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These Are Some Of The Most Notorious Crimes Committed In Latin America

The crime of the century is a phrase that gets used often when people see crimes that are truly unimaginable. Unfortunately, these crimes are a part of life and the Internet has made it possible for more people to see what people are capable of. While it’s true that we live in troubled times, there are some crimes that are just too gruesome or too bizarre to ever be forgotten. Here’s a list with the most notorious crimes in Latin America and their villainous protagonists.

The Angels of Death of Montevideo

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The self-proclaimed “Angels of Death” were none other than male nurses Marcelo Pereira Guzzo and Juan Acevedo Agriela that were employed at public hospitals in Uruguay’s capital city. Their actions were revealed by an undercover operation dubbed “Operation Angels” and they were eventually charged with 16 murders. The murderous duo claimed they were only guilty of ‘’mercy killing’’ and that they there carrying out euthanasia to terminally-ill patients that they couldn’t bare see suffer. Further investigations, however, proved otherwise.

They injected patients to watch them die.

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Being hospital workers, the nurses had plenty of alone time with their victims, as well as access to a whole arsenal of murder weapons. Their modus operandi involved injecting excessive doses of morphine or just plain air bubbles into the victims’ veins. Investigators also claimed that the two nurses often texted each other to brag about their kills.

The Argentine Vampire’s Thirst for Blood in Monteros, Argentina

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Florencio Fernández terrorized the people of Monteros for quite a few years during the 1950s murdering young women in a horrible way. Fernández would sneak into houses through open windows on summer nights, beat his victims and then bite them in the throat to drink their blood. He was arrested in 1960 and was declared insane and sent to a psychiatric ward where he died a few years later.

The Vampire’s Lair

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Those who claimed that his insanity was just an act quickly changed their minds. After his arrest, authorities revealed that Fernández had been living in a cave. Psychiatric reports state that he was photophobic, probably schizophrenic and had developed a sexual attraction to blood.

Special Agent Kiki’s Brutal Murder in Guadalajara, Mexico

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Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena was on his way to meet with his wife when he was abducted in broad daylight by corrupt policemen in the employment of drug lord Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo. Kiki was a wanted man, as he was considered to be culpable for information that led to the destruction of a vast marijuana plantation. The agent was brutally tortured for 30 hours at Gallardo’s ranch and was even force-fed drugs to remain conscious throughout the process before finally succumbing on February 9, 1985.

The Red Ribbon Week Legacy

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In honor of the special agent who sacrificed his life in the war against drugs, a campaign called Red Ribbon Week was initiated after his murder. The event gained international media attention for pushing for a drug-free society. Soon enough the campaign gathered momentum and is an annual event in the U.S.

The Apostle of Death in Lima, Peru

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Pedro Pablo Nakada Ludeña a.k.a the “Apostle of Death” claimed he went on a killing spree because was on a mission from God. Ludeña claimed that God demanded that he cleanse Lima’s streets of all the drug addicts, homeless people, prostitutes, and homosexuals. Before he was arrested in 2006, Ludeña had murdered at least 17 people with a handgun, including a 50-year-old lady who was smoking marijuana and a man who he thought might have been gay.

The Aftermath

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The “apostle’’ was eventually arrested in 2006 after an intense chase and shootout with local police. He was trialed and sentenced to 35 years in prison, where he still serves time in a psychiatric ward. Surprisingly enough, his brother was also convicted for murdering six people with a knife in Japan back in 2015.

El Chapo’s Reign in Sinaloa, Mexico

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In 2009, Forbes included famous Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán in its list with the world’s most powerful people, with an estimated fortune of around $1 billion dollars. Indeed the suspected cartel leader is so powerful that Mexican officials believe that he is connected to no less than 70,000 deaths relating to the drug trade and underground economy.

Public Enemy Number 1

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Among countless others, El Chapo is believed to be responsible for murdering four Jehovah’s witnesses, uploading executions on YouTube, and bribing officials. He is also accused of rigging beauty pageants for his wives to win and putting a bounty on presidents.

The bank heist of the century in Brazil.

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Back in 2005, employees of Banco Central in Fortaleza, Brazil started their week in the most unusual way. Soon after they opened up the bank, they found out that the vault, which was filled with old notes scheduled to be withdrawn from circulation, had been wiped clean over the weekend. The bank reported losses of 164 million Brazilian reals (about $90 million USD in current value) in what is considered to be the world’s most profitable heist.

The Elaborate Plan

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This heist wasn’t just a spur-of-the-moment robbery. The burglars had long before rented a house next to the bank and pretended to do some renovating and gardening work to conceal the fact that they were actually digging a 330-feet underground tunnel leading to the bank’s vault. Even though there were several arrests in connection to this case and $9 million have been recovered, the police estimate that 18 of the culprits are still on the loose.

