The Man Who Survived 10 Shots From A Mexican Firing Squad [Weirdest Survival Stories]

Posted by on June 14th, 2010

Everyday this week… Brett Rounsaville brings us the Weirdest Survival Stories ever told.

skitched-20100614-132949.jpgWenseslao Moguel is the guy you never want to run into at a cocktail party…and not just because of his hideous, gag inducing face. In fact, he plays a prominent part in my worst nightmare, if not directly, then at least in spirit.

Imagine if you will: you’re regaling the audience at large with your adventurous tales of daring do. You have their full attention with the story about your time spent in Nevada racing ostriches, you weave a tale of wonder with your hang gliding exploits, finally you have their complete admiration as you outline you time spent living on the streets and on other people’s couches as you wander the country without any meaningful possessions like some sort of extremely selfish Kane. But then, it happens.

Wenseslao Moguel steps slowly out from the shadows letting light fall ever so gently on his disfigured face. Somehow, everyone realizes for the first time that he’s in the room and his mere visage brings the laughter and carousing down to a muted hush. He whispers just one sentence.

“I was shot nine times by a firing squad, and once more in the face to ensure my death.”


Allow me to set the stage. The year: 1915. The verdict: guilty. The revolution: Mexican.

Wenseslao (or Wenny as the kids in the school yard presumably called him) is sentenced to death without trial for his role as a soldier in the revolution. After being shot repeatedly he manages to wait until his executioners leave and somehow makes his way to safety and treatment. (I can only assume he ran across the Mexican wildernesses equivalent of Dr. McDreamy’s skilled surgical hands.)

Wenny then went on to live a long and full life touring with the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum. Oh, and he had a song written about him.

Man, I hope he’s never at the same party as me.

What do you think? Do you have a story that can steal this survivor’s thunder? What four survival stories could possibly be weirder than this one?

6 Responses to “The Man Who Survived 10 Shots From A Mexican Firing Squad [Weirdest Survival Stories]”

  1. Mike Says:

    I know a story about a man who survived getting a pole shot through his head by a stick of dynamite, but I think that would only over rule 5 of the bullets.

  2. Brett Says:

    Agreed. One bullet for the stick in the head and another four because it was caused by freakin' DYNAMITE.

  3. JustinRYoung Says:

    Gotta factor in the Mexican revolution element as well. All injuries are cooler if suffered during war time.

  4. Brett Says:

    So our pal Wenseslao gets two bonus bullets for wartime injuries?

    His story is now worth 12 virtual bullets. I like this unit of measurement.

  5. Krister Says:

    Doesn't he get extra bullets for the fact that it was supposed to be his execution? I mean, look at it from the firing squads point of view. If you have to shoot someone, you don't get much better conditions.

    And he still survived…

  6. Brett Says:

    Good point. You've convinced me. This is a 14 bullet story.