87. La Mataviejitas, Juana Barraza | Mexico

In 2005, Mexico City police were dealing with a series of unsolved murders. In each case, the victims were elderly women who lived alone. Police released information on the possible suspect: it was a tall male between 40 and 50 years of age who did not have a permanent job and relied on public transportation. Possibly a transgender person. When someone was arrested running away from a murder scene, the whole investigation was turned on its head. The prime suspect of the serial murders turned out to be a woman. 48-year-old retired Lucha Libre wrestler, Juana Barraza.

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The Strange Saga of Juana Barraza, a Female Wrestler and Mexico’s ‘Little Old Lady Killer’

Juana Barraza Samperio: La Mataviejitas

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Women Who Kill: A Chilling Casebook of True-Life Murders

Little Old Lady Killer: The Sensationalized Crimes of Mexico’s First Female Serial Killer 

Created & Produced by Sonya Lowe

Narrated by Noel Vinson

Researched by Two Red Romans Productions

Music: “Nordic Medieval” by Marcus Bressler

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This True Crime Podcast was researched using open source or archive materials.