Enriqueta Martí i Ripollés (Sant Feliu de Llobregat 1868 – Barcelona 12th of May 1913) was a Catalan child murderer, kidnapper and procuress of children. She was a self-styled serial killer who made her living through the sale of charms and potions made with human remains, and prostituting little children. Enriqueta was arrested by police in Barcelona the 27th of February of 1912 on charges of abducting several local children. Enriqueta Martí was imprisoned in the penitentiary for women “Reina Amalia” (establishment closed and demolished in 1936).
Her last victims, two young girls named Angelita and Teresita Guitart Congost, were rescued alive from the killer’s flat, horrifying police with a tale of murder. Angelita was witness to how Enriqueta killed a kidnapped five-year-old boy called “Pepito” on the kitchen table of the flat. Her flat was in the 29, 1st floor of Ponent Street (today Carrer de Joaquim Costa [or Joaquim Costa Street in English] in El Raval. But she had more flats in Barcelona, about three where she hid the remains of her victims or she stored them alive to be later used in her potions. In a Ponent Street flat the police found several human remains, jars with greasy and coagulated blood, bones, an ancient book of potions, and a notebook written by Enriqueta in Catalan with recipes and potions. In the other flats skulls, and many types of bones were found, legs, hands, hair, ribs. As ultimately pieced together by authorities, Enriqueta’s local crimes claimed at least twelve victims. But it is thought there were more victims because she kidnapped, prostituted, and killed children over a twenty year time period. After murdering the children, she would boil their bodies down for use as prime ingredients (blood, fat, ground bone) in her expensive “love potions,” or potions to treat tuberculosis, syphilis, and other diseases.
Rich people of the city of Barcelona paid great amounts of money for these potions. Also, rich paedophiles contracted the services of Enriqueta, an expert at procuring children. She had been arrested in 1909 with a very rich young man, accused of running a brothel with children. But her contacts with the high society of Barcelona prevented her from being judged for the crime. Enriqueta Martí was killed one year and three months after her arrest in February of 1912, by her prison companions. Because of her death the judgment never was celebrated.