The Psychopath from Alto Hospicio, Chile

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When teenage girls started mysteriously disappearing from the small town of Alto Hospicio near Santiago in 1998, the authorities were too slow to mobilize. Many believe it was because the girls all came from poor families. That left Julio Silva free to roam the streets, kidnap, assault, and sexually abuse more than 15 girls before the police even knew he existed.

The Inevitable Downfall

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In 2001, a victim attempted to escape Silva who assaulted and abandoned her, mistakenly thinking she was dead. The young girl led the police directly to him and he was finally arrested. Silva confessed to murdering the girls and burying their bodies in a closeby mine shaft. He was sentenced to life in prison shortly after.

The Old Lady Killer of Mexico City

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Juana Barraza a.k.a “La Mataviejitas” was a professional wrestler by day and a serial killer by night. As her nickname suggests, Barraza attacked and killed elderly women. Her mother was an alcoholic who reportedly sold her for three beers to a man that abused her as a child. Barraza took to killing older ladies later in life as a form of retaliation, believing she was greatly benefiting society.

Method to The Madness

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Barraza was very methodical when it came to approaching a new victim. She had access to a list of women who received financial assistance from the government and she pretended to be a social worker sent to check on their health. She would help the women bring groceries into their homes and attack when they were inside. She strangled her victims with strings or telephone cords. Authorities struggled to find her because of her physical build from wrestling, they believed they were looking for a man.

Crimes of the “Monster of the Andes”

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The life of Pedro López could easily compare to any gruesome Hollywood horror story. He was kicked out of his home after molesting his sister and was left on the streets. He traveled unceasingly throughout the continent, leaving a long trail of blood behind him. López is believed to have raped and murdered more than 300 young girls in Peru, Ecuador and Colombia alone.

A killer on the loose?

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López was finally arrested in Ecuador after authorities discovered the bodies of four girls. He confessed to all his murders and was given 16 years in prison – the maximum time allowed by the country’s law at that time. His good behavior, however, means that he was released after 14 years in prison. He was then deported to Colombia where he spent four years in a psychiatric hospital before being diagnosed sane and making bail for $50. His whereabouts remain unknown to this day.

The Crime to End All Crimes in Brazil

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Impossible as it may sound, this is probably the most bizarre entry on this list. Pedro Rodrigues Filho might be a serial killer, but he’s one of the more conscious ones. He might be responsible for about 70 murders, but the “Pedrinho Matador” chooses his victims carefully, as he targets other murderers, criminals, and wrongdoers.

A real-life “Dexter”

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Filho’s first victim was his hometown’s vice-mayor who had wrongfully fired his father. Soon enough, he murdered his father as well for beating his mother before he was born. His killing spree continued with the murders of drug dealers, gang members, and murderers. He was released from prison in 2007.


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Terrifying Moment Caught On Camera When A White Woman Pulls A Gun On A Black Woman In A Parking Lot

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Terrifying Moment Caught On Camera When A White Woman Pulls A Gun On A Black Woman In A Parking Lot

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A disturbing video is going viral on social media. A Black Michigan mom stared down the barrel of a gun pointed by an angry white woman in a parking lot. The video is the latest example of Black Americans being violently targeted by white people.

Takelia Hill shared a video on Facebook of a terrifying encounter in a parking lot.

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The video starts with the image of a white woman holding a gun with fear and anger as she yells at Hill. The woman claims that Hill tried to jump behind her minivan and she was leaving the parking lot. Hill can be heard arguing with the woman refuting her claims that Hill was somehow the aggressor of the out of control and dangerous situation.

A Twitter version of the video, shared by someone identifying as a relative, has been viewed more than 11 million times on Thursday.

Hill’s daughter was recording the confrontation after the woman bumped into her.

According to The Detroit News, the argument began because the white woman bumped into Hill’s daughter and didn’t apologize. The argument escalated quickly when the Hill was almost hit with the minivan as the white couple started to drive. Hill hit the car and the white woman jumped out of the car and drew her gun.

The woman was arrested but released, according to a woman identifying as a close family member.

The police have not confirmed the information tweeted by the family member. The video is sparking outrage in the area of Auburn Hills, Michigan.

“I am deeply disturbed by an incident last night where a woman pointed a cocked gun at another woman during an argument,” Oakland County Executive David Coulter said in a statement, according to The Detroit News. “This behavior is unacceptable. I wholly expect the prosecutor to bring charges that reflect the severity of the incident.”

People in social media are angry after seeing the video and are offering advice on how the family should move forward.

One state senator is calling for action on gun reform in Michigan after the video. Fortunately, Hill and her daughter survived the encounter but the trauma of living through that is taxing.

