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Female Killer To Be Sent To All-Male Prison

An Austrian murderess will be moved to an all-male prison after being deemed too dangerous to remain at the women's penitentiary.

Known as the "Ice Cream Killer," 38-year-old Estibaliz Carranza was sentenced to life in prison in 2012 for the murders of her husband and lover. According to The New York Post, she killed her husband in 2008 and lover in 2010, both after they failed to impregnate her. After shooting the men in the head, she cut up their bodies with a chainsaw and hid the parts in a freezer inside the ice cream parlor she owned. She later buried the remains under the store's concrete floor, covering up the smell with air fresheners.

In 2011, plumbers working in the shop's cellar stumbled across the bodies, the International Business Times reports. Carranza fled to Italy but was extradited back to Austria by Italian authorities. At the time, she was pregnant with a third man's child. The baby, born in January 2012, was taken by social services.

During the trial, court psychologist Heidi Kastner said that Carranza was not only accountable for her actions, but also had a high probability of relapse and that therapy would not be an effective treatment. 

Now, however, Carranza's lawyers say that their client has made significant progress since her incarceration, according to Metro. She will be moved to a state-of-the-art all-male penitentiary because prison officers believe she has showed "advanced reduction of the relevant dangerousness."

The prison holds 91 men and Carranza will be one of 13 women to be moved there in the upcoming months. Prisoners are allowed to move freely about the facility, cook meals together, or sit in the lounge area, which has a TV among other recreational activities.

Currently, the facility is overseen by 45 nurses, 18 therapists, and eight prison guards. 

Carranza's lawyers eventually hope that their client can be moved to a penitentiary in her native Spain. However, that could only happen if psychologists consider her to be "cured."

Sources: The New York Post, Metro, International Business Times / Photo credit: Alper Cugun/Flickr

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