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These Serial Killer Sisters Murdered So Many People They Broke A World Record. Like so many murderers, the González sisters’ crimes were exposed after police picked up one of their relatives on a routine bust. They suspected the relative, Josefina González, was involved in the kidnapping of a local girl, and upon interrogation, Josefina unravelled a horrific story about what is now known as the “bordello from hell.”

The “Bordello from Hell”

Busting The González Sisters

In the 1950s and 1960s, Delfina and María de Jesús González ran a large-scale prostitution ring in Northern Mexico. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the sisters also partook in a massive killing spree—targeting prostitutes, wealthy men, and illegitimate babies.

Delfina and María de Jesús González were born into poverty in El Salto de Juanacatlan, Jalisco. Their father, Isidro Torres, was abusive and expected his children to follow a rigid set of rules; ironically, he was also part of the local grass-roots police force that patrolled the remote area of Mexico on horseback. It wasn’t unheard of for the head of the González house to shoot innocent people during arguments or abuse his power, and he often locked the sisters in jail as punishment for wearing sexy clothing or makeup.

The González sisters (known as “Las Poquianchis”) were two sisters from the Mexican state of Guanajuato, located 200 miles north of Mexico City. From the 1950s until the mid-1960s the sisters ran Rancho El Ángel, called the “bordello from hell” in San Francisco del Rincón.

Like so many murderers, the González sisters’ crimes were exposed after police picked up one of their relatives on a routine bust. They suspected the relative, Josefina González, was involved in the kidnapping of a local girl, and upon interrogation, Josefina unraveled a horrific story about what is now known as the “bordello from hell.”

The police had picked up a woman Josefina Gutiérrez, on suspicion of kidnapping young girls in the Guanajuato area, and during questioning, she implicated the two sisters. Police officers searched the sisters’ property and found the bodies of 11 men, 80 women and several fetuses, a total of over 91.

Investigations revealed the scheme was that they would recruit prostitutes through help-wanted ads; though the ads would state the girls would become maids for the two sisters. Many of the girls were force fed heroin or cocaine. The sisters killed the prostitutes when they became too ill, damaged by repeated sexual activity, lost their looks or stopped pleasing the customers. These girls and women were kept under psychological pressure and forced to beat and steal from their clients in addition to consuming heroin or cocaine. After all, they were dead when they got very sick, lost their good looks, or failed to please customers.

Growing Up With Abuse And Poverty

In the first weeks of January 1964, Catalina Ortega went to the Judicial Police office in Leon, Guanajuato and told a macabre tale. Visibly shaken, scared and showing signs of abuse and malnourishment, Ortega told the police officers that in nearby San Pancho, the Gonzalez sisters held a sort of concentration camp/ brothel. Thus began the most scandalous and sordid tale of prostitution and murder, the most shocking in annals of Mexican crime history.

Originally from Jalisco, sisters Carmen, Delfina, María de Jesús and Luisa González Valenzuela were the product of a dysfunctional family. While their mother Bernardina, a devout and self-sacrificing practitioner of the rosary recitation, instilled in them a cult of the Catholic religion, their father Isidro exercised the abuse of power and violence under a machismo whose excess was derived from his addiction to alcohol.

Their father, Isidro Torres González was an abusive and authoritarian man. He formed a part of the Rural police, during the Porfirio Diaz days, in charge of riding thru town and making sure everything was ok.  When his young daughters wore makeup or “risque” clothing not to his liking, he would lock them up in the town jail to teach them a lesson.

Isidro Torres, his wife Bernardina Valenzuela and their daughters relocated to the small village of San Francisco del Rincon, Guanajuato, called San Pancho by the locals. Isidro González worked as a policeman, and was charge to protect the streets during the night on horseback, and was felt to be a great authoritarian in the town. That atmosphere of authoritarianism and mistreatment caused Carmen, the eldest daughter, to escape with Luis Caso, a man several years older than her. Offended of his honor, Isidro hunted and found her, took her by her hair, and in the midst of beating and insults, he locked her in a jail cell as a warning to the bad behaviour, which he considered indecent.

