On the morning of Thursday April 26, 2012 a group of villagers from Murici, a municipality 54 km from Maceió, in the forest zone of Alagoas, Brazil found a decapitated body of a young male. His back was riddled with stab wounds and his head impaled on a stake of a nearby barb wire fence. Shockingly, as if he wasn’t mutilated enough, the murderers also cut the young man’s ear off.
The police said that the Cajueiros Street where the crime occurred is frequently used by drug traffickers. The victim was identified as 22 year old José Roberto da Silva (perfect Brazilian name on all accounts). José Roberto worked as a cane cutter in the town of Barra de São Miguel, on the south coast of Alagoas where he lived with his wife and her hellish in-laws.
Victim’s brother – Emerson Firmino da Silva said Jose Roberto came to stay with him because he couldn’t stand constant arguments with the in-laws. On Wednesday, the day prior to his gruesome murder, Jose Roberto returned home to his brother with scratches and when asked what happened, he replied that someone tried to kill him. Looks like the following day they succeeded.