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What happened at the end of the president’s government José Pardo (1915-1919) Lima shook a little more than a century ago. That early morning of Thursday, November 21, 1918, Carlos Goldz (1886-1918), a 32-year-old American businessman, was assassinated in a room of the “Hotel Raimondi”, in the Union street, in the heart of Lima, at the point of ax blows. In other media, the hotel was referred to as the “American pension.” Goldz had come to Peru from Brazil in 1913, but he never imagined that his life would end in such a brutal way five years later.

Carlos Goldz He was the owner of the hotel (it had been transferred to him). There, in that nursing home, he rented rooms to delivery artists, occasional travelers, and all kinds of merchants. He reserved one of the largest rooms, where he lived alone. Was a businessman and from a certain world, but its origins were somewhat obscure.

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With skill, he entered the social world of Lima, becoming the boyfriend of a high-class girl. He was a few days away from marrying her (the marriage was agreed for Sunday 24 of that month), when the businessman’s murder occurred. Who could kill Goldz? This was a well-off man, and this perhaps made him gratuitous enemies in the corporate world. But it was his private life that would bring him the final disgrace.

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A DARK STORY

The police press speculated with the idea of ​​a passion homicide, since Goldz had lovers beyond his formal relationship with that society lady. Also, there were other suspects such as an employee fired days before the crime, his manager and even a hotel guest with whom Goldz had some quarrels.

Carlos Goldz, 32, was a businessman and owner of the Hotel Raimondi, located on the fifth block of Jirón de la Unión (Espaderos street).  The intellectual author of his crime was his Chilean lover, Yolanda Manrique.  (Photo: GEC Historical Archive)
Carlos Goldz, 32, was a businessman and owner of the Hotel Raimondi, located on the fifth block of Jirón de la Unión (Espaderos street). The intellectual author of his crime was his Chilean lover, Yolanda Manrique. (Photo: GEC Historical Archive)

Interrogations of hotel staff allowed the Police of the First Barracks know the existence of a lover with her own name: Yolanda manrique. It was about a woman of Chilean nationality who had become her lover. With the marriage close, the arguments, claims and threats between Goldz and Manrique caught the attention of the people of the “american pension”.

The chilean he allegedly had him threatened, according to police testimonies. Investigators even tracked down the upper-class girlfriend, who they kept seeing as one of the suspects. It was a complex case because everyone involved seemed to have alibis that belied their participation in the heinous crime of the Espaderos street. However, the Police executed several “preventive prisons“, He said Trade.

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Until the police focused on the figure of Yolanda manrique. Police intuition took center stage. The Chilean woman was married, but her intimate bond with the victim was undeniable; she herself admitted it to the interrogations. Manrique was found to be a prostitute that Goldz had met in Chile and with whom he had arrived in Peru in 1913. Between them there was a loving bond, and a high degree of economic and emotional dependency. She was defined by the police investigations as an ambitious, selfish person, capable of lying and feigning feelings.

Investigations by the Lima Intendancy – it counted Trade, on December 20, 1923- they were deepened and a letter torn but reconstructed by police experts gave details of a key person in the crime scene. Alibis were running out Manrique. Her husband tried to cover her up, but the police were closing in on her due to the revelation of more witnesses and increasingly irrefutable facts.

The newspaper El Comercio reported the police incident and followed the case until the police authorities discovered the elusive murderers in 1923. (Headline photo: GEC Historical Archive)
The newspaper El Comercio reported the police incident and followed the case until the police authorities discovered the elusive murderers in 1923. (Headline photo: GEC Historical Archive)

TradeHe even highlighted the fact – discovered by police investigators – that there was a first attempted murder. Such an event, unknown at first, occurred when Yolanda manrique quoted Carlos Goldz far from “Raimondi hotels”, In a private house, outside the city walls. There he planned to assassinate him with the help of his accomplice. But Goldz did not attend his lover’s ambush.

It was confirmed, after long investigations, that Yolanda manrique She had an accomplice, who was not her husband (whom she cheated on numerous times), but a subject, the husband of the Raimondi cook. The Police were only able to complete in 1923 The puzzle of that November murder 1918.

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THE SICARIO WAS A BUTCHER

The accomplice was a butcher by trade, and he got to know Yolanda because he was visiting the “American pension” to see his wife, the local cook. The Chilean would have contacted him to be the hit man who would end Goldz’s life. In this way, he would take revenge on who he believed to be his abuser and whom he pointed to as his corrupter. That, at least, was what I thought Yolanda manrique.

The link test among the murderous accomplices was a expensive ring that the butcher received as payment, and that he had hours after he tried to sell it in a jewelry store in downtown Lima. In this way, detained and exhaustively interrogated, the hitman ended up confess his bloody crime with a clean machete, in an act that repeated the way he carried out his work in the slaughterhouse. The dark subject also accused, without any penalty, the intellectual author: Yolanda manrique.

The image of Yolanda Manrique, Carlos Goldz's Chilean lover, apparently revealed a peaceful woman;  but this was far from what it really was.  She searched for the hit man and found him in a deranged butcher who carried out the crime.  (Photo: GEC Historical Archive)
The image of Yolanda Manrique, Carlos Goldz’s Chilean lover, apparently revealed a peaceful woman; but this was far from what it really was. She searched for the hit man and found him in a deranged butcher who carried out the crime. (Photo: GEC Historical Archive)

According to the newspaper Trade, the case caused a lot of fear among the residents of Lima. However, the Police had received help from key witnesses who made it possible to identify the perpetrators of the crime. The dean newspaper indicated that the statements of the hotel staff were very useful and, especially, the direct version of the owner of a cafe in the city. Baquíjano street, what is today block seven of the Union street, that is, two blocks from the bloody hotel.

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So, it could be said with evidence and testimonies at hand that “the crime was carried out when Goldz slept, as has been proven in the court records“, He said Trade. The lawyers of the accused tried to mitigate the guilt and responsibilities of their clients, “but the evidence was full and left no room for doubt”.

That Thursday, December 20, 1923, the judge dictated final sentence. Capital punishment probed the mind of justice, in the first instance, but then the crime and its circumstances and the Supreme Court, “composed of doctors Osma, Romero, Maguiña, Granda and Correa“, The dean newspaper detailed, they declared the culprits deserving of a somewhat benign penalty, that is, a”prison sentence“: Yolanda Manrique, for murder, received a sentence of 14 years in prison (she was released in 1937); The violent butcher, for murder and robbery, was sentenced to only 15 years in prison (he was released in 1938).

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