The Crazy Mom is a creepy story about a young Mexican woman who is abandoned by her husband.
In Mexico, there is a legend that, years ago, in the early 1800s, there lived a beautiful young woman named Tita Gomez. She fell in love with a handsome young man and, after they got married, they settled down together in a small house near the Sierra Madre mountains.
For a few years, they lived a happy and carefree life. Soon, Tita became pregnant. Not long after that, the Mexican War of Independence broke out and Tita’s husband was called up to fight against the Spanish. As he was leaving, he kissed his wife goodbye and promised he would return when the war was over.
Soon afterwards, Tita Gomez gave birth to a baby boy. She eagerly awaited the arrival of her husband, but the war seemed to drag on and on. Years passed and, by the time the war ended, Tita’s son was almost eleven years old. Everyone said he bore a striking resemblance to his father. Tita raised her son as best she could, but they were often short of money.
Her beloved husband had still not returned and Tita Gomez spent many evenings crying uncontrollably. As time went on, she fell into despair. They had virtually no money and their situation was becoming critical. She was often forced to starve herself so that her son would have food to eat.
Gradually, under the stress of poverty and lonliness, Tita began to lose her mind. She was still waiting for her husband to return and would not accept that he was probably dead. Her imagination began to run rampant and she became paranoid. The poor woman was sure that her husband had abandoned her and gone off with other women. It was the only way she could explain his absence.
Tita started to imagine that she saw her husband walking down the street or looking in their window at night. As she slowly descended into madness, her hatred for her husband grew more and more bitter.
One day, her son came home from school and called out, “Hi, I’ve returned at last!”
Tita came running out of her bedroom, her eyes full of bitterness and hatred.
Her son looked at her, confused. “Why are you staring at me like that?” he asked.
Tita didn’t answer. All she did was stare at him with tears in her eyes.
Eventually, she screamed, “Why have you done this to me? I have remained here every day of every year, desperately awaiting your return! Now that your women have left, you have decided to come back to me? I won’t take your unfaithfulness anymore! Die! Die! Die!”
Tita was overcome by madness. Before her son had a chance to react, she pulled out a large kitchen knife and thrust it right through his belly. She screamed with anger and stabbed him again and again. The walls of the small house were streaked with blood by the time her fury abated.
With the last of his strength, the boy screamed, “You’re czazy Mom! Why are you doing this? What did I ever do to you? I love you!”
When she came to her senses, Tita saw the lifeless body of her son on the ground and dropped to her knees.
“Madre de Dios!” she cried in despair. “You’re not my husband! You are my son!”
Wracked with guilt, Tita Gomez decided to hide her horrible crime and bury her son behind the house. However, a neighbor saw her leaving with her hands and face covered in blood and a large bundle clasped tightly in her arms. In her madness, Tita laid her son’s bloody body on the ground and began digging a grave in full view of her neighbor.
Raising the alarm, the neighbor ran through the village shouting, “Tita Gomez is a killer! She murdered her own son to save herself some money!”
A crowd gathered and began shouting at the crazed mother.
“I am innocent!” Tita screamed. “He deserved it! He cheated on me!”
The crowd began to chant “Murderer! Murderer!” Then, they picked up rocks and began throwing them at Tita, stoning her. Tita cried out in pain and collapsed to the ground.
“I am innocent!” she screamed. “I am innocent!”
Soon, her dying screams ceased and she lay dead, in a pool of blood. An eerie silence that came over the crowd and some of the men took Tita’s broken body up to the top of the mountain. There, they dug a deep pit, threw her in and covered the grave with a huge rock. Her beloved son was given a lavish funeral and his body was laid to rest in a nice tomb in the village cemetery.
They say that, since that day, the ghost of Tita Gomez has been unable to rest in peace. Even today, many years after that horrible event, it is said that she wanders down from the mountains and walks through the cemetery crying and screaming and lamenting her dead son.
Her grave is at the top of the Sierra Madre mountains, next to a small ravine. They say that if you go there, you must take a stone and
throw it into the grave, because if you don’t, when you pass by the grave, her ghost will emerge and stone you to death.