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The 25 Strangest Unsolved Crimes From Latin America

One of Cuba’s legendary rumba dancers, known by his stage name Malanga, still doesn’t have a clear cause of death. Malanga, born José Rosario Oviedo, was born to a formerly enslaved mother and practiced Santería. His surreal dancing brought him international attention during the early 20th century, and he was widely regarded as one of the most talented performers of his era. In the summer of 1927, Malanga died in unexplained circumstances. A popular account by a close friend Crescencio Hernández “Chencho” suggests that Malanga was murdered by broken glass hidden in his food at a dancing contest in Ceballos, Cuba. However, with no death certificate and no known grave, the legend of Malanga lives on along with the mystery of his passing.

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