“Michigan needs commonsense gun reform, and we need it now. People should feel safe going about their day and not have to worry about having a gun pulled on them during a conflict,” state Sen. Rosemary Baye told The Detroit News. “This incident clearly shows we have much work to do because this is not how we should be treating each other.”

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This Is What Mexico Looks Like As It Reopens During A Global Pandemic

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This Is What Mexico Looks Like As It Reopens During A Global Pandemic

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Step outside into Mexico’s capital (home to more than 20 million people) and you’d be forgiven for not realizing we’re still in the midst of a global pandemic that’s killed more than half a million people.

As of this week, several Mexican states have entered the initial phase of reopening and Mexicans are taking full advantage of the newly found sense of ‘freedom’ – visiting restaurants, cafés and shops in droves. However, experts warn that Mexico will likely follow the dangerous path of the United States – which opened prematurely and is now having to shut down businesses once again as cases reach record levels.

Here’s an inside look into the daily reality of Chilangos (as residents of Mexico City are called) and what the future holds for the country amid Coronavirus.

Mexico City – along with 17 other states – have entered the first phase of a gradual reopening.

Despite being home to the largest number of active cases across Mexico, the capital joined 17 other states in a phased reopening this week. Mexico City lowered its contagion risk from a level red (the most extreme) to level orange, which permits some businesses to reopen.

However, Mexico City – on the day of the reopening – saw a record 5,432 new cases and 638 confirmed deaths. Mayor Sheinbaum said that the switch to orange was possible because hospital occupancy levels are at 59% and trending downwards. But to many, the government is prioritizing the economy over public safety and health. Several government officials insisted that it was safe to proceed to the reduced warning level but health experts disagreed.

The mayor stressed that if hospital occupancy levels go above 65% again, red light restrictions will be reinstated. She urged residents to continue to take precautions to reduce the risk of infection. People should continue to stay at home as much as possible and the use of face masks in public places remains mandatory.

Along with Mexico City, 17 other states moved into the orange phase of reopening – including tourist hotspots of Jalisco, Veracruz, Quintana Roo, and Yucatan.

The federal government instituted a traffic light system to simplify the risk management of Covid-19

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Shortly after the Coronavirus outbreak began, the federal government instituted a color-coded risk management system to simplify its messaging. With red being the highest risk level and green being the lowest, every state until June 15th was still in the red level.

As of July 1, 18 states are now in the orange level. This means that restaurants, cafés, and shops can begin to reopen with reduced capacity. Hotels and markets will also be allowed to resume service, meaning that tourism will likely begin to pick up again very soon.

President AMLO has been eager to get the economy reopened after it was reported that at least one million formal jobs have been lost and the country’s economy is expected to shrink by 8.8% this year.

On the first day of reopening, shops in Mexico City’s historic center were jammed full of shoppers.

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The city’s historical center is a hub of economic activity. You can literally find pretty much anything you could ever want in these cobblestones streets. The district is home to more than 27,000 businesses and as of this week they’re now permitted to open once again. And resident wasted no time in hitting the shops.

Long lines formed outside shops with few people wearing masks and most stores not truly enforcing social distancing requirements. Some offered antibacterial gel and took people’s temperatures before allowing them to enter.

Officially, shops and businesses with an odd street number are permitted to open three days a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, whereas even-numbered shops can open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

In order to prevent crowds from accumulating and promote social distancing, 31 streets were converted into pedestrian-only zones.

Restaurants, cafés, and shopping centers are all open for business – with some protective measurements in place.

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Even before the official change to semáforo naranja, several restaurants and cafés were already offering dine-in service. But now restaurants are officially allowed to operate at limited capacity, while staff are required to wear masks and shields, and restaurants are’s allowed to play music or issue reusable menus.

Street markets, known as tianguis, will also be allowed to restart which will help many of the city’s informal workers. And the following week, department stores and shopping malls will also be allowed to reopen at 30% capacity and with limited hours.

Mexico is hardly finished with the Coronavirus threat – in fact, cases have been reaching record levels.

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Although not yet at the levels seen in the U.S. or Brazil, Mexico has been struggling with its response to the Coronavirus pandemic. As of July 1, the country has had more than 225,000 confirmed cases and almost 28,000 deaths, with Mexico City being the epicenter of the nation’s outbreak.

And the worst doesn’t appear to be over. In a Covid-19 situation report published Monday, the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security noted that Mexico had reported a decreasing daily incidence for three consecutive days.

“However, Mexico does not yet appear to have reached its peak,” the report said. “Based on recent trends, we expect Mexico to report increasing daily incidence over the coming days. Mexico is currently No. 6 globally in terms of daily incidence,” it added.