Wenseslao Moguel

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Circa 1940

Wenceslao Moguel (c. 1890 – c. 1975[1]) was a Mexican who was captured on March 18, 1915,[2] suspected of taking part in the Mexican Revolution. He was sentenced to death without a trial, and was shot 8–9 times by a firing squad in the body, and received the "coup de grâce", or one final shot to the head point-blank range to ensure death. Stories differ as to how he survived. Some sources state that "the next day Moguel was found unconscious among the dead bodies of his comrades. He was given medical attention and recovered.".[2] Others state that he "crawled away to the church of St. James Apostle three blocks away where a church member found him and took him home until he recuperated.".[1] He was given the nickname 'El Fusilado' meaning 'The Executed One'.[3] He appeared on the Ripley's Believe it or Not radio show on July 16, 1937.[4] The British group Chumbawamba wrote a song telling Wenceslao's story.[5]


  1. ^ a b mexicomystic. "The Firing Squad". Mexico Mystic's Blog – Expat In Tlaxcala. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
  2. ^ a b "The Evening Independent". June 28, 1935. p. 10.
  3. ^ "The Evening Independent". June 27, 1935. p. 4.
  4. ^ "The Free Lance-Star". July 16, 1937. p. 5.
  5. ^ "El Fusilado - Chumbawamba". play.google.com. Retrieved 2016-02-08.