Sunday, September 19, 2010

Brooks Was Here

In honor of Yom Kippur, we bring you the saddest tale of atonement and forgiveness we've ever heard.

Every year on Independence Day, the governor of Querétaro pardons a handful of prisoners in honor of Fr. Hidalgo's similar act of liberation so the prisoners could fight for Mexico. Among the 23 inmates released this year was 63-year-old Francisca Santiago Casimira, an Otomí woman who spent seven years in jail after beating her abusive husband to death with a rock.  Generally, these indulto ceremonies are happy occasions, but not for Sra Santiago.

Every time a reporter asked her a question, she would repeat that she was alone and didn't know what she was going to do now that she was free.

During her time in prison, nobody visited here: not her two brothers nor her three half-sisters.  Today was no exception.

Again and again she said that she would prefer not to leave, but rather to stay inside, in the San José El Alto women's prison.

So there.  Wasn't that uplifting?

[Note: Photo via, which does not identify the subject, but we're pretty sure that's her.]

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