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Posted on 10/11/2007 7:07:06 PM PDT by hercuroc
Mexico City On the stove, a frying pan with chunks of flesh. In the refrigerator, a leg and part of an arm, both deboned. The bones were stuffed into a cereal box.
Mexico City police made the grisly discoveries this week as they arrested the man the Mexican press is calling the nation's first cannibalistic serial killer.
Police said Jose Luis Calva Zepeda, 40, was arrested Monday and being held for "probable" homicide after an investigation into the disappearance of his girlfriend. Investigators found the mutilated body of Alejandra Galeana, 30, in Calva's closet and believe Calva killed and mutilated at least two other women since 2004.
Calva was sent to the hospital after his arrest police say he fell from his apartment balcony while trying to flee when they arrived and will undergo a battery of psychological testing, police said. Authorities are also testing the limbs and flesh found in Calva's apartment to determine whether they are human.
The apparent murders and cannibalism have sent shock waves through the Mexican capital, a city long accustomed to violent crime, but not to such gruesome dismemberment. Mexico has had cannibalism cases before the last near Cancun in 2005 but experts say they have always been isolated.
"I don't know of another case like this in Mexico," said Cutberto Enriquez, curator of an exhibition on serial killers and the death penalty at Mexico City's Police Cultural Center. "This case is exceptional. (Calva's) profile is much more European and American than Mexican."
Horror-story writer The details of the case seem to come straight from a Halloween movie: Calva is a poet and writer of tales of horror. Inside his small apartment, in the heart of Mexico City and just a few blocks from the mariachi musicians at the famed Plaza Garibaldi, police found an unfinished manuscript entitled "Cannibal Instincts," according to local press reports.
Calva sold his poetry at the city's informal markets. He also reportedly is a failed screenwriter who unsuccessfully tried to sell his scripts for horror movies.
Enriquez said it is possible that Calva's frustration with his professional career fueled his rage.
"It would be very interesting to get a copy of his work," he said. "It would probably give a good psychological look at his concepts of good and evil."
Calva is also accused of killing his former girlfriend, Veronica Consuelo Martinez Casarrubias, who was found dismembered in 2004, and a prostitute known only as La Jarocha in April.
Police say his two girlfriends shared similar ages and appearances and both worked in pharmacies.
Neighbors mostly called Calva quiet and reserved, although the manager of a nearby pizza shop told El Universal newspaper, "He gave the impression of being a hypocrite, someone very concerned with being accepted."
Mexico's previous brush with cannibalism was equally as gruesome.
Authorities say Gumaro de Dios Arias gutted and ate another man who refused his sexual advances in 2005 near Cancun. Arias, who cooked his victim's heart on a grill, told interrogators his victim tasted like barbacoa, a slow-roasted Mexican meat dish.
And while Mexico City may not have seen much cannibalism, it has had several other high profile serial killers in recent years.
In 2006, Juana Barraza was accused of being the "little old lady killer" and murdering at least 30 elderly women over nearly a decade. Raul Osiel Marroquin was arrested the same week and accused of killing four gay men.
He was just reenacting the lives of his Aztec ancestors.
Well, the price of tortillas has gone through the roof. . . . . . . .
You suggesting that Mexicans are more likely than Americans to be cannibalistic serial killers?
If the fence isn’t built, it’s coming to America.
That’s disgusting. Reminds me of Jeffery Dahlmer.
Obviously this guy is a nut. You use the *bones* for soup stock. Tossing them out is *insane*!
Well I sure hope they let him talk to the Mexican consul first before they questioned him.
Rudy won’t build a fence. Hitlery won’t build a fence. Are we in real trouble?? I mean ever WORSE trouble than now??
Must not have been able to afford the obligatory bribe.
So I guess, using your logic, jeffrey dahmer’s atrocities are less serious because he wasn’t Mexican.
....the price of Corn Tortillas must be awful.....very weak attempt @ humor, but what can you say after reading this...let open the border bump
First, I doubt the validity of this statement. Very much. Second, our little buddy Cuthberto is simply deflecting attention elsewhere. That's how the game is played these days.
I think that eating people is fine as long as you wait for them to die of natural causes. It’s when you become impatient and jump the gun, like this guy did, that it becomes a problem.
It already has, remember jeffrey dahmer.
Oops, I forgot the mexican's atrocities are less serious than dahmer's, in your mind.
Nope,just saying we don’t need any more nutcakes in this country-we’re pret’ near filt up
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