The Cortijo Jurado, or Casa Encantada as it is known, is a 19th-century mansion that lies in ruins just off the A-357 near Campanillas Village in Málaga Province. It enjoys the reputation as being one of the most haunted houses in the Province; the 45,206 square metres of land that makes up the Cortijo estate is estimated to be worth 1.4 million euros. The mansion was built in the 19th century by the influential Heredia family from Málaga, one of Andalucia’s wealthiest families at the time; the building boasts 365 windows, one for each day of the year and was constructed as a cortijo as part of a plan to convert the farm into a grand agricultural enterprise. In 1925, the property passed to the Jurado family, it is known in Málaga as ‘the haunted mansion’, not only for its ghostly appearance, but due to numerous reports of mysterious voices and strange sounds that have been heard there without explanation. It is among the best known ‘haunted’ buildings in Spain and is considered a sort of temple by followers of paranormal phenomena.
Legend has it that the Heredia family, together with other rich families in the area, kidnapped young girls, aged between 18 and 21, subjected them to sinister satanic rituals, involving rape and murder. The bodies of their victims are said to be buried deep within the property. Whilst it is true that many young girls did disappear during this period, nothing was proven to connect their disappearance to the Heredia family. Many say they used their influence to evade justice. Whatever the truth of the matter, paranormal enthusiasts maintain that the pain and suffering that took place within those grim walls has led to inexplicable ghostly phenomena. In 2002, Málaga Council approved a proposal submitted by the Mirador group to build a four-star hotel complex in the grounds of the Cortijo Jurado and to renovate the original building to provide a cultural edifice, open to the public. In December, 2004, the construction licence was issued and a high-profile event was arranged, during which Málaga’s Mayor, Francisco de la Torre, laid the symbolic foundation stone to inaugurate the commencement of the project.
Four years not a single brick has been laid. Since the Mirador group has faced a number of lawsuits from clients to whom they sold properties which were never built; the courts froze the lands of the Cortijo to protect debts of over five million euros, most of, owed to Promociones Pantie, from whom Mirador secured the mortgage for this property. Málaga Council is owed 365,000 euros by the Mirador group. Málaga Council contentiously extended the building licence for the original project when it expired in December 2008. In February 2009, opposition councillor, Antonio Serrano, of the ‘United Left’, lodged an official complaint accusing the town hall of bribery and abuse of power in relation to their dealings with the Mirador group. One of the main issues raised by Serrano was the fact that the town hall had waived the obligatory ten per cent fee for the building licence, which in this case was 900,000 euros; the town hall defended its position by claiming that the regulations had not come into force at the time the agreement was signed.
In May 2009 a Málaga judge ordered the troubled property group, who own the property to sell it by public auction, on May 11, at the behest of one of the group’s principal creditors, Promociones Pantie. The auction did not go through due to an administrative error
Jeanette Livier Jurado is a member of the popular girl group Exposé, along with Ann Curless, Gioia Bruno and, in the group's years, Kelly Moneymaker. She provided lead vocals on many of the group's songs, including its three biggest hits, "Come Go with Me," "Point of No Return" and "Seasons Change." She has performed in at least one film, My Family. In addition, Jurado has performed in the show MadHattan. Jurado has two children. Jeanette Jurado on Myspace
Juan Gómez-Jurado is an award-winning Spanish journalist and bestselling author. He is a columnist in "La Voz de Galicia," and "ABC", distributed in Spain, he participates in several radio and TV programs. Translated into 42 languages, Gómez-Jurado is one of the most successful contemporary Spanish authors of all time along with New York Times bestselling authors Javier Sierra and Carlos Ruiz Zafón, his writing has been described by critics as "energetic and cinematographic". Gómez-Jurado worked in many the most important Spanish media, like 40 Principales, Cadena Ser, Cadena Cope, Radio España, Canal + and ABC, before hitting the bestseller lists throughout the world with God's Spy, his first novel. An instant bestseller in Spain, with rights sold in 42 countries to date and more than a million copies sold, God’s Spy is a contemporary thriller set in the Vatican, where, in the aftermath of Pope John Paul II’s death, the hunt for a serial killer reveals a chilling conspiracy. On 27 September 2008, Gómez-Jurado won the prestigious Premio de Novela Ciudad de Torrevieja for his latest novel The Traitor's Emblem.
