Brazilian Confesses To Being One Of The Most Prolific Serial Killers

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Here's some nightmare fodder for you: CNN is reporting that a 26-year-old man has admitted to killing 39 women in the Rio de Janeiro area. If that body count is accurate (other outlets are reporting 42 victims), it would place the alleged killer high atop the list of Brazil's most prolific serial killers.

In an interview with Brazilian broadcaster TV Globo, alleged killer Sailson Jose das Gracas, said that he carried out the first slaying when he was 17 and continued to kill over the next decade. [He said he] didn't kill impulsively but stalked his victims, [and] described his need to kill as pathological. "When I didn't kill, I would get nervous," he said. "I would pace around the house, and then when I killed, it calmed me."


Whoo boy. And it gets worse:

Police chief Marcelo Machado told TV Globo that Sailson is also suspected of killing a two-year-old boy, the son of one of the dead women.

Oh wait, and worse, especially when you consider prison terms in Brazil top out at 30 years:

The self-declared killer said he had "no regrets" about his actions and would kill again if set free. "What is done is done," he told the TV network. "If I leave here in 10, 15, 20 years, I'll go back to doing the same thing."

As an aside, Brazil's most notorious serial killer is probably Pedro Rodrigues Filho, aka "Killer Petey" (his nickname is even more terrifying in Portuguese: "Pedrinho Matador"), rumored to have murdered 100-plus victims. His Wikipedia entry reads like an exploitation movie treatment, rife with revenge killings ("before he was 18 he had already left a trail of 10 bodies") and gruesome flair (he killed his own father, "cut out a piece of his heart, chewed it, and threw it away"). Brazil's

Top image via O Globo.




Actually, Brazil's judiciary system and penal procedures are being a bit misrepresented here. Things are way more complex than just "prison terms top out at 30 years". True, 30 years is the maximum time a brazilian citizen can spend in total incarceration, but that only applies to criminals who are considered to be mentally sane at the time of the crime. Serial killers are a whole other story, and they usually fall into a legal loophole: since they are considered mentally insane by brazilian law, they are exempted of any criminal charges regarding that crime. Sounds good, right? But here's the catch: if you are not being accused of any crime, you also don't get to enjoy any of the rights someone being processed through the penal code would get, like pleading for parole or any commutation of sentence. So what actually happens to serial killers in brazilian law? They are judged mentally ill and dispatched to be incarcerated in penal asylums, from where they will only be released if a psychiatric doctor gives them medical discharge. Since no doctor will release a 50-person killer, most brazilian serial killers are effectively condemned to life sentences without possibility of parole. Which is, theoretically, against everything in our penal code, but then again, its a health issue, not a criminal one...