One of the things I took comfort in about living in Brazil is that the country didn’t seem to have the kind of twisted, sick criminals that randomly appear in nice, quite neighborhoods in the US. At least none that tumbled into the Sao Paulo bubble that I live in.
But on Sunday morning, someone found a bag of arms and legs down the street from where I live. Later that day, they found the trunk of the body in another bag down the street. The police were unable to tell if it was a male or female.
It gets worse. The fingers were cut off and the skin was removed where they suspect there were tattoos. The person who cut up this body didn’t want anyone to know who it was. Clever, you might think. Not so clever… because the person forgot that every single building has a camera.
I was slightly comforted with the idea that perhaps a car passed through our street tossing bags out the window while speeding by. But that’s not what happened.
The police got all the film from the buildings around where the bags with body parts were found and discovered that some young man dragged a cart around, which was covered in a woman’s clothing. He pulled his packages out of his cart and left them around town.
Yesterday, they found the head in the central area of the city.
I am not naive enough to think this stuff doesn’t happen, or worse. But once these events start to add up, (see Monsters on Motobikes), the scale starts to tip out of favor for Sao Paulo.
You can read about this in Portuguese here.