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The Little Old Lady KillerThe Sensationalized Crimes of Mexico's First Female Serial Killer$
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Susana Vargas Cervantes

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781479876488

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479876488.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
The Little Old Lady Killer

Susana Vargas Cervantes

NYU Press

The introduction provides an overview of the case and an outline of the methodological frameworks that will serve as the analytic anchor points of the text. After describing my visit to see Juana Barraza in prison, the introduction (1) contextualizes the story of the Mataviejitas by providing a brief history of criminality and serial killing in Mexico, (2) introduces the political concerns and long-standing rift between the government of Mexico City and the governing party of Mexico, and (3) lays out the main methodological tools I will use, mexicanidad and pigmentocracy.

Keywords:   mexicanidad, pigmentocracy, Mataviejitas, serial killing

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