A few hours later from that incident an order came from the municipal president, to Isidro and two of his agents to look for Felix Ornelas, a wealthy rancher and intimidator, who boasted of trampling on the laws. In an attempt to stop him, Isidro shot him dead.

For a year Isidro remained a fugitive hiding in several rancherías of Jalisco. However, he forgot the confinement in which he had left his daughter, who fourteen months later was released, when an obnoxious grocer took pity on her and got her out of jail with the promise of marriage.

Like Carmen, Delfina, another of the González Valenzuela sisters, secretly carried out affairs with a man older than her, but when her father discovered, in anger, he struck  at the nape of her neck that almost killed her. As the Gonzalez Valenzuela sisters grew older, their constant fear of poverty made them open up some businesses in town. Here, the girls settled and began to make a new life for themselves.

In the mid-1930s, Defina, together with her sisters Carmen and María de Jesús, got a job as workers in a yarn and fabric factory, but shortly thereafter, Carmen joined Jesus Vargas, a small-time buff nicknamed ” The cat”. With whom she built a modest and arrabalera canteen . The business was fruitful, but El Gato squandered the profits and went bankrupt. With what little was recovered, Carmen opened a bottle of wines and spirits.  The sisters were deeply afraid of being poor, and desperately wanted to move out of their parents abusive home and make money for themselves—so they decided to start a prostitution business.

It was Delfina, the most astute of the González Valenzuela sisters, who established the first brothel and recruited innocent young women whose parents believed that they would work as domestic servants.

In this place control over the brothels was scarce, so they were neat, attracting all kinds of customers among which were police, soldiers and municipal authorities. Delfina’s pupils went out into the streets, tempting customers to visit the brothel at night, until, in 1948, a zafarrancho at the point of pistols caused its closure. Delfina moved her women to the fair in San Juan de los Lagos , where with the support of the mayor, rented two premises to set up a canteen with several rooms for sex service.

The sisters would bribe local officials with money or the sisters would “bribe” them using their sexual skills. Nevertheless they opened up clandestine brothels in San Francisco del Rincon, Purisima del Rincon, and Leon in Guanajuato state other bordellos in El Salto and San Juan de los Lagos, Jalisco and another one in San Juan del Rio, Queretaro state, near Mexico City.

The sisters started by opening a saloon, which provided them with enough money to get by. However, they wanted more, and were determined to do whatever it took to be financially successful. They started offering local law enforcement sexual favors in exchange for reduced policing on their establishment, and started to recruit local girls into prostitution. Delfina’s excessive greed led to her kidnapping of dozens of young women who became slaves. 

Carmen, Delfina and Maria de Jesus “Chuy”, operated the whorehouses in Guanajuato and Jalisco while Maria Luisa “Eva the Leggy One” ran her bar/brothel near the Mexican border. The sisters bought a bar in Lagos, Jalisco from a gay man nicknamed “El Poquianchi” . The nickname was passed on to the sisters, who were now called Las Poquianchis, a nickname they hated.

Luring In Poor Girls From Rural Areas

The sisters had a calculated method for getting their prostitutes.

They would prowl the countryside, hitting the nearby ranches in Guanajuato or venture into rural Jalisco and Michoacan states and look for the prettiest young girls. They would offer them jobs in Guadalajara or Leon, as maids or waitresses. The poor young peasant girls, with dreams of life in the big city and money, would be happy to oblige.

They also ran classified ads for said positions, and promised the poor girls that they would receive a high wage and boarding in exchange for their work. Of course, once the girls arrived in the big city, they found themselves forced into sex slavery.

Other times the Gonzalez sisters, with the help of an Army Captain/Henchman and Delfina’s lover, Hermengildo Zuniga, would simply snatch the young girls, never to be seen again. In the late 1950’s Carmen died due to cancer.

At their “Guadalajara de Noche” and “Barca de Oro” Bars, the young girls would be put to work. The prettiest virgins were saved for later, awaiting patrons with fat wallets, who would pay top peso for an untouched girls. The others would be raped, intimidated and showered with ice water as initiation. The girls would have to buy their clothes and makeup strictly from the Gonzalez sisters.

