Episode 3: Horror Ranch: The Gonzalez Valenzuela Sisters, or "Las Poquianchis"


The Gonzalez Valenzuela sisters did not have an easy childhood, but when they grew up, they proceeded to steadily destroy the childhoods of other young women. When their “horror ranch” was discovered, the people of Mexico were appalled at the secrets that began to emerge.


Reading Killer Women: Narratives of Twentieth Century Latin America, by Alicia Muñoz

La Historia detrás del Mito: "Las Poquianchis" (documentary)

“Police Uncover 17 Bodies, Victims of White Slave Ring’s ‘Discipline,’” Arizona Daily Star, 18 Jan 1964

“White Slave Toll Climbs to 28,” El-Paso Herald-Post, 20 Jan 1964

“Mexican Girl Tells of Being Lured to White Slavery By Pair,” Corsicana Daily Sun, 23 Jan 1964

“Trial Ordered for Sisters in Prostitute Ring Slayings,” Del Rio News Herald, 22 Jan 1964

“Murder, Slavery Suspect on Trial,” Fort Lauderdale News, 16 Feb 1964

“Mexico Shocked, But Vice is Not Rampant,” The Indianapolis News, 6 Feb 1964


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Tori Telfer