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Vista de las escaleras entre la primera y segunda planta, Casa en Lomas, Sierra Paracaima 620, Lomas de Chapuletpec, Miguel Hidalgo, Ciudad de México 1949

Arq. Antonio Pastrana

Foto. Guillermo Zamora

View of the stairs between the first and second floors, House in Lomas, Sierra Paracaima 620, Lomas de Chapuletpec, Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico CIty 1949

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On Friday the 13th of November, 1992 three young girls from Alcasser, Spain, were heading to a disco in the town of Picasent, when they were picked up by a car. From that moment, Miriam García Iborra, Toñi Gómez Rodríguez and Desirée Hernández Folch were never seen alive again.

Their corpses were eventually found by beekeepers two months later in the town of Tous. They had been beaten, raped tortured and eventually shot. One girl had her nipple cut off while still alive and another had her vagina mutilated. The remains were in an advanced state of decay and two of the corpses were found buried in a big hole inside a carpet, with their skulls separated from their bodies and their hands tied.

Two men were found guilty of the crime: Antonio Anglés and Miguel Ricart. Miguel was sentenced to 170 years in prison although he only spent 21 years. Anglés somehow escaped to Lisbon where he hid on a ship headed to Dublin. One of the biggest controversies in Spain’s criminal history emerged after he was found: Although only Ricart was found and jailed, he was allegedly the one who just hid the corpses, while a third suspect, and the biggest perpetrator of the crime, remained at large.

A disturbing theory that surrounds the crime is that the girls were the unfortunate stars of a series of snuff movies and other depraved actions, involving several important personalities of that time, including politicians and members of the Church. This is supported by forensic evidence after mitochondrial DNA from 7 different people apart from acused was found at the crime scene. Many people still believe that the murders were covered up by the church, and that they had some involvement in this.

I just watched Philadelphia (1993) today for the first time, and sadly (it’s a sad af movie), if our theories where season 4′s episodes take place in John’s head, I think it could be a big reference for some of the scenes.

For those who don’t know (or don’t want to be crushed by sadness) this movie is about a gay lawyer called Andrew Beckett (Tom Hanks) who had an ascending career in a major law firm when his AIDS became apparent through lesions (sarcoma) on his face, and suddenly, he finds himself being fired for a completely uncharacteristic (forged) error. After this, he seeks a famous attorney called Joe Miller (Denzel Washington) to take his case.

The film focuses on Joe Miller’s homophobia, the case against many prejudiced old white men, the disease itself, and Beckett’s personal life with his lover, Miguel Álvarez (Antonio Banderas).

Due to that first lens, and some very moving scenes, it was easier for me to see how moved Miller felt at slowly realizing Beckett’s life, and dreams, were the same as his. To be happy, to feel love, to change society. And after a striking scene where Beckett explains a part of the “La mamma morta” opera, Miller is close to tears, seeing that Beckett is comparing the French Revolution to his own life. “I bring misfortune to all who care for me!”

Well. After Beckett’s death right after his trial, his friends and family gather up to watch VHS tapes of his childhood, and that’s when I saw the parallel with Sherlock:

Childhood videos of a happy, united family at the beach, with their puppy. 

A curly haired child waves for the camera.

Beckett’s family, especially his mother (depicted above) is wonderfully supportive to the case.

I don’t mean to say the series is/will be about AIDS, but I think it could be serving as a stark contrast by showing some references. We all saw 80′s and 90′s movies references in s4: Queen, Clue, The Silence of the Lambs, It, etc. But I think a kid John could be unconsciously thinking about this one movie.

As sad gay movies go, Philadelphia thankfully shows the private life of the main cast beautifully. But it’s true to its time, when medicine hadn’t advanced sufficiently to provide a safe, healthy future to AIDS victims. If it hadn’t been for Beckett’s death in the end, we could have had a very happy ending. 

But it isn’t how media goes, even in our modern days, is it? We already have names for the tropes where our fellow LGBT people die in movies and series. Where they kill one half of a lesbian couple just for shock value. Yet, this is how Sherlock is trying to change history.

The TJLC theories brought forward a very hopeful LGB study that the BBC performed around the time Sherlock would have been conceptualized. If this is all true, and I firmly believe that it is, then Sherlock will absolutely become a landmark (’a cultural icon who happens to be gay’) media, where its story has its bumps, villains, strife, but in the end, John will be able to come out from his prison and enjoy his love for Sherlock openly. And continue to be a doctor, a soldier, a bisexual person, following the detective in his adventures.

I know this reference might feel far-fetched, and it could be! But if anything, it goes to show the importance of us believing, and theorizing, and seeing that this is forming the future. Our nephews will grow up with Sherlock on the television. A series where characters fight against evil and happen to be in love with one another. And they fight against homophobia. And their love conquers all.

I’ve had close friends who have never participated in fandom, don’t really know the concept of ‘shipping’ come up to me and say that “the fourth series was quite odd, wasn’t it? By the way, why won’t you draw Sherlock and John together? I think people will like that.” Casuals are rooting for them to be textually, romantically together, and this is what the writers wanted all along.

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De visita en el maravilloso pueblo de Teocaltiche, Jalisco, México.
Fue conquistado por Cristóbal de Oñate y Manuel de Ibarra en marzo de 1530, por orden de Nuño de Guzmán. Los evangelizadores de toda la región fueron Fray Martín de Jesús o de la Coruña, Fray Antonio de Segovia, Fray Miguel de Vadillo y otros. A su entrada a Teocaltiche, los insurgentes degollaron a algunos españoles: a don Juan José, a don Miguel González Laris y a don Ramón Ordorica.