killed several individuals, including a soldier in Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán’s cartel.

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Growing up near San Diego, Mr Corona played Little League football and was a Boy Scout as a child.

But he turned to shoplifting and drug dealing when he was a 12, after a man who had tasked he and a friend to mow his lawn, paid the boys in marijuana instead of money.

He also claimed he lost ‘the trust factor’ when he find out the man who he had believed to be his biological father, was not.

Former Death Squad member reveals what it's like to murder someone
His memoirs reveal the sordid details of his life (Picture: Penguin Publishing Group)

After spending many of his early years in juvenile detention, Mr Corona made connections which eventually secured him a job in the cartel.

‘These people accepted me. They treated me with respect, and at the time, it seemed like admiration and love,’ he said.

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As an enforcer, he would sit in a Mexican house for five days a week, waiting for the call of his next job.

On one assignment, he was told to shoot two Tijuana women who were suspected of informing.

After shooting the women as they sat in car, Mr Corona looked in the back seat and found the seven-year-old daughter of one of them.

It was this job that prompted Mr Corona to leave the cartel, 16 months after he started working for it.

He later found out that the government had an extensive file on his cartel activity.

He decided to make a deal with prosecutors in exchange for testimony against other enforcers and several high-level cartel members.

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Mr Corona is now in witness protection, but insists he does not fear his enemies coming after him as he did not get to where he was ‘being a coward’.

‘I’m not gonna sit there and be looking over my shoulder and live in fear the rest of my life,’ he said.

Mr Corona’s memoirs Confessions of a Cartel Hit Man will be published on July 25.

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