Mexico arrests suspected serial killers after remains are found

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A Mexican judge ordered the arrest of a suspected serial killer Thursday after a woman’s body and other skeletal remains were found in his home near the capital, prosecutors said.

The 72-year-old suspect, named Andres N, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of murdering a 34-year-old woman whose dismembered body was found in his basement in Atizapan de Zaragoza.

Authorities also found “various skeletal remains buried in one of the other rooms in the building,” as well as identification documents, shoes and women’s clothing, the Mexican state prosecutor said.

Notebooks with various names, videotapes, and makeup were also found around the house where a forensic team used an excavator and other equipment to search for evidence.

“At the moment we cannot say how many victims are linked to what we find … It could be serial femicide,” Dilkya Garcia, a gender crime prosecutor, told Mexican television.

At a court hearing, the suspect admitted the allegations made against him, according to the Milenio television station.

“I do not deny it. I also blame myself,” he was quoted as saying

Silvia Mejia, fearing that her niece Flor Vizcaino might be among the victims, cried as she waited for news near the house.

“Whatever you can find, I’ll thank you for giving it to me so I can give her the funeral she deserves,” Mejia said.

Marilu Tavera, who lives just three houses from the suspect, said she was surprised by his arrest.

“He wasn’t abusive. In fact, he was calm when he got drunk. He didn’t disrespect anyone,” she told AFP.

On average, around 10 women are murdered every day in Mexico.

Last year, 967 killings were officially recognized as femicides.

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