On this day August 18, 1848
Camila O’Gorman and Ladislao Gutierrez are executed on the orders of Argentine dictator Juan Manuel de Rosas.
Her execution during the last stages of pregnancy caused an international uproar and contributed to the political demise of Argentine dictator Juan Manuel de Rosas.
In 1847 Camila and Fr. Gutiérrez eloped on horseback and found refuge in Corrientes Province, which was then under the control of a Leftist warlord hostile to the regime of Juan Manuel de Rosas.
As the scandal broke, the supporters of Rosas suggested that she had been kidnapped. Rosas’ exiled political opponents, including future President Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, declared that Rosas’ tyranny was responsible for the moral corruption of Argentine womanhood.
They were tracked down and arrested by an Irish priest named Fr. Michael Gannon. To the shock and horror of all following the story, Camila claimed that it had been she who had initiated the affair and insisted on their elopement, angrily denying rumors that she had been raped.
On the orders of Governor Rosas, Camila O’Gorman and Fr. Gutiérrez were executed by a firing squad on 18 August 1848 in the prison town of Santos Lugares de Rosas (today San Andrés town, General San Martín). Camila O’Gorman was twenty years old and was eight-months pregnant with the illegitimate child of Father Ladislao Gutiérrez.