A woman who beat her husband to death and then asked her butcher sons to chop up his corpse admitted to her crimes, saying she did it because the man sexually abused their daughter.
Astonished binmen found two lower legs with the feet still attached in a rubbish bag on a pile of trash in Lomas de Zamora, Argentina, on Thursday, June 9.
Police were called and later found the dead man’s head in a bucket of cement in a stream, after the killer enlisted the help of her sons, who both work as butchers, to dispose of the body.
Officers tracked down suspect Laura Marcela Campos after studying recent missing person cases.
The 47-year-old admitted that she had beaten her husband, reportedly Daniel Tomas Silvero, 56, to death during a violent row.
His wife told police he was abusing her teenage daughter and, as reported by local media, Silvero was facing a 2019 case of allegedly raping the girl as a 12-year-old.
Once the two sons and mother had hacked the dead man into pieces, Campos hid his body parts around town.
It was one of the victim’s daughters from a previous relationship – named only as Milagros in local media – who had reported her father missing after getting a strange message sent from his mobile phone on Wednesday.
The message, which was unusually full of spelling mistakes, told her he was going to move house and change his phone number and not to look for him.
Milagros also told police that her father had earlier sent a letter to his first family, warning them that if something happened to him, they should look for him at his current home.
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The last time he had been seen alive was the previous Wednesday (June 1). At the time, Campos claimed he had failed to return from a day out fishing.
Another daughter, Daniela, said her father would visit his former family every other day and that he often complained that his current wife would beat him and take his money.
Cops arrested Campos and her two sons, aged 27 and 21, on Friday (June 10).
Silvero had also allegedly been reported to the police for sexually abusing his own biological daughter – name not reported – in 2010.
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That case was eventually archived.
Silvero and Campos had been married for two years.
When questioned by prosecutor Marcela Juan on Saturday, Campos admitted her guilt and claimed her late husband was a violent abuser.
She added that she was unable to leave her daughter alone with him and that at least one of her sons had to be present when she had to be away from her.
Her sons have so far refused to speak.