Brazilian authorities in the state of Minas Gerais are looking for a serial killer responsible for the death of five elderly women in the town of Juiz de Fora. The murders, committed every two to three months, have the same characteristics. All victims were tortured, strangled with electrical chords and some were raped. All of them lived alone and were between 57 and 77 years old.
The first crime occurred on June 19, 1995. The most recent killing happened on May 13, 1996. According to Chief of Police Jose Carneiro, the dead women were found tied to the beds, half-naked and strangled. He said that a composite picture of the killer was made, "based on an individual who tried to rape women in the streets." The suspected killer is believed to be black, of average height and between 30 to 35 years old.