Tigre de Santa Julia’ Skull

Who wants to know whose skull this is?

“They caught him like the Tigre of Santa Julia” was a saying very much of use among the old men of Mexico.

Born in Cuerámaro Guanajuato, José de Jesús Negrete Medina or “El Tigre de Santa Julia” (Cuerámaro, Guanajuato, 1873-Mexico City, December 22, 1910) was a soldier and later a bandit during the time of the Porfiriato in Mexico. From his real life he has become a legend that has made him into a kind of Robin Hood.

The skull of the Tigre is at the Isidro Fabela Cultural Center in San Ángel, Mexico City.

On May 28, 1906, he was apprehended near his house in a nopalera when he was defecating, a place that corresponds to the present alley of the Nopalito. He was transferred to the prison of Belen. After having been requested five times for the death penalty and despite the efforts of his defender, Justo San Pedro, to save his life, he was finally shot on December 22, 1910, when he was thirty-seven years old.

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