“Bordello from hell”
Delfina (born 1909) and Maria de Jesus Gonzalez (born 1924) were sisters who ran a brothel, Rancho El Angel, near the town of San Francisco del Rincon, 300 km (200 mi) north of Mexico City. The sisters kidnapped girls to work in their establishment; many were runaway teenagers who were cajoled into the bordello with promises of money and safety.
Once ensconced, they were drugged to keep them compliant. Clients also regularly raped them. When the girls lost their looks, became too difficult or customers no longer took an interest in them, the sisters murdered them. The sisters also murdered a number of customers who had come to the brothel with large sums of money.
The police were puzzled by the disappearance of so many girls but for a long time did not link them to the “bordello from hell”. One day Josefina Gutierrez, a woman well known in the world of drugs and prostitution, was arrested with a cargo of dozens of young girls. In custody, she confessed that the girls were bound for the Rancho El Angel. The police raided the ranch but the Gonzalez sisters had fled, leaving behind a number of drugged girls looked after by a cabal of thugs. They also found the bodies of 11 men, 80 women and several foetuses.
San Francisco del Rincon, Mexico
The sisters – known as Las Poquianchis – were finally arrested and stood trial in 1964. They were each sentenced to 40 years in prison. Delfina died while incarcerated but Maria was released and faded into obscurity.
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A film entitled Las Poquianchis, starring Diana Bracho, Jorge Martinez de Hoyos, Tina Romero, Salvador Sanchez and Pilar Pellicer was released in 1977.