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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Enriqueta Marti

Enriqueta Marti kidnapped children from the streets in Barcelona, then boiled away their flesh and crushed their bones for ingredients for her coveted 'magic potions'. Said to be prevent ageing, the potions were snapped up by the ranks of the wealthy until two children were found alive in Marti's house.

Hidden behind the insipid name of Enriqueta Marti i Ripollés, there is the lady who in 1912 w
as sadly and famous better known with the truculent nickname of the Vampire of Barcelona.

This woman was a terrible serial killer of children. The main difference with other ones is that she never did it because any kind of mental disease but because it was her business, providing with it, some of the most disgusting and perverted inner needs of the high society ladies and gentlemen of the Barcelona of that era.

This woman was a looking good young girl when she came to Barcelona at the late 19th decades. She started working as servant in several bourgeois houses. Soon she realized he would earn a lot more money taking profit at her beauty and sweetness working as prostitute. After a time doing this job she learnt a lot about some of the darker and rotten wishes some humans have and, after saving enough money to rent a nice apartment, she decided to open her own brothel in 1909. But not a normal one: Enriqueta Marti used her sweetness and sneaky abilities to kidnap kids – from five to fifteen years old! - and use them as prostitutes for some of the richest and fully depravated men of Barcelona.

Enriqueta Marti brothel was discovered by the police as well. But some hidden hand, from a mysterious ‘one’, who had a high influence, helped her to get out the jail. Since then, she started an even more terrible business, in a new place, in the middle of the Raval quarter, a very poor zone of the city.

The new business consisted in to kidnap children from three to twelve years old. Once she got them, she used some for depravation, as she did before the arrest. But now, she decided to select some of them for being killed for taking out their fat, blood and bones to create her own elixirs and ‘facial crèmes’. With that final product, she provided a selected group of distinguished ladies from the high society of Barcelona. Those ladies known very well from where all those products came, but they considered poor children nothing more than a piece of rubbish. Then, it was extended the superstition that the blood of young kids were good for long life, and their fat great for conserving a young skin.

During the day, Enriqueta were dressed in very poor style. It was the best way for avoiding to be suspicious when she were looking for the best kid to kidnap.
At the fall of night, she usually went out home dressed, wearing the most expensive jewellery even. Then she went to El Liceu (the glamourish Opera Palace in Barcelona) when she enjoyed the plays or attended the call of some well connected new owner.

The disappeared children were always kids from the most miserable families.
Thanks to a nosy neighbour, the truth was discovered and it went further than never nobody could imagine. The police still rescued a poor seven years old girl, still alive, who lived in a true regime of slavery. Sadly, they weren’t in time to save the last dead victim of the woman, Pepito, a boy of seven, killed just some few days before. Enriqueta had several apartments along all the city. In one of them, she killed and made her horrible works with the bodies. In another one, she lived with the kids. In the last one – a very luxurious place, indeed – she had the brothel, where rich important people of the politic, business and even art world, enjoyed degenerated orgiastic ceremonies of blood and sex. The police (poor guys, imagine their nausea) found pieces of at least ten bodies, perfectly prepared in what was a true factory for cosmetic products.

In 1912, Enriqueta Marti, at the age of 43 years old and still being a nice looking woman, got in to the jail. At that time it still existed the death penalty, but the inspector of police took that case as something personal. He wanted to pull out the yarn until know all the truth about the list of the rich clients of Enriqueta.Enriqueta said: “My clients maybe were monsters but not me.”

But once again, the clients had to be a lot more powerful than the police and the journalists imagined. Never nobody could discover who were in that mysterious list. Enriqueta tried to kill herself two times. She finally were lynched by her own comrades at the jail.

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