So, they found a sack of body parts in my hood


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.



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13 Responses to So, they found a sack of body parts in my hood

  1. Jim says:

    I hate when that happens…

  2. scrubgrub says:

    Oh wow geeze…it’s like a bad crime drama

  3. Carol Smith says:

    Anyway still more safe live there than in USA… I mean it s more secure in Iran compare to USA let me show you some statistics REAL numbers.
    Every year in the U.S., an average of more than 100,000 people are shot, according to The Brady Campaign To Prevent Gun Violence.
    Every day in the U.S., an average of 289 people are shot. Eighty-six of them die: 30 are murdered, 53 kill themselves, two die accidentally, and one is shot in a police intervention, the Brady Campaign reports.
    Between 2000 and 2010, a total of 335,609 people died from guns — more than the population of St. Louis, Mo. (318,069), Pittsburgh (307,484), Cincinnati, Ohio (296,223), Newark, N.J. (277,540), and Orlando, Fla. (243,195) (sources: CDF, U.S. Census; CDC)
    One person is killed by a firearm every 17 minutes, 87 people are killed during an average day, and 609 are killed every week. (source: CDC)
    Homicides by weapon:

    Handguns comprised 72.5 percent of the firearms used in murder and non-negligent manslaughter incidents in 2011; 4.1 percent were with shotguns; 3.8 percent were with rifles; 18.5 percent were with unspecified firearms.
    13.3 percent of homicides were done with knives or other cutting instruments.
    5.8 percent of homicides were from the use of hands, fists, feet, etc. (source: FBI)
    Guns and kids:

    82 children under five years old died from firearms in 2010 compared with 58 law enforcement officers killed by firearms in the line of duty (sources: CDF, CDC, FBI)
    More kids ages 0-19 died from firearms every three days in 2010 than died in the 2012 Newtown, Conn., massacre (source:CDF, CDC)
    Nearly three times more kids (15,576) were injured by firearms in 2010 than the number of U.S. soldiers (5,247) wounded in action that year in the war in Afghanistan (source: CDF, CDC, Department of Defense)
    Half of all juveniles murdered in 2010 were killed with a firearm (source: Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention)

  4. That is nuts, do you know any more information now? Was it a crazy serial killer or a gang-killing or what?

    • It’s hard to get actual confirmed details. It seems the guy was a driver, was having an affair and the theory is he was the victim of a hit by his mistress. But still all theory I believe.

      • I found out the proper story from a friend in Sao Paulo. The guy was beating his wife so she and a friend killed him and cut him up, put him in bags and paid a homeless person to spread them around the city.

        Shocking, yes, but no more indicative of general crime problems in Brazil than the “Son of Sam” murders were in the US all those years ago. It was just a woman who finally snapped and came up with a gruesome way of disposing of the body.

  5. Guilherme says:

    Brazil is a very fucked up country ( Im not the average brazilian who think everything here is worse, and worships USA, which has a lot of problems too).
    I really feel ashamed about being brazilian, so as Im white I usually pretend to be Russian when I am abroad, just tell people Im from Brazil if we get into more deep conversations.
    If sucks to live in a country where u can get robbed anywhere, give your stuff, still get shot, the mtf criminal if is underage, stays arrested in maximum 3 years, if he is over 18, there will be a lot of left wings to defend him and give him beneficts.
    We pay the highest taxes in the world, and have shitty public services..
    I wish things were different, Brazil has good potential, however is going from bad to worse..
    I really like East Asia and Oceania, thats some of the places I’ve been before and wanna go again and live my life.

    Good Luck, and I hope nothing bad or evil happens to you here =)

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