The plot is set in Germany after the First World War, a thriller that begins one night in 1941 aboard a patrol Spanish ship at the Gibraltar Strait, where Captain González ends rescuing the only survivors from a shipwreck whom he manages to take to the coast of Portugal. The shipwrecked Germans, as a token of their gratitude, present Captain González with a gold emblem, two words the German leader of the rescued lot will remember for all his life and throughout the novel: "treason" and "salvation"; this novel is being translated into 40 languages. Kirkus Reviews praised "The traitor's emblem": "riveting thriller with a redeeming love story"; the latest book by Gómez-Jurado is the middle-grade space opera saga Alex Colt, Space Cadet, which became an instant #1 in Spain in the day of its release in Spain. Reina Roja Alex Colt, Space Cadet Cicatriz Point of Balance The Traitor's Emblem; the Moses Expedition. God's Spy, English translation of Espía de Dios by James Graham. La Masacre de Virginia Tech: Anatomía de una mente torturada.
Identidad Secreta. Otras voces. There were several controversial issues in Spain relating to God's Spy; the main reason is that Viktor Karoski, is a serial killer, pedophile priest. In the book there is a detailed portrait of Saint Matthew's Institute, a carbon copy of a real institution in the United States dedicated to the rehabilitation of sex-offender priests; some catholic organizations in Spain and Poland protested against the novel because of this. In both countries, the main reaction of the critics was favourable to the novel. In the United States the reviews were positive. Booklist, i. e. praised the book as a "First-rate thriller". Juan Gómez-Jurado has two children, he lives in Madrid Spain. After his ex-wife was diagnosed with cancer, Gómez-Jurado became an activist to fighting colon cancer, he is an ambassador of Save The Children. He led campaigns as "1 libro 1 euro", a website in which Internet users can download books in exchange for a voluntary donation to Save the Children. Espía de Dios, Roca Editorial, 2006, Spain.
(Translated to English, Hungarian, Portuguese, German, Serbian and Finnish. La masacre El Anden, 2007, Spain. Contrato con Dios, El Anden, 2007, Spain. El emblema del traidor, Plaza & Janés, 2008, Spain. Winner of the 2008 Premio de Novela Ciudad de Torrevieja. VII Premio de Novela Ciudad de Torrevieja, The Traitor's Emblem International Latino Book Awards 2011, Best Adventure Novel, The Moses Expedition International Latino Book Awards 2011, Best Popular Fiction Novel, The Moses Expedition Nominated to CrimeFest's eDunnit Award, The Moses Expedition His official page The Moses Expedition official website The Traitor's Emblem official website
Juan de Dios Jurado
Juan de Dios Jurado is a Spanish middle distance runner who specializes in the 800 metres. He finished third at the 2005 European Indoor Athletics Championships in Madrid and fifth at the 2006 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Moscow, the latter in an indoor personal best time of 1:47.38 minutes. His personal best time over 800 m is 1:45.42 min, achieved in June 2006 in Huelva. Juan de Dios Jurado at IAAF
Antonio de Torres Jurado
Antonio de Torres Jurado was a Spanish guitarist and luthier, "the most important Spanish guitar maker of the 19th century."It is with his designs that the first recognisably modern classical guitars are to be seen. Most acoustic guitars in use today are derivatives of his designs. Antonio de Torres was the son of Juan Torres, a local tax collector, Maria Jurado; as was common, when he was 12 he started an apprenticeship as a carpenter. In 1833, a dynastic war broke out, soon after Torres was conscripted into the army. Through his father's machinations, young Antonio was dismissed as medically unfit for service; as only single men and widowers without children were subject to conscription, in 1835 his family pushed Torres into a hastily arranged marriage to Juana María López, the 13-year-old daughter of a shopkeeper. Children soon followed: a daughter in 1836, another in 1839, a third in 1842, who died a few months later, his second daughter died. In 1845 his wife died at the age of tuberculosis.
These were difficult years for Torres, in debt and forced to look for more lucrative forms of employment. Although there is some debate as to who taught Torres, one theory is that some time around 1842, Torres may have gone to work for José Pernas in Granada learning to build guitars, he soon returned to Seville, opened a shop on the Calle de Cerrajería No. 7 that he shared with Manuel Soto y Solares. Although he made some guitars during the 1840s, it was not until the 1850s on the advice of the renowned guitarist and composer Julián Arcas, that Torres made it his profession, he began building in earnest. Julián Arcas offered Torres advice on building, their collaboration turned Torres into an inveterate investigator of the guitar construction. Torres reasoned. To increase its volume, he made his guitars not only larger, but fitted them with thinner, hence lighter soundboards that were arched in both directions, made possible by a system of fan-bracing for strength; these bracing struts were laid out geometrically, based on two isosceles triangles joined at their base creating a kite shape, within which the struts were set out symmetrically.
