by Juanita Nonwo – EM TV Online
For about 85 years, visitors from around the world have been travelling to La Popular, a tiny bridal shop in Mexico to see La Pascualita, a mannequin. It is believed that the mannequin may be a corpse instead of a fake dummy.
The odd-looking doll was first modelled in the bridal shop on March 25 in 1930, which at the time was owned by Pascuala Esparza. The bizarre thing about the doll was that it took similar resemblance to the shop owner’s daughter who was bitten by a black widow spider and died on her wedding day. Watch video here.
Rumours began to spread that the stunning mannequin was actually the embalmed body of Esparza’s daughter; by the time Esparza made her claim that the rumour was false; it was too late as nobody believed her and legends had already eventuated that during the late odd hours in the night, a love-struck French magician visits the shop, bringing the mannequin to life, taking her out to town.
Shop workers have complained that the doll’s eyes eerily shifts and follows them, watching them as they go about with their routines, some have complained placing the dummy at one spot and closing the shop for the day only to come back the next day to find her in a different position.
However, sceptics have pointed out how it is less likely to preserve a well-kept body for over 80 years; but whether this is a hoax or not, there really is a mystery behind keeping a dummy for over 80 years in a small bridal shop; and what’s more mysterious, the doll can only be changed by two workers behind closed door.
Visitors to the shop leave a believer that she really is an embalmed body saying her hands and legs are too real to be a doll.
Sonia Burciaga, a shop worker who has to change the dolls clothes twice a week said:
“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.”