The woman who was buried alive

The streets of the Historic Center of Mexico have been an inexhaustible source of legends and traditions of colonial life. Transmitted by oral tradition first and then consecrated by historians and chroniclers since the mid-nineteenth century, it becomes difficult to unravel the historical reality of the popular imagination.

An example of this case is that of a lady of mourning who used to scare the dwellers in the noisy "Jauregui Mansion", which was located in the disappeared alley of Mecaperos. Artemio del Valle Arizpe tells us that first a group of nuns fled frightened, they had been staying there during the Religious Reformation: the moaning apparition had been shown, wrapped in a gown under which hid a baby and a medallion of rubies, sold The house and then bought an accountant, Jose Herrera, when the moans of the night began, the apparitions and mysterious lights, his way of being practical, convinced Herrera, that there was a buried treasure. One night, while he was digging, helping himself with the stalls of San Ignacio pointing where the gold was, he clearly heard a voice from the beyond warning him "Here there is no treasure, and what is hidden you must not find, no more excuses . " Of course Herrera listened to whoever had spoken to him with such certainty and left behind the treasure and at the same time, the house. The legend goes so far.

In 1881, the municipal council ordered the houses of the aforementioned alley to be demolished to extend the street of May 5, when they were demolishing the abandoned house of the Jaureguis, they knocked down a wall and found a mummy of a woman sandwiched between the walls between her arms Was carrying a baby and on his crumpled and battered chest, he had a ruby medallion that was stained with blood. An investigation discovered the secret of the live walled woman, Ines de Jauregui, a rich heiress, had known Pedro Solares in one of the many parties that the lady had offered to the high selection of the new Hispanic community. In love with the gallant and opportunist man, she married him without knowing much about his life. Solares was a player and fan of women and in a few years managed to spend the enormous fortune of the Jaureguis

Doña Ines, tired of the mistreatment and parrandeo of her husband, armed herself with courage one night in which Solares wanted to strip her of her last jewel that she had managed to rescue, to keep her son.Furioso to the strong opposition of Dona Ines that would not release her Son or the jewel, Solares tied her up and dragged her to one of the last rooms, which had been previously occupied by luxury furniture, and began to cover the mother and son with stones, one after another. She wanted to see if she was frightened once, letting go of the jewel. Without remorse, Solares plastered the sinister act to sell the house. Some time later, he himself found his death in a fight in a brothel.