Juana Barraza is a serial killer who was known as La Mataviejitas which translates to The Old Lady Killer in English and La Dama del Silencio which means The Lady of Silence. He is a Mexican professional wrestler that received a jail sentence of 759 years in prison for murdering approximately 42 to 48 senior women from 1998-2006. Juana Barraza was born on December 27, 1957, in Epazoyucan, Hidalgo, Mexico. Juana"s mother, Justa Samperio was an alcoholic and would exchange her daughter to a man for three beers, but the man raped Juana repeatedly. Juana eventually became pregnant with a baby boy and later had three other children. Juana"s eldest was injured during a mugging and died from his injuries. She became a professional wrestler who was known by the ring name, La Dama del Silencio which means The Silent Lady.
Most of Juana victims lived alone, and she murdered females who were 60 years or older by bludgeoning or strangling them, and then robbed them. Chief prosecutor Bernardo Batiz profiled Juana as having "a brilliant mind, [being] quite clever and careful" and thinks that Juana gained the trust of her victims before murdering them. It is believed that Juana impersonated government officials when approaching people/victims to offer/assist them with welfare programs.
Police was not sure if one or if two killers were involved in the murders, but they did know that three of the victims owned French artist Jean-Baptiste Greuze eighteenth-century painting titled, Boy in Red Waistcoat. It is said that Juana was a psychopath who had no remorse for her murders/action and did not correlate pain with her killings/actions. She thought of the older females as women who are similar to her mother and thought that she was helping the world to get rid of them. It is believed that Juana started her killing spree as a result of her being raped during her childhood because some of her victims were abused.
Authorities dismissed evidence pointing out that a serial killer was murdering people in Mexico City in the late summer of 2005. Police received information by November 2005 that the murderer wore females clothing to gain access to the victim"s houses/apartments
Juana Barraza was arrested at the age of 48 on January 25, 2006, when she was escaping from 82-years-old Ana Maria de los Reyes Alfaro"s home in Venustiano Carranza, Mexico City after strangling her with a/her stethoscope. Juana was found with a card stating that she is a social worker and had pension forms. Her fingerprints linked her to at least ten murders but she may have killed about 40 people, but there is no proof. She confessed to killing four women and denied all other murders.
Juana was on trial in 2008 spring for about 40 murders, but she admits to killing Alfaro, because of her lingering resentment for her the way her mother treated her. She was sentenced to 759 years in prison after being found guilty on March 31 for 16 counts of murder and aggravated burglary including 11 separate counts of murder. Barraza received 759 years in prison.
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