Capture Alleged Cannibalistic Serial Killer
Service - Friday, October 12, 2007
On the stove, a frying pan with chunks of flesh. In the
refrigerator, a leg and part of an arm, both de-boned. The bones
were stuffed into a cereal box.
Mexico City police made the grisly
discoveries this week as they arrested the man the Mexican press
is calling the nation's first cannibalistic serial killer.
Police said Jose Luis Calva Zepeda, 40, was
arrested Monday and being held for "probable" homicide after an
investigation into the disappearance of his girlfriend.
Investigators found the mutilated body of Alejandra Galeana, 30,
in Calva's closet and believe Calva killed and mutilated at
least two other women since 2004.
Calva was sent to the hospital after his
arrest police say he fell from his apartment balcony while
trying to flee when they arrived and will undergo a battery of
psychological testing, police said. Authorities are also testing
the limbs and flesh found in Calva's apartment to determine
whether they are human.
The apparent murders and cannibalism have
sent shock waves through the Mexican capital, a city long
accustomed to violent crime, but not to such gruesome
dismemberment. Mexico has had cannibalism cases before the
last near Cancun in 2005 but experts say they have always been
"I don't know of another case like this in
Mexico," said Cutberto Enriquez, curator of an exhibition on
serial killers and the death penalty at Mexico City's Police
Cultural Center. "This case is exceptional. (Calva's) profile is
much more European and American than Mexican."
The details of the case seem to come straight
from a Halloween movie: Calva is a poet and writer of tales of
horror. Inside his small apartment, in the heart of Mexico City
and just a few blocks from the mariachi musicians at the famed
Plaza Garibaldi, police found an unfinished manuscript entitled
"Cannibal Instincts," according to local press reports.
Calva sold his poetry at the city's informal
markets. He also reportedly is a failed screenwriter who
unsuccessfully tried to sell his scripts for horror movies.
Enriquez said it is possible that Calva's
frustration with his professional career fueled his rage.
"It would be very interesting to get a copy
of his work," he said. "It would probably give a good
psychological look at his concepts of good and evil."
Calva is also accused of killing his former
girlfriend, Veronica Consuelo Martinez Casarrubias, who was
found dismembered in 2004, and a prostitute known only as La
Jarocha in April.
Police say his two girlfriends shared similar
ages and appearances and both worked in pharmacies.
Neighbors mostly called Calva quiet and
reserved, although the manager of a nearby pizza shop told El
Universal newspaper, "He gave the impression of being a
hypocrite, someone very concerned with being accepted."
Mexico's previous brush with cannibalism was
equally as gruesome.
Authorities say Gumaro de Dios Arias gutted
and ate another man who refused his sexual advances in 2005 near
Cancun. Arias, who cooked his victim's heart on a grill, told
interrogators his victim tasted like barbacoa, a slow-roasted
Mexican meat dish.
And while Mexico City may not have seen much
cannibalism, it has had several other high profile serial
killers in recent years.
In 2006, Juana Barraza was accused of being
the "little old lady killer" and murdering at least 30 elderly
women over nearly a decade. Raul Osiel Marroquin was arrested
the same week and accused of killing four gay men.
experts say flesh was human
By Mark Stevenson, Associated Press Writer
MEXICO CITY Forensics experts said Monday
that flesh found on a plate, fork and frying pan in the
apartment of an aspiring horror novelist was human, and that DNA
tests were planned to confirm whether it came from the body of
Dr. Rodolfo Rojo, chief medical
examiner for Mexico City's prosecutor's office, said muscle found on the
plate and frying pan in suspect Jose Luis Calva's apartment corresponded
to parts missing from the corpse of his 32-year-old girlfriend,
Police found Galeana's body in a
closet in the suspect's apartment last week after her family lead police
to the building.
When asked if Calva had eaten the
woman, prosecutor Octavio Romulo Salas said: "That is the assumption
Authorities found pieces of lime
beside chunks of flesh in the apartment, leading them to believe that
Calva seasoned Galeana's forearm with the fruit after he allegedly
strangled, hacked, and then fried up parts of her body, Rojo said.
Two or three days passed between
Galeana's death and her grisly discovery -- too much time to test
Calva's digestive system for traces of her flesh, Salas said.
Police discovered the lower part
of a leg presumed to be Galeana's in the refrigerator of the apartment.
They also found knives, a box cutter, blood stains and a pair of
shoelaces that may have been used to strangle her, prosecutors said.
Their search uncovered an
unfinished novel by Calva entitled "Cannibalistic Instincts." On the
cover page, a masked image of "Silence of the Lambs" killer Hannibal
Lecter had been altered to resemble Calva's face, Salas said.
One witness, whose name was
withheld, told prosecutors that Calva was fascinated by animal porn,
witchcraft, and the explicit and sadistic novel "120 Days of Sodom."
