A Brazilian man arrested by police has admitted to the murders of 42 people since 2005, informing police that he killed simply “for the pleasure of it”.
A Brazilian man, Sailson Jose das Gracas, was arrested shortly after he allegedly stabbed a woman to death in Nova Iguacu, a suburb in Rio de Janeiro. Under police custody das Gracas admitted to the murders of 42 people, since he began in 2005.
“He confessed he killed another 37 women, three men and a two-year-old girl over the past nine years,” a police officer said. “He either stabbed his victims or strangled them.”
Inspector Pedro Henrique Medina told press that das Gracas showed no remorse for his actions, and threatened that he would kill again if released from prison.
The 26-year-old told police he killed for “pleasure” and the “adrenaline” and also operated as a killer for hire. He claims he killed the first person, a woman, when he was just 17-years-old. His preferred victims were females, whom he allegedly strangled. Among his 42 alleged killings, 39 are thought to be women, and one a two-year-old girl.
Das Gracas told reporters he would often watch those he claims to have attacked for months before making his move, saying: “I would wait for an opportunity to break into the house and kill.
Das Gracas said he would often remove the nails of his victims to avoid marks or scratches from a scuffle.
Experts were quoted by press as saying das Gracas demonstrated the traits of a likely psychopath, enjoying the media spotlight and warned that his accounts should be carefully checked. Police have said that they were cross-referencing his confessions with past crime reports. They said four crimes had already successfully been matched.