A couple is arrested transporting plastic-wrapped body parts in a baby carriage. Further investigation finds that they might be responsible for at least 20 other murders of mostly single mothers.
According to Mexico state prosecutor, Alejandro Gomez, during interrogation the man admits to raping and sexually torturing the victims before killing them. He also said that he sold some of the body parts. The man said that he had also ground the bones to be used as fertilizer and the flesh chopped up to be used as pet food.
The man also implicated his wife as committing the murders as well, even though it's believed she was used to lure the victims with the promise of baby clothes into situations where they could be kidnapped and killed.
During an a news interview, Gomez described when the man spoke of the incidents in a totally natural way. “I would say he actually seemed happy to have done this. He wants people to see his picture, to know his name. I would obviously classify this person as a murderer, a serial killer. He has a mental disturbance consistent with psychosis and a personality disorder, while she has been mentally disabled since birth, and also has acquired induced delirium. But both can distinguish between right and wrong." This was a result of a psychiatric examination completed prior to their initial court appearance.
The man is identified as "Juan Carlos" and his accomplice and wife as "Patricia" N.
The serial killers also described where they had sold the two-month baby of one of their victims to another couple. When the police placed them under surveillance they were hoping that when they saw them with the baby carriage the missing child was inside, their find was therefore the more horrifying. The couple who bought the child were arrested and the baby was recovered.
Most disturbing of all is that the couple were living with their three children one of which is a baby during the time that they were committing the murders.
Besides the remains found in the baby carriage a search of the two houses used by the couple they found a eight, cement-filled bucket with human remains buried in them, and a refrigerator with body parts wrapped in plastic. Clothing found there is suspected to belong to the victims. Other body parts were found in the vacant lot where the couple was arrested. Apparently this was a dumping ground that they used on previous occasions to dispose of the women. The remains were in such bad condition that identification can only be made forensically.
The police were able to track down the serial killers by tracing calls from cellular phones of the victims.
Interview of neighbors indicate the couple moved to the neighborhood only a year ago, and one hopes police will look closer at any disappearances of women in the areas where they used to live.
Ecatepec has a history of violence against women and girls, and hundreds of residents in the area have protested to the police. They recently brought candles and white flowers to the area of where the crimes were committed. Mexico State where Ecatepec is located recorded the murder of 301 women and girls, possibly more if one includes those that have not been discovered.
This figures leads the country, where last year 28,702 murders were recorded, a surge since 2006 when the government started using the military to combat the drug cartels.
Pope Francis visited in 2016, but he in truth he did not see the numerous metal crosses that dot the side of the road leading into the sprawling hillside slums, which is among the most poorest and dangerous in Mexico. These crosses mark the places where the bodies of murdered women were found.
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