DJ was the wounded captain shouting orders and leading a wrecked ship on tumultuous waters. On November 26, he wrote a desperate letter to Julián in the USA:
….It is urgent that you and Rodolfo come to Ixtlán …. There are things we need to discuss…. as I had told you before of my hernia it gets worse day to day to the point it may cause my death …. in Mexicali Sell the refrigerator in whatever amount you can maybe by then the house will sell too ….