Young women started disappearing from Alto Hospicio, a small mining town 1,miles from Santiago, Chile, in The missing women were from poor families and the police didn't bother to investigate the disappearances, claiming the teenagers had run away. Only in , when a year-old girl narrowly escaped after being kidnapped, assaulted and left for dead did police track down and arrest Julio Silva. Silva confessed to police that he had been kidnapping, raping and murdering teen girls for two years before they caught him. His brutality eventually earned him the title of the "Psychopath from Alto Hospicio.
Silva had killed 14 girls before the police knew he existed, becoming the most prolific serial killer of minors in Chilean history. Silva was sentenced to life in prison and the victims' families were given the cold comfort of an apology from the Chilean government for failing to act more quickly. In a stretch of just 11 months starting in March, , Carlos Eduardo Robledo Puch committed a string of armed robberies, raped two women, assaulted several women and killed 11 people, becoming Argentina's most prolific serial killer.
While he occasionally worked with an accomplice, at least one of whom died under suspicious circumstances, Robledo Puch never fit the profile of a killer.
He was young, attractive , intelligent and from a wealthy family, but he turned his back on his privileged life. He never gave a motive for his crimes, seemingly killing indiscriminately, as two of his victims were asleep at the time of their deaths. These nighttime visitations helped earn him the nickname of the "Angel of Death. It is believed that between s and s, Daniel Camargo Barbosa raped, murdered and dismembered over young girls in Colombia and Ecuador. He earned the name of "The Sadist of El Charquito" for the brutal treatment of his victims, hacking them to pieces with a machete.
While Camargo was suspected in the deaths of 80 women and girls, he was eventually arrested in Colombia for the rape and murder of a nine-year old girl. He was convicted and sentenced to 25 years in jail. He managed to escape from the island prison where he was held, though, making his way through shark-infested water to Ecuador, where he continued his gruesome crimes, raping and killing at least 70 more victims. He was captured again and charged with more deaths — and was suspected in the deaths of up to 50 more women.
He was sentenced to a mere 16 years in prison in for his crimes, then the maximum penalty in Ecuador. Carmago never made it out of prison, though, as he was killed by another prisoner in Alleged serial killer Tiago Gomes da Rocha C , suspected of killing 39 people, is escorted by police officers at the Department of Security, a day after his arrest, in Goiania, state of Goias, Brazil, on October 16, Over the course of four years , Tiago Henrique Gomes da Rocha killed 39 people.
Gomes da Rocha worked as a security guard in Goiania, a small city in central Brazil. In his off hours he rode the streets of the city on his motorbike robbing shops, pharmacies and lottery outlets. This list does not include serial killers active only before the year This is a dynamic list and may never be able to satisfy particular standards for completeness. You can help by expanding it with reliably sourced entries. This article has multiple issues. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page.
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Serial murder is the killing of three or more people over a period of more than 30 days, with a significant cooling-off period between the murders [ The time frame also appears to be an agreed-upon component of the definition. Wayne Petherick Academic Press. Three killings seem to be required in the most popular operational definition of serial killing since they are enough to provide a pattern within the killings without being overly restrictive. Barri Flowers CRC Press. In general, most experts on serial murder require that a minimum of three murders be committed at different times and usually different places for a person to qualify as a serial killer.
Harold Schechter Simon and Schuster. Most experts seem to agree, however, that to qualify as a serial killer, an individual has to slay a minimum of three unrelated victims. Semana in Spanish. Bogota, Colombia. Retrieved 9 September Columbia University Press.
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