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.
Quien bien ama, tarde se olvida. Translation: He who loves well, forgets the afternoon. Idiomatic translation: True love never grows old. Translation: He who in a year wants riches, in half will be strangled.
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Idiomatic translation: No one gets rich quickly if he is honest. Quien da luego, da dos veces. Translation: Who gives now, gives two times. English equivalent: He gives twice, who gives in a trice. Roba bien quien a ladron roba. Translation: Steal a thief who steals well. English equivalent: Set a thief to catch a thief.
Idiomatic translation: He who does not advance goes backwards. Si vale la pena hacerlo, vale la pena hacerlo bien. English equivalent: If a job is worth doing, it is worth doing well. Sol que mucho madruga, poco dura. Idiomatic translation: Early ripe, early rotten. Meaning: Precocious children will mean much trouble later on.
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Tal hijo, tal padre. Translation: Such father, such son. English equivalent: Like father, like son. Meaning: Sons may look and behave like their fathers. This is due to inheritance and the example observed closely and daily. Translation: What pay, such work.
English equivalent: You get what you pay for. Idiomatic translation: He who is not with me is against me. Originally from the Bible, Luke and Matthew De malas costumbres nacen buenas leyes. Translation: From bad customs, good laws are born.
Idiomatic translation: Good laws have sprung from bad customs. Del mal el menos. Translation: The lesser of two evils. English equivalent: Of two evils choose the least. Enjoy our Spanish resources.
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Toma las cosas como vienen. Translation: Take things as they come to you.
English equivalent: Take things as you find them. Meaning: Adapt yourself to new surroundings or conditions. For instance, if you are ill, do what you still can instead of waiting to get healthy. Translation: Better to flee than to die. English equivalent: He who fights and runs away may live to fight another day.
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El mal escribano le echa la culpa a la pluma Translation: The poor writer blames the pen. English equivalent: It is a poor workman who complains about his tools. Costumbre adquirida en la mocedad, se deja muy mal en la vejez. Translation: Habit acquired in youth, it leaves very hardly in old age.
English equivalent: Old habits die hard. Con el tiempo todo se consigue. Translation: In time, everything is gotten. English equivalent: He that can have patience can have what he will; Patience is a remedy for every sorrow. Callen barbas y hablen cartas.