Casey Anthony will be released from jail, sometime after 12:01 A.M., Sunday. I can't but help to think of the similarities to the infamous legend of "La Llorona". I've decided to repost this blog entry.
In Hispanic folklore, La Llorona (The Weeping Woman) is the spirit of a woman doomed to walk the earth as punishment for her sins.
In life, her name was Maria. It is said she was a poor woman who had a short fling with a wealthy man and grew obsessed with him. The man refused to marry her because she had three children from a previous relationship. In desperation, Maria drowned each of her children at the river.
When she murdered her last child, she cleaned herself up, put on her best white dress (some say bridal gown) and approached the man, begging him to marry her. When the man realized what Maria had done, he was horrified and shunned her, refusing to see her or even speak to her.
Weeping in despair, Maria then slowly walked the riverbank, searching for the bodies of the children she murdered to give them a proper burial, only to discover that the current had swept the bodies away. Maria then walked into the river and committed suicide by drowning herself.
Her soul found no rest for she is doomed to haunt riverbanks searching for the children she murdered, weeping as she wanders.
The La Llorona tale differs from person to person and place to place, but the same elements of a woman punished to wander the earth, weeping for her children, remain the same.
Appearance: Weeping female ghost dressed in white, searching for her children.
Lore: In some stories, La Llorona abducts children, especially ones that remind her of the children she murdered.
Got Milk? - La Llorona
A haunting poem about La Llorona can be read at the link below.