Suspected serial killer accused of luring women on Facebook with fake job offers: “She disappeared” – CBS News
Authorities have arrested a suspected serial killer who had been baiting women with fake job offers on Facebook. The suspect met victims in public places and drove the victim off with his motorcycle in one case. Prosecutors said the same suspect killed a 22-year-old college student looking for a job in April. Local activists said the student was lured to meet with the suspect in the lunchroom via a list of jobs or items for sale on Facebook. The suspect is a “serial murderer of women; there are at least seven cases of murders of women in which this individual may have been involved,” said Assistant Public Safety Secretary Ricardo Mejia.
It is unclear whether the victims’ bodies were mutilated, but prosecutors in the two states mentioned found their remains “in multiple locations” or in various plastic bags. The prosecutor in Morelos said the men had long been undercover under different aliases and had been sought in 2012 for rape. They listed Juan Carlos Gasperin and Roman Vilalos, who are of Greek descent, as two of his most common aliases.
The men were arrested with their female accomplice in the northern state of Queretaro. It is not clear whether she has an attorney. Authorities said they had rescued two girls, aged 13 and 14, who had been lured away from their homes by offers to work in the western state of Jalisco.
The arrests came roughly five weeks after the body of 18-year-old law student Debanhi Escobar was found in a motel water tank, sparking a public outcry. Escobar’s sexual assault and death is now being investigated as femicide and have rapidly become the symbol of a furious movement for women’s rights in a country where around 10 women are murdered each day. In 2021 alone, 3,751 women were reported murdered in Mexico, the majority of whom remain unpunished.
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- Suspected serial killer accused of luring women on Facebook with fake job offers: “She disappeared” CBS News
- Mexico police arrest alleged serial killer who lured women with job offers The Guardian
- Mexico man accused of slaying women he lured on Facebook ABC News