BUENOS AIRES – A 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of committing six murders because of a pact he made with “San La Muerte” (Saint Death) in exchange for “protection and prosperity,” Argentine police said Tuesday.
Witnesses in the case said that the suspect, who was nabbed last Saturday and whose identity has not been revealed, became a serial killer to keep the promise he made to this popular pagan “saint” that is widely venerated in jails and among criminal gangs.
“Marcelito,” as he is known in the Buenos Aires shantytown of Bajo Flores, is accused of having slain six men this year over a period of four months.
Judge Enrique Velazquez issued a warrant last week for the suspect’s arrest for the murder of the student Rodrigo Ezcurra, 27, whose body was found in April with a bullet in his chest.
“One witness gave us the details of the pact (of the prisoner) with San La Muerte,” a police spokesman told the media, admitting that even more murders could have been committed by Marcelito.
“We’re studying a total of about 10 cases and trying to unify the investigations to work better. In some cases we have already obtained positive photographic recognition,” a police official told the daily Clarin.
Cops began tracking Marcelito last February, and finally caught up with him this weekend during an operation in which he tried to resist capture with gunfire. EFE