Garavito Murder

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Garavito was born on 25 January 1957 in Génova, Quindío, Colombia. He is the oldest of seven brothers, and was apparently physically and mentally abused by his father. In his testimony, he described being a victim of sexual abuse when young. Garavito's victims were poor children, peasant children, or street children between the ages of 8 and 16. Garavito approached them on the street or in the countryside and offered them gifts or small amounts of money. After gaining their trust, he took the children for a walk and when they got tired, he would molest and rape them, cut their throats, and usually dismembered their bodies. Most corpses showed signs of prolonged torture. Apart from the already mentioned behavior, decapitations, or at least their attempt seemed to be typical for Garavito. In many cases, because of the decomposition, the only way to prove this, were notches in the fourth vertebra of the neck. Many of the soft tissue cuts that could be documented were caused by a knive that produced raw lacerations as if the blade was old or notchy. The internal organs were usually left in place; on the abdomen, Garavito did produce multiple stab wounds but no anatomical cuts. The only exception was a 10-year old boy (killed in january 1997) who was found under similar circumstances, but the wounds were…show more content…
Therefore, allthough there was no indication for it at all, the usual suspects like satanists or other secret organizations were accused. Their responsability was unlikely since no two killings took place at the same time. At the same time, the travel pattern of the offender was highly irregular. Another theory pointed towards alleged organ trade. Since mostly stab wounds were found, and since the conditions at the scenes of crime - identified by blood stains protruding from living persons - were highly unsterile, this theory was quickly

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