Calva supported his cocaine and
alcohol habits by forcing another girlfriend to sell handmade copies of
his novels and poems for about a dollar a piece on city streets,
The surviving girlfriend, whose
name was also withheld for her protection, told police that Calva was
initially charming, winning her trust with poetry. But he soon turned
jealous, controlling and obsessive, and once attempted suicide, the
Prosecutors said Calva may have
killed two other women whose dismembered bodies were found crammed in
cardboard boxes and suitcases in Mexico City in 2004 and 2007. Like
Galeana, both were strangled.
One of those cadavers, found in
April, was missing its hands and feet, prosecutors said.
The other body, found in 2004,
was that of Calva's former girlfriend, Veronica Martinez.
Calva, arrested last week, is
being treated at a local hospital for head injuries he suffered while
trying to escape police by swinging down balconies from his upper-floor
He will likely be charged with
homicide counts that carry a maximum sentence of 50 years in prison,
Suspected cannibal refuses to make plea
MEXICO CITY (AP) An aspiring writer who
left a horror scene of body parts in his apartment was arraigned
on Thursday on charges of murder and desecrating a corpse after
he allegedly cut up and ate part of his girlfriend's body.
Jose Luis Calva better known in
tabloids as Mexico City's "cannibal" refused to make a formal plea,
saying "I can't get my thoughts together right now."
Police say he had previously
acknowledged killing 32-year-old girlfriend Alejandra Galeana, and
prosecutors believe he killed and dismembered two other girlfriends, but
have not charged him for those crimes.
"He killed her because he was
high on cocaine," said defense attorney Humberto Guerrero Plata. "He
didn't eat her, he just cut her body up."
Calva told police he cooked the
flesh in order to feed it to neighborhood dogs, as a way to get rid of
But city coroner Rodolfo Rojo has
described how Calva carefully separated and de-boned Galeana's arm,
sliced away the skin and fat, fried the flesh and seasoned it with lime
juice not pains one usually takes with dogs.
With graying good looks and a
dark, penetrating stare, Calva made his first public appearance since
his arrest on Oct. 8, when police discovered Galeana's rotting,
mutilated torso stuffed into a closet, a leg in the freezer and bits of
arm meat on a fork and plate.
Calva, 38, met his girlfriends
several were single mothers and drugstore attendants while passing
himself off as a playwright, television personality, reporter, novelist,
actor and poet.
"He must have had a super
personality, to charm me the way he did," recalled Veronica R., 40, a
drugstore employee who said he read his poetry to her when they dated in
August. The woman asked that her full last name not be used to protect
Soledad Garavito, Alejandra's
mother, described him as "a very vain person ... everything was me, me,
"I am going to imagine myself as
a balloon the size of the sun, and I'm going to roll around in the
cosmos that is me," he wrote in one a short work, "The Night Before," a
strange mix of introspection and self-help exhortations.
Experts said he may have courted
drugstore workers including Veronica Martinez, who was killed and
dismembered in 2004 to get access to clonazepam, an anti-seizure
medication also used to treat anxiety.
But prosecutors say he focused on
drugstores because he was looking for working women who were relatively
poor, vulnerable or easier to impress and dominate.
"The way in which he treated his
girlfriend, it seemed like a classic dominant-submissive relationship,"
said an acquaintance who co-signed Calva's apartment lease. "He would
say things like 'Who told you you could talk?'" said the man, who asked
not to be identified because the lease is now a court matter.
Police say sadomasochistic
literature and films found in his apartment, and Calva also had a
lengthy affair with his alleged accomplice in the Martinez killing a
man named Juan Carlos Monroy, who described their relationship after he
was arrested this month for his alleged role in the murder.
Calva purportedly bought drugs
and alcohol with the money one surviving girlfriend made selling his
poetry and crudely bound, photocopied "books" on the street.
Police said Calva described a
traumatic childhood that he was practically abandoned by his mother,
his father died when he was 2, and around age 7 he was raped by a male
friend of his brother.
office: Alleged cannibal kills self
By Mark Stevenson, Associated Press Writer
Mexican 'Cannibal' Hangs Himself
Tuesday December 11, 2007
A Mexican man dubbed "the cannibal" after his
girlfriend's mutilated corpse was found in his apartment has reportedly
Jose Luis Calva was found hanging
from his belt in his Mexico City jail cell.
Details about the death came from a
prisons spokesman who could not be identified because of
It was not immediately clear how
Calva had gotten hold of a belt or whether he had left a
suicide note, the official said.
The Mexican, said to be a horror
writer, was first arrested when police discovered bits
of human arm meat on a fork and plate during a raid at
his flat in the capital.
Reports at the time said officers
also found a woman's torso in a cupboard, a leg in a
fridge and bones in a cereal carton.
Calva, 38, was injured as he fled the
Prosecutors said he later admitted
killing his girlfriend Alejandra Galeana, 32, but
insisted that he did not eat her.
Calva claimed to have cut up the
pharmacy worker's corpse and cooked it so he could hide
evidence of the killing by feeding it to dogs,