RIO DE JANIERO — A man in Brazil who is being described by police as a psychopath has confessed to killing over 40 people “for fun,” and says that when he is released—since there is no death penalty in the country—he will “do the same thing all over again.”
Sailson Jose das Gracas, 26, was taken into custody on Wednesday after stabbing a woman to death near Rio De Janiero. According to police, while in custody, das Gracas confessed to killing over 40 others, stating that over the past nine years, he has killed 37 women, three men and one toddler.
“I observed them, I studied them. I waited for a month, sometimes a week, depending on the place,” he is reported as divulging. “I tried to ascertain where they lived, what their families were like. I kept watch on their houses and then after a while went there at dawn, waited for my chance and entered.”
das Gracas said that over the past decade he became addicted to murder and found himself having to get his fix. He said he began a life of crime as a teen with petty theft and robbery, but then started having “different thoughts,” and decided to try murder.
“At 17, I killed the first woman and that gave me a buzz. I kept on doing it and I enjoyed it,” he told investigators. “I’d kill someone and then would think about the victim for two or three months. After that, I’d go off hunting. … I killed just for the pleasure of it.”
das Gracas said he wasn’t happy until he found another victim.
“When I wasn’t killing someone I got uptight,” he explained. “I would pace up and down at home. Killing calmed me down.”
The serial killer said that he was once hired as a hitman. The couple who payed him to murder is now behind bars.
But das Gracas, who under Brazilian law only faces a maximum of 30 years behind bars, admitted that if he is released, he will continue to kill. There is no death penalty in the country.
“I don’t feel remorse,” he told police, according to reports. “If I go to jail for 10, 15, 20 years, then as soon as I get out I’ll do the same thing all over again.”
Police state that they are comparing his statements with past evidence and four cases have already been linked back to das Gracas. Police Commissioner Pedro Henrique Medina told Globo Television that the information de Gracas has provided seems to be believable.
“We can perceive a very great wealth of details … details that only a person who was at the crime scene could know,” Medina said.
According to Press TV, das Gracas is not the only serial killer in Brazil nor the most egregious.
“Pedro Rodrigues Filho, Brazil’s most prolific killer, was convicted in 2003 of killing 71 people. He claimed to have killed over 100 victims, 47 of them inmates,” it outlines. “In 2000, nursing assistant Edson Isidoro Guimaraes was convicted of killing four people in hospital, though as many as 131 murders were linked to him.”
Scripture notes that “As in the days of Noah, so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be,” pointing back to Genesis, which outlines that “God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. … The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.”