New Mexico is a favourite haunt of La Llorona, and she is often sighted along the Rio Grand. In Santa Fe, the skeletally thin wailing woman has been repeatedly sighted in and around the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) building. The five-story structure, near a tributary Southwest 175 of the Rio Grande, is built over an old Spanish graveyard. The two bottom floors are underground, deep in the graveyard. Employees report hearing sobbing echoes through the corridors and sometimes feel unseen hands push them on the stairs. Many locals refuse to go anywhere near the building. The timeless legend of the Weeping Woman, La Llorona, originated in South America and traveled to the American southwest via Mexico. La Llorona is always said to be tall and thin, with long dark hair and a flowing white gown. She is the ghost of a mother who drowned her own children in a creek and now eternally sobs as she searches for them along creeks and rivers. The finer details vary, but while the Weeping Woman is most often thought of as a tragic figure, she is also portrayed by parents of disobedient children as a banshee who will come for them if they don’t behave. In fact, the California Milk Advisory Board sometimes runs a “got milk?” ad that features La Llorona. La Llorona is also a prominent figure in Taos and Taos Pueblo, Guadalupta, and Colfax, a ghost town near Cimarron, New Mexico.
Written by — Tamara Thorne – Author Independent Paranormal Investigator
THE WEEPING WOMAN PUBLIC EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION BUILDING
1120 PASEO DE PERALTA SANTA FE,
NEW MEXICO 87501