Juana Barraza is a Mexican serial killer and con artist. Her parents were Trinidad Barraza, a police officer; and Justa Samperio, an alcoholic prostitute. Three months after Barraza's birth, Justa abandoned her husband to begin an adulterous relationship with Refugio Samperio, a married man who was also Justa's stepfather and would become Barraza's own father figure. As a child, Barraza never learned to read and had a rocky relationship with her mother, to whom she barely spoke in her infancy.
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Juana Barraza is a Mexican serial killer and con artist. Her parents were Trinidad Barraza, a police officer; and Justa Samperio, an alcoholic prostitute. Three months after Barraza's birth, Justa abandoned her husband to begin an adulterous relationship with Refugio Samperio, a married man who was also Justa's stepfather and would become Barraza's own father figure.
As a child, Barraza never learned to read and had a rocky relationship with her mother, to whom she barely spoke in her infancy. Lugo would abuse Barraza for four years, impregnating her twice when she was thirteen and sixteen years old; both pregnancies resulted in miscarriages. Barraza finally left for Mexico City after her mother died of cirrhosis. There, she underwent several failed marriages, from which she had four children. Her firstborn died in a gang shooting when he was 24 years old.
During the s and s, Barraza held a variety of jobs and toured central Mexico as a masked wrestler named La Dama del Silencio "The Lady of Silence" , an alias she chose in reference to her own shy, silent personality. In , short of cash after the birth of her fourth child, she began to steal items from shops and later evolved to burglarizing homes.
The two dressed in white clothes and pretended to be nurses in order to gain access to the homes of elderly people living alone, robbing them once they were inside. Flores met Barraza after a burglary that she had committed alone and he demanded 12, pesos in return for not arresting her. In , Barraza retired from wrestling, where she earned to pesos per fight, and her situation became desperate.
Brutal murders of elderly people in Mexico City began to increase in , fueling press speculation about the existence of a serial killer dubbed El Mataviejitas use of "El" indicating a presumed male perpetrator. However, Mexico City police denied any connection between the crimes, and a number of people were imprisoned for some of the murders.
Barraza did not kill again for three months and she might have been inspired to do it again by existing stories about the Mataviejitas , rather than inspiring them herself. The crimes increased sharply afterward. By November 5, , police had enough evidence and witness testimonies to believe that a serial killer was involved and that it was a tall person with rough factions who was posing as a city council nurse or social worker to gain the victims' trust.
In December, the police released a wanted poster with two eyewitness sketches of the Mataviejitas , one more feminine and another more masculine-looking, but the sketches were labeled as persons of interest only and there was no mention of their clothing.
It wasn't until the following year that police finally admitted to the existence of a serial killer. The lack of murders after October made investigators consider that the killer had committed suicide. Barraza was also made to pose next to a bust and eyewitness sketches of the Mataviejitas ; this was criticized as misleading the public into thinking that police had been in the right trail to finding Barraza. In reality, Barraza had been previously at a police station and was even interviewed on a TV program about wrestling just one week before her arrest, all without arising suspicion.
In , Barraza was tried for thirty murders and was found guilty of sixteen of them, and also of twelve robberies. The convictions were mostly for murders she could be tied to through fingerprint evidence. Barraza was sentenced to years in prison, but she will be paroled regardless in , at the age of Barraza approached her victims on the street or knocked on their door, pretending to be a city council nurse or social worker.
Initially, she would disguise herself by simply dressing in white clothes, but later, she acquired a genuine nurse's uniform. Depending on her victims' wealth, she would gain their trust and accede to their homes by offering massages or help in obtaining medicines and subsidies. If her victims were distracted, she strangled them directly; if not, she would beat them first, using moves learned in her wrestling career.
Though she carried a bag with medical tools as part of her disguise, Barraza usually strangled her victims manually or with a ligature taken from the victim's own home, which she would leave at the crime scene. She would also rob the victims after killing them, mostly for her own gain, but she would also keep some of their items as trophies.
Mexico City police used two profiles of the killer, which contradicted each other at times. A physical one based on eyewitness accounts described the killer as "a man, dressed as a woman, or a robust woman, dressed in white, height between 1,70 and 1,75 meters [5'6"-5'7"], robust complexion, light brown, oval face, wide cheeks, blonde hair, delineated eyebrows, [and] approximately 45 years old".
A psychological one, developed by the Mexican Department of Justice after examining cases of serial killers that targeted elderly women in France and Spain, instead called for the arrest of "a man with homosexual preferences, victim of childhood physical abuse, lived surrounded by women, he could have had a grandmother or lived with an elderly person, has resentment to that feminine figure, and possesses great intelligence". While Barraza has yet to be directly mentioned or referenced on the show, she appears to have been an inspiration for the following unsubs:.
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Juana Barraza born 27 December  is a Mexican former professional wrestler and serial killer dubbed La Mataviejitas Sp. All of Barraza's victims were women aged 60 or over, many of whom lived alone. Barraza bludgeoned or strangled them before robbing them. Investigating officers suspected that the killer posed as a government official, offering victims the chance to sign up for welfare programs.
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Request Exam or Desk Copy. When Juana Barraza Samperio, a female professional wrestler known as la Dama del Silencio the Lady of Silence , was arrested—and eventually sentenced to years in prison—for her crimes as the Mataviejitas the little old lady killer , her case disrupted traditional narratives about gender, criminality, and victimhood in the popular and criminological imagination. Marshaling ten years of research, and one of the only interviews that Juana Barraza Samperio has given while in prison, Susana Vargas Cervantes deconstructs this uniquely provocative story. She focuses, in particular, on the complex, gendered aspects of the case, asking: Who is a killer? Access this eBook from one of our digital partners Table of Contents Introduction. Fascinating … not your typical true crime book. Wrestling "Serial murderers, lucha libre wrestlers, gender-transgressing vestidas, prejudiced scientists and disoriented policemen populate the pages of this insightful study of the cultural construction of crime and criminals in Mexico.
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