This article will be covering the twisted and sordid career of Enriqueta Martí i Ripollésthe – The Vampire of Barcelona. A psychotic and disturbed woman who used to kidnap children for paedophiles…and then turn their remains into lavish cosmetics…
Teresita Guitart Congost
On the 10th of February, 1912, a little girl named Teresita Guitart Congost was befriended by a homeless lady in the city of Barcelona. This homeless lady had given her numerous sweets, and won over her trust with ease.
As the pair walked down a deserted street, Teresita realized that she was now getting further and further away from her family home. She tried to get away from the old homeless lady…but a dark cloth was tied around her head…and she was dragged to a nearby location.
When the cloth was removed, Teresita was in an apartment – she looked up to see another girl sitting there, around about the same age.
The old lady then set about cutting Teresita’s hair, and then informed her that her parents were dead – she was to look after her, and to call her ‘step-mamma’.
For the next few weeks the beggar lady would go out during the day – the two girls were told not to go anywhere near the windows, and were also told they were not allowed in certain rooms.
After a few weeks, the girls got curious, and entered one of the ‘banned’ rooms. In there they found the remains of blood-stained children’s clothing, and a big boning knife.
Days after this gruesome discovery, Teresita managed to get near a window, and a neighbor named Claudia Elias spotted her…she then asked the old lady who the girl was…
The old beggar did not reply – she simply shut the blinds on the window.
The next time the old lady returned home from one of her ‘outings’, she had a policeman with her. The two young girls were quickly identified and returned to their families.
The Monster Enriqueta Marti Ripolles
So ended the demonic career of Enriqueta Martí i Ripollés – she had finally picked up a child who would not obey her rules, and she was caught red-handed.
Teresita’s photograph had been handed over to the media when she went missing – her parents had kicked up one hell of a fuss.
Claudia Elias recognized her instantly when she saw her at the window, and informed the authorities.
Enriqueta moved to Barcelona in the early 1900’s, but little is known about her life before this move. She was once very good looking, and decided to give up her initial job as a maid…to become a prostitute.
In 1909 she had saved enough money to open her own brothel…but this was a VERY twisted version of a brothel…
It was a place for the paedophiles of Barcelona, and it was full of children.
Once the children had run their course, they were killed. Their remains were then used by Enriqueta to make potions and poultices, which she sold to her customer’s wives.
The Vampire of Barcelona
It was later discovered that Enriqueta would crush the bones of the dead children, then combine this dust with guts and blood, then turn them into powerful facial creams.
She told her customers that it was a special elixir that would stunt the aging process…and many customers believed her.
When the police raided her apartment, they uncovered ten bodies which had already been prepared for the ‘cosmetic step’. They also found ancient witch doctor scrolls which contained the recipes for the powerful potions.
Numerous coded letters were also found – many believe that they contained the names of the rich and powerful of Barcelona, but they were never decoded.
Enriqueta was dubbed ‘The Vampire of Barcelona’ and thrown in prison when the investigation took place. She never made it to the executioner’s block, as one of the prison inmates killed her. She is apparently buried in an unmarked grave in Cementerio del Sudoeste.
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