Society

Brazilian Trio Sentenced for Killing Women and Putting Them in Pastries

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

It’s the Brazilian Sweeney Todd. 

Jorge Beltrao Negromonte da Silveira, his wife, Isabel Cristina Pires, and his mistress, Bruna Cristina Oliveira da Silva, were sentenced to a total of 63 years in prison after being found guilty of an unsavory crime. The trio killed two women and used their flesh to fill empanadas, a common pastry, which they then ate and sold to friends, neighbors, schools and a local hospital.

Those who bought the empanadas were told they contained chicken or tuna.

A court in city of Olinda, on Brazil's northeastern Atlantic coast, found them guilty of murder and desecrating and concealing a body. Silveira was sentenced to 23 years in prison, while Pires and Silva received 20-year terms. 

After their arrest, police found a 50-page book written by Silveira entitled "Revelations of a Schizophrenic," in which he described the voices he heard and revealed his obsession with killing women. 

Their victims, who were believed to have been killed between 2008 and 2012, include Alexandra Falcao, 20, and Jessica Camila da Silva Pereira, 17. At the time of the crimes, the trio reportedly told police they belonged to a sect that preached “the purification of the world and the reduction of its population.” That statement was not verified in court. The women were allegedly lured into the home with promises of a babysitting job. 

Police found what was left of the slain women’s remains in the backyard and were alerted to the trio’s involvement when one of them used one of their victims’ credit cards.

The G1 news site quoted Silveira during the trial’s opening: “I committed a horrible, monstrous mistake. It was a moment of extreme weakness and brutality that I regret.”

Sources: Daily Mail / Image via Alpha/Flickr