Crime without punishment in Los Galindos

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Crime without punishment in Los Galindos





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The farmhouse facade, setting and testimony of the tragic crime


In the afternoon of July 22, 1975, the workers returned from the field work to ‘Los Galindos’, a farm located about two kilometers from Paradas, a Sevillian town of almost 8,000 inhabitants, just 53 from the capital. There they meet a creepy show, first appears the corpse of Juana Martín Macías, 53 years old, wife of the farm manager, then two other bodies appear, Ramón Parrilla González, 40 years old, and Asunción Peralta Montera, 34 years old, wife of the farm tractor driver , José González Jiménez. The body of 59-year-old Manuel Zapata, foreman of the farm, appears three days later. The five were neighbors of Paradas.

After the macabre discovery, the pain undermines the broken families to which is added the palpable fear of a whole people that, oblivious to the causes that have caused the bloody murder, fears for their lives.




Facade of the Paradas farmhouse


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Facade of the Paradas farmhouse


The crude execution of the investigation of the crimes added to the deficient diligences in the first and decisive moments that follow make its resolution impossible, making it a perfect crime. Shuffled hypotheses as strange as the passionate motive, the brawls, drug trafficking, and even of military political origin, e The case summary is reopened four times.

Until in 1983, Judge Heriberto Asensio Cantisán lbequeathed to Marchena, his first legal destination and took the reins of the case summary, becoming the fourth heir of the case, almost six hundred pages long. Believing himself in the duty to close it definitively, he is obsessed with finding the guilty and making them pay the most serious crime. When the young judge takes charge of the proceedings, the summary is based on a thesis that defends the guilt of José González. According to the same, the alleged murderer had acted out of a passionate feeling. Thus the tractor driver, after claiming the daughter of the foreman Manuel Zapata, had married Asunción Peralta, six years his senior. Years later, Zapata’s daughter had become pregnant in the town and González had been the object of continuous ridicule by his companions in the farmhouse. Moved by anger, after being reprimanded by the foreman, he had lost control and after assassinating him, he had killed Juana in the house in the same way and dragged her to the room at the back of the foremen’s house, closing the entrance door with a padlock.Grill, indiscreet witness when passing through the place had been accidentally shot to death. Immediately afterwards González had gone to Paradas in search of his wife, had led her to the farmhouse and after having a strong discussion with her, he had also murdered her and then set her on fire. The Civil Guard ended its report offering two possibilities to the death of the murderer. Suicide, immolating himself with his wife or accidental involuntary death.The judge is not satisfied and the version that is kept secret, passes into the hands of the Seville police.Meanwhile, daily life in Paradas becomes hell for the neighbors involved in the crime. Parrilla’s widow, with two daughters, withdraws the salute to the González’s. José’s mother, Concepción, seventy years old, secludes herself in her home and never steps on the street again. Zapata’s two daughters liquidate their home, acquired with money advanced by the Marquis, and do not return to town. The Marquis de los Galindos does not set foot in the town again.




One of the sisters of the family of 'Los Galindos'


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One of the sisters of the family of ‘Los Galindos’


Judge Asensio spends whole nights reading the summary and after working on it tirelessly, and consider the valuable investigative journalistic contributions of José Fernández de Radio Sevilla, broadcaster of Cadena Ser and Cary Peral in the Weekly Report of TVE, as well as the deductions provided by the professor of Legal Medicine Luis Frontela, proceeds to exonerate José González as the author of the bloody crime. The magistrate defends that the executors of the same it had been two men and that none of them lived in ‘Los Galindos’. Shortly after, the case passed to the special judge in charge of the summary investigation, Antonio Moreno Andrade, who stated that he suspected that Influencers “helped paralyze the investigation.”




THE SLAUGHTER, OCCURRED ON JUNE 22, 1975 IN THE CORTIJO 'LOS GALINDOS' IN THE VILLAGE OF PARDAS AND WHICH COST THE LIVES OF THE FIVE PEOPLE WHO LIVED ON THE WAY TO RESOLVE THE WAY


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THE SLAUGHTER, OCCURRED ON JUNE 22, 1975 IN THE CORTIJO ‘LOS GALINDOS’ IN THE VILLAGE OF PARDAS AND WHICH COST THE LIVES OF THE FIVE PEOPLE WHO LIVED ON THE WAY TO RESOLVE THE WAY


The lawyer dares to point out that one of the extremes that have never been investigated is that before the crime, a secret meeting of high-ranking military officers was held in the farmhouse, at the moment when General Franco was dying in a Madrid clinic. The judge also informs that the owner and administrator of ‘Los Galindos’, Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba, cavalry captain, had met with the military governor of Seville at that time to ask him’ to cease or limit to its just terms the siege and the inconvenience to which he was subjected by the first investigations of the fivefold murder’.Thirteen years later, in 1988 the case is closed permanently. In 1995, homicide, one of the bloodiest of our black chronicle prescribed, according to article 13 of the penal code. The unpunished murderers remain at large.

The massacre has not been forgotten and over time the economic hypothesis has gained weight: an alleged high-flight scam (the farm was owned by the Marquis of Grañina), of which the dead would have been uncomfortable witnesses.




CRIME OF LOS GALINDOS: Paradas (Seville), 26-7-1975.- Poster announcing the mass to be held in memory of the five people murdered in the 'Los Galindos' farmhouse. EFE


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CRIME OF LOS GALINDOS: Paradas (Seville), 26-7-1975.- Poster announcing the mass to be held in memory of the five people murdered in the ‘Los Galindos’ farmhouse. EFE


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