Occasionally, the sisters got lazy and hired men—like their night watchman Hermenegildo “The Black Eagle” Zuniga or Estrada “The Executioner” Bocanegra—to kidnap girls for the prostitution ring. All of the girls were held in captivity, and many of them never got to see daylight. Virgins were set aside and saved for customers who were willing to pay top dollar, and others were raped and beaten by anyone who passed through the brothel. The clientele ranged from soldiers to councilmen, and the girls did not get paid for their services.

The girls, held against their will, never being allowed to go outside were controlled by the sisters and Zuniga “The Black Eagle”. Delfina’s son Ramon Torres “El Tepo” also served as muscle, keeping the girls in line. For years the sisters made tons of money selling booze and whores to soldiers, councilmen, cops and horny villagers.

The killing began when girls at the brothel started to get pregnant. The sisters would force all of the girls to abort their children, and the fetuses were buried on the ranch. The sisters’ main brothel, Rancho El Angel, soon garnered a reputation for being like a concentration camp. When girls got sick, refused to have sex with customers, or became infected with STDs—and they often did—they were murdered and buried alongside the fetuses.

‘The Black Eagle’ Is Hired To Kidnap Sex Workers. Hermenegildo Zúñiga Maldonado , “Captain Black Eagle”, was lover of Delfina and the one in charge to carry out the executions. They were sent to the ranch San Angel , where they were starved to death, buried, and after three or four months exhumed the corpses to incinerate them with gasoline, avoiding leaving traces. 

The disease-ridden conditions in which they lived were very bad, they remained segregated for a long time and had little to eat. Often they fell sick. When one of the girls got pregnant, she would be beaten and forced to abort, the fetuses dumped in the back yards of the brothels or buried at the sisters main ranch that resembled a concentration camp, Loma del Angel. If a girl got too sick, due to malnourishment or an STD or due to an impromptu abortion, she would be locked in a room, starved to death or the other girls would be forced to beat her to death with sticks and heavy logs. “The Black Eagle” and the sister’s chauffeur handled the bodies, burning them to ashes or burying them in mass graves. Johns with a lot of cash would also be murdered and their bodies buried, and their cash stolen.

In 1963, Ramon Torres “El Tepo” got into an argument with Lagos de Moreno, Jalisco cops and was shot to death inside one of the Gonzalez’ sisters brothel. The police closed down the place and it’s said that Delfina, Tepo’s mother, in a fit of rage ordered Hermenegildo Zuniga to track down the cops who killed her son and kill them on the spot. And kill them he did.

The sisters showed no mercy in their killings. They would kill girls by locking them in a room until they starved or they would beat girls with heavy logs. Some of the bodies were burned in mass graves, but many of them were buried in shallow graves. The brothel clients weren’t immune to the sisters’ murder spree either; they also killed men who came through the brothel that were carrying a lot of money. Clearly, the sisters never quite got over their fear of poverty no matter how much money they were making.

They would also kill customers who showed up with large amounts of cash. When asked for an explanation for the deaths, one of the sisters reportedly said, “The food didn’t agree with them.” Although they are often cited as the killers, there were two other sisters who helped in their crimes, Carmen and Maria Luisa.

Delfina Gonzalez Valenzuela

A girl points an accusatory finger at Delfina Gonzalez Valenzuela as Chuy looks on.

Although rumours about the brothel circulated around town, nothing came of the accusations until one of the kidnapped sex workers managed to escape in 1964.

In January 1964, one of the Gonzalez sisters “whores” managed to escape Loma del Angel through a small opening in the wall and fled. Zuniga and his cronies searched for Ortega to kill her but they could not find her throughout the countryside. Ortega managed to get a hold of her mother and together they went to the Leon, Guanajuato police to file a complaint. She was in luck, the cops she talked to were not on the sinister sister’s payroll. They soon got a search and arrest warrant against Chuy and Delfina Gonzalez and on January 14th, 1964 they raided Loma del Angel ranch.

Two girls stand near a mass grave as curious villagers look on at Rancho Loma del Angel.

When police arrived at the ranch, what they found was terrifying. The kidnapped girls were holed up in terrible conditions, and were quick to show authorities where the sisters had buried other girls, as well as their children and brothel customers. Altogether the police uncovered 91 dead bodies, including men, women, and fetuses. Later, in 2002, additional skeletons were uncovered. Eventually, the sisters were named “the most prolific murder partnership” by Guinness World Records.

