House of Laments

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House of Laments Museum
Casa de los Lamentos
House of laments in Guanajuato.jpg
House of Laments
Alternative namesHouse of Don Tageo Fulgencio Mejía
General information
StatusProtected for local and state legislation
Architectural styleSpanish Colonial, Baroque
LocationGuanajuato,  Mexico
Town or cityGuanajuato
CountryMexico
Completed1890
OwnerSamantha Smith (actuality)

The House of Laments (Spanish: "Casa de los lamentos") is a historic place in Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico.[1] The mansion dates to the 18th century. During the 1890s and 1900s, the Tadeo Fulgencío Mejía serial murders occurred here. He was a Mexican serial killer motivated by the delirious idea of contacting his deceased wife.[2] Now the house functions as museum, and the local legend says several paranormal phenomena happen in the mansion.[3][4][5]

History[edit]

During the 18th century, the Marquess of San Clemente commanded the construction of the mansion, for his daughter. In the 19th century the house was a post office until 1890 when Tadeo Fulgencío Mejía, a mines of De Cata y de Mellano mining engineer, bought the property.[6]

The Tadeo Mejía crimes[edit]

Tadeo Mejía's wife, Constanza de la Rivera, died in 1890 during an assault. According with some versions, the murder of Constanza occurred during a domestic invasion orchested for employees of the mine where Mejía worked, they accused him of malversation but really the mine suffered an economic crisis and for this reason the salaries had been late. Costanza was stabbed in the neck.[7] According with other versions, Costanza died in a street near to hose.

Supposedly, her death caused the psychosis of Tadeo Mejía. He consulted with a "witch", who showed him strange rituals that included human sacrifices of young men and women. Tadeo Mejía committed an unknown number of murders, but several human bones were located in the mansion's basement.[8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Casa de los lamentos". [Guanajuatocapital.mx]. Dirección General de Turismo. Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 17 November 2013.
  2. ^ Enciso, Alejandra (2011-06-16). "Tragedia en Casa de los Lamentos" (Press release). Mexico: TV Azteca. Retrieved 2013-11-18.
  3. ^ Enciso, Alejandra (2011-06-16). "Tragedia en Casa de los Lamentos" (Press release). Mexico: TV Azteca. Retrieved 2013-11-18.
  4. ^ "Cumple su primer año la Casa de los Lamentos" (Press release). Guanajuato, Mexico: Periódico Correo. 2011-12-16. Archived from the original on 2013-12-03. Retrieved 2013-11-18.
  5. ^ Fenn, Mike (30 October 2014). "Take a Google Street View tour through for these 9 haunted sites". The Daily Dot. Retrieved 17 February 2018. It goes without saying that a place named the "House of Laments" is the site of paranormal activity. Supposedly, the "Casa de los lamentos," a museum in the Mexican city of Guanajuato, is haunted by the victims of Tadeo Mejia, a serial killer in the late 1890s.
  6. ^ "Cumple su primer año la Casa de los Lamentos" (Press release). Guanajuato, Mexico: Periódico Correo. 2011-12-16. Archived from the original on 2013-12-03. Retrieved 2013-11-18.
  7. ^ "Leyenda de la Casa de los Lamentos" [Legend of the House of Laments]. puntozer0.com (in Spanish). Zona Cer0. 1 October 2017. Retrieved 17 February 2018. Se cuenta que la mina en la que trabajaba Don Tadeo sufrió una mala racha, las vetas escaseaban y los trabajadores se irritaban pues no recibían su pagos como era debido. Muchos de los mineros bajaban a las cantinas para ahogar sus corajes y calmar la sed, todos pensaban que Don Tadeo estaba robando dinero, dinero que les pertenecía a ellos para poder seguir construyendo su casa. Un día mientras paseaban como acostumbraban Don Tadeo y la joven Constanza, como era hábito, al final de su paseo se quedaron a ver la futura casa que acogería su cariño. De pronto un trabajador tocó la puerta diciéndole a Don Tadeo que lo necesitaban urgentemente en la mina, y sin pensar Fulgencio se fue inmediatamente, dejando sola a la bella Constanza... Una sombra extraña entró a la casa blandiendo un filoso cuchillo, aquella arma se hundió en el cuerpo de la joven que gritaba desconsolada, pero los muros opacaban sus gritos, no había nadie que acudiera a su ruego. Al tiempo, regresó Don Tadeo, en el suelo un charco de sangre que brotaba del cuerpo de Constanza. Ella fue asesinada a sangre fría, Don Tadeo sólo la contemplaba y sollozaba, se negaba lo que sus ojos presenciaban, el encuentro de emociones hizo que golpeara su cabeza contra los muros.
  8. ^ Alejandra Enciso (reporter) (2011). Extranormal: Historias a fondo, Casa de los Lamentos [Extranormal: Histories to depth, The House of laments] (TV) (in Spanish). Guanajuato, Mexico: TV Azteca.
  9. ^ "House of Laments". Atlas Obscura. Atlas Obscura. Retrieved 17 February 2018.