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

Susana Vargas Cervantes


The Little Old Lady Killer focuses on the female serial killer Juana Barraza Samperio, a Mexican lucha libre wrestler who, disguised as a government nurse, strangled sixteen elderly women in Mexico City. The search for the Mataviejitas (the killer of old women) was the first ever undertaken for a serial killer in Mexico. Following international profiling norms for serial killers, the police were initially looking for an ordinary-looking man, but after witness accounts described the Mataviejitas as wearing a wig and makeup, police changed their focus and began to search for a “travesti.” The bo ... More

Keywords: serial killing, mexicanidad, Mexico, Mataviejitas, lucha libre, wrestling, masculinity, femininity, pigmentocracy, victim

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781479876488
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479876488.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susana Vargas Cervantes, author
National Autonomous University of Mexico

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