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Pancho Villa

  • Original Name Doroteo Arango
  • Birth 5 Jun 1878 San Juan del Rio, San Juan del Río Municipality, Durango, Mexico
  • Death 20 Jul 1923 Hidalgo del Parral, Hidalgo del Parral Municipality, Chihuahua, Mexico
  • Burial Hidalgo del Parral, Hidalgo del Parral Municipality, Chihuahua, Mexico
  • Memorial ID 11736

Mexican Revolutionary and Bandit. There is disagreement of where he is buried. He was first buried in the cemetery in Parral and grave robbers stole his head in 1926. Later the president of Mexico wanted the body moved to Mexico city, but there is a story that the mayor of Parral substituted another body that was sent to Mexico City. The story of his burial(s): For many years, after his 1923 assasination, Pancho Villa's body was buried in the Pantheon de los Dolores in Parral, Mexico. In 1972, a national monument dedicated to the heroes of the Mexican Revolution was to be built in Mexico City, and the government insisted Willa's body be brought to the monument at that time. There had been many bounties on his head, including one from Americans for his attack on Columbus, New Mexico. One local seeing a wanted poster, assumed that the reward was literally for the head of Panco Villa, dug up his body and removed the head...When Don Alvarado, a local baron and friend of Pancho's heard about the robbery, he had his body moved from lot 632 to lot 10, but he had to find another body to take his place. Two years later, a woman terminally ill with cancer went to the USA for treatment, but died on the way. The men who helped move Villa's body contacted Alvarado about the possible replacement, but that it was a woman. She was chosen regardless, and her body was placed in lot 632. Many years later, when the Mexican goverment came to collect the remains, they found dress buttons, a pelvis, a femur, and a few other bones. Apparently when the chief medical examiner was handed the pelvis, he thought it was a joke, as the pelvis was obviously that of a young woman. So according to local Parral, thousands visit the Monument of the Revolution, to pay respects to an unknown woman, while Pancho rests at home.

Bio by: Steven Baldwin





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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 14 Aug 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11736
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Pancho Villa (5 Jun 1878–20 Jul 1923), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11736, citing Parral Cemetery, Hidalgo del Parral, Hidalgo del Parral Municipality, Chihuahua, Mexico ; Maintained by Find A Grave .