While Torres was not the first to use this method he was the one who perfected the symmetrical design. To prove that it was the top, not the back and sides of the guitar that gave the instrument its sound, in 1862 he built a guitar with back and sides of papier-mâché.. There is an anecdote about how he had made a guitar made like a Chinese puzzle that could be assembled without glue, disassembled would fit in a shoe box. There is no evidence that he made such a guitar though. During his years, Torres' close friend, a priest named Juan Martínez Sirvent, lent him a hand in his workshop. Many years in 1931 Sirvent wrote a letter to Francisco Rodríguez Torres, mentioning the following explanation Torres made when he, at the age of 68 was asked by the famous father Garzón at a dinner about his "secret" of how to make his outstandingly sounding guitars: " smilingly responded:'Father, I am sorry that a man like you falls victim of that idea that runs among ignorant people, Juanito has been witness to the secret many times, but it is impossible for me to leave the secret behind for posterity.
Everyone was left convinced that the artistic genius cannot be passed on " In 1868, Torres married again, wedding Josefa Martín Rosada. Shortly after, Torres met Francisco Tárrega for the first time. Tárrega, aged seventeen, had come to Seville from Barcelona to buy a Torres guitar from the maker of Julián Arcas' instrument. Torres offered him a modest guitar he had in stock, but on hearing him play, offered him a much better guitar that he had made for himself a few years before. About 1870, Don Antonio, in his 50s, closed his shop in Seville and moved back to Almería where he and his wife opened up a china and crystal shop on the calle Real. About five years Don Antonio began his "second epoch" as he refers to it on the labels of his guitars, building part-time when not busy in the china shop. After the death of his wife, Josefa, in 1883, Torres began to devote increasing amounts of time to building guitars, making somewhere around 12 guitars a year until his death in La Cañada de San Urbano, Almería at the age of 75.
Torres guitars are divided into two periods. The first, belonging to Sevilla from 1852–1870; the guitars Torres made were so superior to those of his contemporaries that their example changed the way guitars were built, first in Spain, in the rest of the world. Although they are not loud by modern standards, they have a clear, balanced and rounded tone that projects well, his guitars were imitated and copied. Because he never signed his guitars, only numbered those from his second epoch, many fake Torres have been made, some by well-known and expert makers. While the overall pattern of the modern classical guitar derives from Torres, there are some difference between Torres' classical guitars and the modern instrument. Torres' guitars all had soundboards of European spruce. Luthiers have continued to develop the b
Ariel Bolívar Jurado Agrazal is a Panamanian professional baseball pitcher for the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball. Jurado signed with the Texas Rangers as an international free agent in December 2012, he made his professional debut in 2013 with the Dominican Summer League Rangers and spent the whole season there, going 6-0 with a 2.39 ERA in nine starts. In 2014, he pitched for the Arizona League Rangers where he was 2-1 with a 1.63 ERA in 38.2 innings pitched. Jurado spent 2015 with the Hickory Crawdads and was named the Nolan Ryan Minor League Pitcher of the Year by the Rangers after going 12–1 with a 2.45 earned run average with 95 strikeouts and only 12 walks in 99 innings. In 2016, he pitched with both the High Desert Mavericks and the Frisco RoughRiders where he compiled a combined 8-6 record and 3.66 ERA in 24 games, in 2017, he played with Frisco where he posted a 9-11 record and a 4.59 ERA in 27 starts. The Rangers added Jurado to their 40-man roster after the 2017 season. Jurado returned to the Frisco Roughriders to start the 2018 season.
He posted a 5-3 record with a 3.28 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 101.2 innings for the Frisco Roughriders. Jurado made his Major League debut on May 19, 2018, at Guaranteed Rate Field against the Chicago White Sox, he pitched 4.2 innings, giving up four earned runs on six hits, two walks, two strikeouts, earning the loss as the White Sox defeated the Rangers 5-3. He finished his rookie season after going 5-5 with a 5.93 ERA in 54.2 innings for the Rangers. Left-handed batters had a higher batting average against him.365, than against all other MLB pitchers. In 2019, Jurado was optioned to the Triple-A Nashville Sounds to open the season. Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference Ariel Jurado on Instagram
José Jurado de la Parra
José Jurado de la Parra was a Spanish journalist and playwright