La Pascualita: The Corpse Bride of Mexico
La Pascualita is a bridal mannequin that has “lived” in a store window in Chihuahua, Mexico for the past 75 years. According to urban legend, La Pascualita isn’t a dummy at all, but the perfectly preserved corpse of the previous owner’s daughter.
La Pascualita was first installed in 1930, dressed in a spring-seasonal bridal gown. People simply could not tear their sight away from this new mannequin, with the wide-set glass eyes, real hair and blushing skin tone. They realized that the mannequin closely resembled the shop’s owner at the time, Pascuala Esparza. It didn’t take long for them to come to the conclusion that the dummy was in fact the embalmed body of her daughter, who had died recently on her wedding day [and] By the time Pascuala could issue an official statement denying the rumors, nobody was willing to believer her.
Of course, the speculated presence of a corpse must naturally be accompanied by supernatural happenings. Several odd incidents have been reported. It is said that a love-sick French magician would arrive at night and magically bring it to life, taking her out to town. A few others believe that her gaze shifts and follows them around the store. At night, she is also believed to shift positions in the window.
Sonia Burciaga, a shop worker says, “Every time I go near Pascualita my hands break out in a sweat. Her hands are very realistic and she even has varicose veins on her legs. I believe she’s a real person.”