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Luis Garavito

Colombian rapist and serial killer
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kristen jagodzinsky

on 30 October 2012

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Luis Garavito Childhood: Luis Garavito was born on 25 January 1957 in Génova, Quindío, Colombia. He was the oldest of seven brothers and apparently suffered physical and emotional abuse at the hands of his father. He described being a victim of sexual abuse when young. Murders: In 1999 Garavito admitted to raping and killing 147 young boys. Based on the locations of skeletons listed on a map he drew in prison, the number of victims increased to more than 300. He was described by local media as the worst serial killer in the world because of the high number of victims and severity of the killings.

Garavito's victims were poor children, peasant children, or street children, between the ages of 8 and 16. Garavito approached them on the street or countryside and offered them gifts or small amounts of money. After gaining their trust, he took the children for a walk and when they got tired, he would take advantage of them. He then raped them, cut their throats, and usually dismembered their corpses. Most corpses showed signs of torture. He was found guilty in 138 of the 172 cases; the others are ongoing. The sentences for these 138 cases add to 1,853 years and 9 days. Because of Colombian law restrictions, however, he cannot be imprisoned for more than 30 years. In addition, because he helped the authorities in finding the bodies, his sentence has been decreased to 22 years. Sentencing and Charges Garavito was sexually abused as a child which led him to rape his victims. He only ever had male victims, as if it were a son. He didn't have any children of his own, nor a wife. He was alone for the majority of his life. He was never diagnosed with a mental disorder, so he never had to receive treatment. His actions were just a reflection of his childhood. When Garavito was caught he didn't refuse or resist arrest. In 2006, a local TV host Pirry interviewed Garavito which aired on June 11th the same year. Pirry mentioned Garavito tried to minimize his actions and express intent to start a political career in order to help abused children. His conditions in prison commented that due to good behavior he could probably apply for early release within 3 years. Resources http://www.documentingreality.com/forum/f240/luis-garavito-17766/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luis_Garavito http://murderpedia.org/male.G/g/garavito.htm http://serial-killers.findthedata.org/compare/293-294/Pedro-Lopez-vs-Luis-Alfredo-Garavito-Cubillos
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