Brazilian Cannibals Make Empanadas With Human Meat

Three people in Brazil killed and ate at least three women as a ritual of their religious sect. The cannibals, who have confessed to the crime, say that a voice told them to kill evil women. It's unclear if the voice also told them to use the extra human meat to stuff empanadas, which they then sold to their unwitting neighbors.

One of the murderers, Jorge Beltrao Negromonte da Silveira, wrote a book on his sect's activities, Revelations of a Schizophrenic. (That title makes him sound remarkably self-aware.) The book details the murder of Jessica, a 17-year-old killed in 2008.

Looking at the now lifeless body of the evil adolescent, I feel relieved. I grabbed some sheet metal and begin to remove all the skin and then I divide her up...we dine on the flesh of evil as a purification ritual. We bury the remainder in the patio.

The other murderers were Da Silveira's wife Isabel Cristina Oliveira da Silva, and his mistress Bruna Cristina Oliveira da Silva. All three were living together along with a five-year-old girl, thought to be 2008 murder victim Jessica's daughter.

As horrifying as the murders and cannibalism are, surely the worst part of this story is the empanadas — first because the neighbors had no idea they were eating people, and second, because the killers actually made money selling the empanadas. The fact that they got their neighbors to pay to help them get rid of the bodies just adds insult to injury.

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