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Francisco Guerrero (killer)
Francisco Guerrero (killer)

Francisco Guerrero Pérez (1840–1910), also known as Antonio Prida, was a Mexican serial killer in the late 19th century. He was the first serial killer to be captured in Mexico, although he was not the country's first recorded serial killer. Guerrero killed approximately twenty female prostitutes in Mexico City between 1880 and 1888. He also killed one woman whose status as a prostitute has been inconsistently reported.[2]

Guerrero and Jack the Ripper were contemporaries and their modus operandi were similar—some authors compare the two men.[3] He was also known as "El Chalequero", "The Mexican Bluebeard", "The Consulado River Strangler", "The Consulado River Ripper", or "The Mexican Ripper".[4] He was an organized, sedentary, and missionary killer who was motivated by hatred.

Early life

Francisco Guerrero Pérez was born in 1840 in the Bajío region of Mexico to an impoverished family. He was an eleventh child whose childhood was marked by poverty, maternal abuse and paternal absence. In 1862, the twenty-two-year-old migrated to Mexico City, where he worked for a shoemaker.[5] Guerrero dressed extravagantly but elegantly, with cashmere pants, a charro vest and a charro jacket.[6] He was described by an anonymous source as a "...handsome, elegant, flirtatious and quarrelsome man".[7]

There are two theories on the origin of the nickname "Chalequero". One says that it was simply because he always used vests, and the other postulates it was because the name "Chalequero" alludes to the Spanish expression "... a puro chaleco". This expression means that he made a sexual victim of any woman that he felt attracted to, whether they liked him or not.[8]

Psychiatric profile

Guerrero was psychopathic; he did not feel empathy or guilt and he had a parasitic lifestyle. He saw other persons as objects, had inflated self-esteem, suffered sudden anger attacks, was manipulative and promiscuous. However, he was charismatic.[9] In the prison, he was described by the other prisoners as: "a silent and quiet person, he cares about his appearance". On one occasion, he wrote a letter to the prison director asking permission for his family to bring him a new pair of pants so that he could, in his words, "dress according to his education".[10]

He saw the female sex as nothing more than a disposable conduit to sexual gratification. His crimes involved hate, showed extreme cruelty and were marked by perversions such as sexual mutilation. He violated his victims to show the superiority and power that, according to him, he held over the women. Almost all of his victims were prostitutes, but he did not kill them because of their work; he killed them because they were vulnerable. According to him, "...women had a duty to be faithful to their men, and female adultery should be punished with the death penalty."[7]

Carlos Roumagnac, one of the first Mexican criminologists, concluded that Consulado River's Ripper was a born criminal:

References in pop culture

His crimes have since been dramatized in Bernardo Esquinca's novel Carne de Ataud.

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