Spanish Murderess Enriqueta Martí, c.1900s
In Barcelona, Enriqueta Martí was leading a double life: during the day she begged at houses of charity, convents, and parishes in the destitute parts of town using children she passed off as her own. Later, she prostituted or murdered them. At the same time as she was prostituting children, she was also practicing as a witch-doctor. The ingredients she used to make her remedies came from the remains of the children that she was killing; for this reason, she did not have problems disposing of her victims.
On February 10, 1912, she kidnapped Teresita Guitart Congost. A suspicious neighbor saw a girl looking from a window of a flat at mezzanine number 29, Ponent Street, and communicated this to the chief of the Ribot brigade.
On February 27, two agents went to look for Martí. They found her in a plaza and escorted her to her flat. Two girls were found in the flat, one of them was Teresita Guitard Congost, the other, a girl called Angelita.
Congost told how Martí took her by the hand promising her candies, covered her with a black rag, and forced her to the flat. Angelita explained that before Congost arrived at the flat, there was a five-year-old boy called Pepito. Angelita said that she secretly saw Martí kill him on the kitchen table.
During an inspection of the flat, detectives found a sack with bloody clothing and a boning knife. They also found a sack with dirty clothes and at least thirty small human bones. These bones showed evidence of being exposed to fire. In another locked room they found the horror that Martí was hiding: there were fifty pitchers, jars, and washbowls, with preserved human remains: greasy lard, coagulated blood, children’s hair, skeletons of hands, powdered bones, and pots with the potions, ointments and salves already prepared for sale.
Martí was imprisoned in the Reina Amàlia jail to await trial. She tried to commit suicide by slashing her wrists with a wooden knife. Public indignation exploded because the people wanted her to face trial and execution by the garrote. Martí was never tried for her crimes. She died a year and three months after her arrest at the hands of her prison mates. She was buried secretly in a common grave in the Cementerio del Sudoeste, situated on the mountain of Montjuïc in Barcelona.