Hisp Am Hist Rev. ;81() “El Chalequero” or the Mexican Jack the Ripper: the meanings of sexual violence in turn-of-the-century Mexico City. During the s, Francisco Guerrero, aka “El Chalequero” or “Antonio el Chaleco,” committed a long series of violent crimes, including at least two murders. Authorities would eventually discover that the perpetrator had been Francisco Guerrero Pérez, also known as “El Chalequero,” “The Consulado River Strangler, “.
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Hispanic American Historical Review The Mexican press compared him with Jack the Ripper, who killed five prostitutes in London in late However, unlike his British contemporary, whose true identity is unknown, Guerrero did nothing to hide his, and for several years he remained active and unpunished. He was finally arrested in and sentenced to death.
In Guerrero was arrested again and convicted for the homicide of another woman; he died in awaiting execution. While Jack the Ripper has inspired many a mystery narrative, the story of El Chalequero straightforwardly displayed violence against women–sexual violence in particular–as part of Mexico City’s everyday life.
This article presents multiple facets of El Chalequero’s life between and hcalequero a street thug, pimp, chaequero criminal suspect. The perspectives of criminologists discussed in the latter part of this article shed more light on the larger meanings of El Chalequero than those offered by the police or judiciary.
Science was involved in the investigation of Jack the Ripper’s identity. In Mexico, criminologists and psychiatrists were summoned to explain Guerrero’s behavior during his trial, and their reports concluded that he was not a pathological case, but a rather normal example of sexual conduct among the poor.
On 18 October the police retrieved the body of a woman, partially covered with brush, from the Consulado River. According to forensic doctors, the victim was approximately 40 years old when her throat was slit. Two months later, another corpse with similar characteristics and wounds appeared in a ditch close to the same river.
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Other bodies had appeared in previous years, and several women had been raped and robbed near the Consulado River and the Calzada de Guadalupe.
The culprit s had not been discovered. These were still scarcely populated areas, although characterized by an intense movement of carts and porters entering the city through the Peralvillo gate. Each December, during the celebrations of the Virgin, traffic and public parties increased beyond the ability of authorities to maintain order.
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Vending and washing laundry at the river were other important activities, both largely conducted by women. More densely populated colonias between downtown and Peralvillo, such as La Bolsa and Tepito, were feared as zones of crime and vice.
As with other new lower-class settlements in a city undergoing a process of rapid growth, these areas lacked the traditional social networks of older barrios near chalequeri center of the city, especially necessary in the absence of police protection. This was hardly a problem for authorities and writers who associated the working women of the area with the hygienic and moral perils cahlequero prostitution. The author of these crimes was compared with Jack the Ripper el destripadorwhose crimes became internationally known in late Chalequego newspaper El Siglo Diez y Nueve called If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click ‘Authenticate’.
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Francisco Guerrero “El Chalequero” Pérez
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