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In the town of Don Benito in Extremadura Spain, an unexpected witness accuses a chieftain, with the protection of the authorities, the murder of a mother and daughter, made the whole town knew. It's ninth episode of the series "La Huella Del Crimen", produced by Pedro Costa Muste for TVE in 1985.
They have 113 years passed since Maria Ines Calderon and her mother, Catalina Barragan, were brutally murdered. From the night of July 19, 1902, Don Benito has reserved a black chapter in the chronicle of this country. The incident caused the overflow of a people demanding justice. The population regardless of age, sex or social class, joined against the abuse of power of the landlord Carlos Garcia de Paredes. More than a century later, this event echoes resonate in story form. Nothing does the Don Benito from the early twentieth century to the present, though their corners still hide secrets and anecdotes of famous crime.
Even the street where the house where criminals killed with premeditation first the mother and then to daughter keeps the same name was. Then it was Father Cortes Street, now called Virgen Street. Don Benito thousands of citizens took to the streets to bid farewell to her two countrywomen. Two kilometers long measured the funeral procession passed through the streets Groizard. Shops closed and their owners joined the mourning. The consternation was such that the participants made a public subscription to pay the funeral expenses. Today, his grave with flowers-was-still can be seen in one side of the municipal cemetery.
One of the aspects that were in the transcendent importance of the case was the aristocratic character of Garcia de Paredes, who enjoyed the protection of Enrique Donoso-Cortes, senator and his uncle. This landlord hid their evil ways. His house, which now belongs to another owner, occupies the corner of Pedro Granda.
However, his influence did not deprive him of being judged. They arrived journalists at all levels, to international correspondents. The Provincial Court itself moved to Don Benito in an unusual gesture. There were 11 sessions last for duration of 34 hours. 211 witnesses were presented and the main was a young man of about 18 years since I lived here.
In the style of "Fuenteovejuna" groups of anonymous people they took turns standing guard at the court house on Villanueva Street (place in today's House of Culture) to prevent the transfer of prisoners. "It was the era of despotism and the people were tired of putting so much. Garcia de Paredes was one that bothered and said. Finally, almost three years after the crime, the chief and his accomplice, Ramon Martin de Castejon, were executed by "Garrote Vil"; and the calm that opened the door to commit the crime, Pedro Cidoncha, sentenced to 20 years in prison, where ended up dying.
This event became a movie in 1988, "Jarrapellejos" directed by Antonio Jiménez Rico and starring Antonio Ferrandis, written by Felipe Trigo, who was inspired by this crime.
There is also a chapter of the television program "La Huella Del Crimen" called "El Crimen De Don Benito" Directed by Antonio Drove, with Fernando Delgado, Emma Penella, Gabino Diego.
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