Once the Mexican press got a hold of the story, it blew up and the sisters were given the nickname “The Poquianchis,” because they had purchased one of their first saloons from a gay man called “El Poquianchi.” Apparently, the sisters hated the nickname, but the press ran it anyway. The sisters were persecuted for their crimes, and even admitted to participating in Satanic rituals and forcing the kidnapped girls to practice bestiality.

The González sisters stood by in black shawls while volunteers excavated the graveyard in their ranch. In photos taken from the event, the women are shown wearing all black as they were in mourning for one of their relatives who had died from a gunshot wound obtained in a heated argument. Ironically, one of their cronies who buried most of the bodies, “The Black Eagle,” was one of the men who dug up majority of the graves, while angry villagers gathered outside demanding to lynch the sisters. Police and reporters found a dozen emaciated and dirty women at the ranch, locked in a room. As police and reporters explored the ranch, some of the girls pointed to spots in the ground and told them that’s where they would find “the bodies”.

Angry and shouting obscenities at their new accusers, the Gonzalez Valenzuela sisters could do nothing but watch as their chauffeur, also arrested, was forced to dig. There authorities found decomposed bodies and the bones of at least 91 women, men and fetuses.

Las Poquianchis being taken to their sinister ranch, Loma del Angel, on January 14, 1964.

A mob awaits eagerly to lynch Las Poquianchis (foreground, in black) as they are escorted by police.

Under heavy military guard, the sisters were taken to a jail San Francisco del Rincon, but seeing as how the whole town wanted to lynch the women, a judge sent them to squalid Irapuato City Jail. A week later, Maria Luisa Gonzalez Valenzuela went to a Mexico City police station and turned herself in, fearing being lynched. She thought she was immune, a judge had granted her immunity from the charges her sisters faced but upon arriving in Irapuato she too was arrested. There began the hectic interrogation and sensational trial of the century.

Dozens of ex prostitutes accused the sisters of rape, murder and extortion. The women accused “The Poquianchis” as the women were dubbed by the media, of dabbling in Satanism, forcing the women to practice sexual acts on animals, and killing and torturing dozens of young girls and johns. They accused Delfina, Maria Luisa and Maria de Jesus of corrupting and bribing local and state authorities, who were also regulars to the sisters bars and brothels. The chaotic trial, peppered with insults and yelling back and forth from the Gonzalez sisters and their accusers was short and a judge sentenced the 3 sisters to 40 years in prison.

A Police Officer readies an unhappy Maria de Jesus Gonzalez for her mugshot in San Francisco del Rincon, Guanajuato.

Delfina and María de Jesús González (known as “Las Poquianchis”) The Sisters Starved, Beat, And Burned Girls.

Delfina Gonzalez Valenzuela, the oldest “Poquianchi” went mad, fearing she would be murdered in jail. On October 17, 1968, while she screamed and ranted, workers doing reparations above her cell in Irapuato jail, looked down to catch a glimpse of the notorious woman and accidentally dropped a bucket of cement on her head, killing her.

Maria Luisa Gonzalez Valenzuela “Eva the Leggy One” died alone in her cell at Irapuato jail on November 19, 1984. Her body, already being eaten by rats, was discovered a day later.

Although they are often cited as the killers, there were two other sisters who helped in their crimes, Carmen and Maria Luisa. Carmen died in jail due to cancer; Maria Luisa went mad because she feared that she would be killed by angry protesters.

Maria de Jesus Valenzuela, the youngest of the “Poquianchis” was the only one to be freed. It is unknown why or when she was freed, but legend has it she met a 64 year old man in prison, and once both were outside, they married and lived their life in obscurity, finally dying of old age in the mid 1990’s.

In 2002, workers clearing land for a new housing development in Purisima del Rincon, Guanajuato, down the road from the notorious Loma del Angel ranch, found the remains of about 20 skeletons in a pit. Authorities said the victims were probably buried there in the 1950’s or 1960’s, victims of Las Poquianchis.

If this is true, it raises the number of murders past 110 people.

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