La Lola: The Vengeful Female Spirit of Northern Chile

The hills of Northern Chile are not safe for men walking alone at night.  A female spirit known as La Lola stalks the night, lost and enraged over the murder of her husband….but that’s only where the story ends.

It seems there was once a young woman named Dolores who was never at a loss for suitors as her father was extremely wealthy.  She was beautiful and the men called her “Lola”, but her father was very protective and did his best to keep the men at bay.  Only the perfect man would do for his beloved daughter.

One day, Lola met a handsome young man, and fell in love at first sight.  But the man was a poor miner.  Her father would never accept him.

Blind with love, Lola ran away with the young man.   They soon fell in with a group of his fellow miners and before long, the young man struck gold.  Finally wealthy, they returned to Lola’s father who reluctantly gave his blessing upon their marriage.  Lola would soon discover, however, that though she loved him dearly, he did not return that love.

The husband went out every night, carousing with friends and sleeping with other women.  It happened so often that Lola was driven mad with jealousy and broken by her abused love.

Late one night, her husband returned home to find Lola waiting on him.  Before he could react, Lola had stabbed the man to death.  In the act of murder, Lola’s final tenuous ties to sanity were broken.  She fled into the night, shrieking at the top of her lungs.

Days later, Lola returned to her home, weeping and disheveled.  In her madness, she no longer recognized the fact that she had killed her husband.  Instead, she insisted that a man, jealous of their love, had killed her husband to claim Lola for himself.  In the dead of night, Lola stole her husband’s coffin and dragged it into the hills in search of the murderer.

Unable to find the man responsible, Lola climbed higher and higher into the hills and mountains.  When she finally died, she still had not managed to find the man responsible for her husband’s death, and so, in death, she continues her search.

Men in the mountains are said to hear their names called at night.  If they follow the voice, they will find themselves face to face with Lola.  She is beautiful, glowing in solid white with her husband’s black coffin behind her.  If he finds her, so they say, he will never be heard from again, killed by La Lola for murdering her husband…

 

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