¨Come with me darling, I have sweets for you¨. Just after dusk on the 10th of February 1912, five year old Teresita Guitart became the latest victim in a series of strange kidnappings happening in Barcelona, Spain.
Two weeks later, a woman noticed the face of a terrified girl looking at her through the window of her neighbour´s flat. Immediately she recalled the story of Teresita Guitart and news about the incident reached the authorities.
In the early hours of the 27th of February 1912, a group of guards showed up at number 29 in Ponent street. The door was answered by a woman who identified herself as Enriqueta Marti.
As police made their way inside the flat they came across two small girls, one of them was Teresita Guitart. But the most shocking discoveries were a sack containing several bones of small children along with their blood stained clothes and a large knife. Jars with what appeared to be human fat, and a fair amount of human hair. In another room they found an antique book of witchcraft, a small diary, and a list with dates, prices and names of rich members of the Catalan society.
From her diary police learned that Enriqueta Marti lived previously in different flats located in Barcelona. At least fourteen different sets of child bones were recovered from holes made in the walls of these addresses.
Further investigation revealed that Enriqueta Marti prostituted, murdered and used the blood and fat of her victims to make remedies. She sold these medicines and procured children to rich clients outside the Liceu theatre and other locations in Barcelona.
But the end of Enriqueta Marti is surrounded by mystery. While awaiting trial, she was murdered by her cellmates apparently paid by someone who feared what she could tell the authorities.
The amount of children murdered by Enriqueta Marti is unknown until today.