Costa Rica

El Psicópata (transl. ”The Psychopath”), an unidentified Costa Rican serial killer responsible for the murders of 19 people from 1986 to 1996 in the cities of Cartago, Curridabat, and Desamparados. He was named by the Civil Police of Costa Rica in 1996, who were investigating similar crimes that were not solved in the previous years. However, according to Costa Rican legislation, the crime statute limit has expired, and if a suspect (or suspects) were found, they could no longer be charged for any of the murders. Other crimes have been attributed to him, such as those of “El Descuartizador” (“The Dismemberer”), who was never captured either. His victims were single women or heterosexual couples who were usually attacked in places with little traffic during the night, especially in the area between Cartago, Curridabat and Desamparados, which at that time was called “the triangle of death”. A facial composite of the murderer was drawn up, although nobody was arrested for the crimes. The analysis of the profile indicated that the subject in question was a man of Costa Rican origin who lived in Nicaragua (although this was just one possibility, among many others). It was stated that the murderer could be a Costa Rican who in 1996 was 43 years old, and who was enrolled in the Nicaraguan guerilla (the Costa Rican authorities considered him dead as a result of this conflict, until the individual presented his vital records requesting a cédula de identidad). This was not confirmed either, and even this last suspect (a close relative of Ligia Camacho’s family, whose name was not revealed) appeared before the authorities with his lawyer, in order to prove his innocence. A popular but unconfirmed rumor was that the murderer could belong to one of the most powerful families in the country, more specifically to the family of former President José Figueres Ferrer, and for that reason was never discovered. Police officials declared that the murderer had probably undergone some psychological trauma in his youth, related to his mother or perhaps some sentimental companion, due to the cruelty he showed against the women. The then director of the OIJ said in 1996 that there was not the slightest evidence, except modus operandi and the weapon’s caliber, and that these were just circumstantial evidence, never binding to a specific weapon. The police managed to handle up to six different suspects. <SNIP> LINK

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