Antonia Ramirez, who lived in Mexico City in Barrio de la Palma, near Puente del Blanquillo in Callejón del Blanguillo. Antonia heard about the 1892 case of Guadalupe Martinez de Bejarano, torturer and murder of children and felt an affinity for the serial killer. It was in 1893 that the woman decided to imitate the infamous sadist, “The Fearful Bejarano,” in her own peculiar fashion. Antonia had a goddaughter of six whom she was looking after while the child’s mother was ill. Every day Antonia punished the child on any pretext. She pulled the child’s her hair and stood holding her by the hair. She slapped and beat her with ropes. Finally one day Antonia Ramirez slapped her, hit her with a wet rope and then said he was going to teach her the fear of God. She then took a huge wooden cross that hung on the wall preserved and put the child up and literally crucified her.
A neighbor child, however, came to the house and saw the incredible scene of the crucified bleeding child from the doorway and ran off to fine a policeman. The officer arrived and unsure how to treat the injured child removed her, cross and all, to get medical help. Carrying the cross through the streets, he attracted a crowd who became incensed when they found out about the crime. Antonia had to be closely guarded lest the mob kill her on the spot. Antonio Ramirez, it is said spent the rest of her miserable life in prison.
[Robert St. Estephe, based on: “Antonia Ramirez: The New Bejarano,” Escrita con Sangre, Apr. 2010]
Augustín Sánchez González, Terribilísima : Historias de Crímenes y Horrores : en la Ciudad de México en el siglo XIX, Ediciones B México, 2006
Augustín Sánchez González, Un Dulce Sabor A Muerte : De La Bejarano a la Miss México un siglio de mujeres criminales, Editorial: Planeta, 2009
James Alex Garza, El Lado Oscuro Del Porfiriato: Sexo, crímenes y vicios en la Ciudad de México, Aguilar, 2009
El libro rojo, Continuacion, V. I: 1868-1928, Gerardo Villadelángel Viñas, 2008
For more cases, see: Women Who Like to Torture