This is one of those stories that can really get to the depths of our emotions. When reality kicks in and we see how vulnerable life is. How from the moment a baby was born, grew up to become a child, teenager and then an adult, just to one day become an undistinguishable piece of rotten, stinking flesh, ready to be savoured by all sorts of little, or big, animals. It’s a fate we will all share, a reality we can’t avoid. I guess this might be more sensitive since it contains many photos of the young, 28 year old Mércia Nakashima (a lawyer by profession and of Japanese ancestry), who was, I may add, very pretty and seemed like a nice person. All to end up a bald, greyish corpse with it’s eyes popping out. Oh, did I mention she was murdered?
On the 23rd of May, 2010, Mércia’s family reported her disappearance after they had lunch with her that same day in Guarulhos, São Paulo – Brazil. According to police, she left her grandmother’s house at around 6:30 pm, but nobody ever knew about her ever since. Her family asserted that her boyfriend made a phone call right after she left the house.
On the 10th of June, 2010, through an anonymous phone call to Mércia’s family, her car was found near a dam in the city of Nazaré Paulista. Her vehicle was 19 feet (6 meters) underwater, had the driver’s window cracked open and the lawyers belongings inside of it. Her body was found the next day.
The man that made the phone call was obviously tracked down by police. He was fishing near the dam (he took almost one month to call the family? Wow, what a nice guy. If you’re wondering how he knew their number, this case got national attention, so the family’s contact was probably on every news channel). The man said that on the night of the crime he heard a woman screaming and saw a car being pushed into the dam. He claimed he saw a man exiting the vehicle right before it came into contact with the water.
Her boyfriend, Mizael Bispo de Souza, told the police he would pick her up after he made the phone call, but that she never showed up. This made him the primary suspect.
After several trials and appeals, on the 15th of March, 2013, nearly 3 years after the murder, Mizael de Souza (also a lawyer and former police officer) was convicted of the murder of Mércia Nakashima, and sentenced to 20 years in prison. The family was outraged by this decision, deeming it too low, and the family’s attorney vowed to repeal the court’s decision and ask for at least 25 years, possibly more, of imprisonment.
This murder case was considered historic as, out of so many, was actually the first to be televised throughout the country, having most news channels getting record audiences.
Just a side note. In Brazil, there are nearly 40 thousand violent murders every year. It’s one of the countries with the highest murder rate per capita in the world. But does Dilma Rousseff tackle this problem? Of course not. But she is doing a hell of a job spending billions on building the stadiums for the upcoming World Cup. Gotta set priorities.