Yes, faithful readers, the latter. I was sent this gruesome book, and tried to wade my way through it. I know there is a market for it, but I had a hard time reading it. This book has been translated into English, the other three are not. It wasn't a language barrier, but I simply couldn't handle the story line. I'm not a tender violet, but I don't like blood, guts, and gore, especially when children are involved. The author, Marc Pastor , who used his professional
|Little is known of Enriqueta Martí i Ripollés|
before she arrived in Barcelona
in the early years of the 19th Century 1868 - 1913
|The last two victim|
What an alarming coincidence!
From the publisher:
|Marc Pastor's research: old newspapers|
Enriqueta was leading a double life. During the day she dressed in rags and begged at houses of charity, convents and parishes in the destitute parts of town where she selected children who looked the most abandoned. Taking the children by the hand, she made them pass as her children. Later, she prostituted or murdered them. She did not have any need to beg, since her double work as a procurer and prostitute gave her sufficient money to live well. By night she dressed in luxurious clothes, hats and wigs, and attended the El Liceu, the Casino de la Arrabassada and other places where the wealthy of Barcelona gathered. It is probable that in these places she offered her services as procurer of children.