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  • Alejandro Gomez, attorney general of the State of Mexico, said that the couple were tracked down during a search for three missing women.

    Alejandro Gomez, attorney general of the State of Mexico, said that the couple were tracked down during a search for three missing women. | Photo: Facebook / Alejandro Gomez

Published 8 October 2018

Psychiatric tests show Juan Carlos suffered a personality disorder and could be considered a psychopath, and his wife had been born with a mental illness.

A Mexican couple, investigated by the Attorney General of Mexico, during a hearing Sunday confessed to killing at least 20 women in the municipality of Ecatepec. The hearing took place in one of the rooms of the Control and Oral Trial Courts of the Sergio Garcia Ramírez prison in Ecatepec, popularly known as the Chiconautla prison, where the accused, Juan Carlos, and his wife Patricia revealed that they sold the bones of the victims after murdering them according to a report by El Universal.

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The Mirror reported that Juan Carlos confessed to murdering the women, performing necrophilia, and then cutting them up into pet food, where they used their skin as a mix for plant fertilizer. 

Psychiatrists told the court that tests had shown Juan Carlos suffered a personality disorder and could be considered a psychopath, and his wife had been born with a mental illness, but they insisted both were able to distinguish between right and wrong. The duo kept their victims' organs in formaldehyde-filled bottles but dumped their bones in bags around the area where he lived. The wife lured the victims into their house with the promise of selling cheap clothes.

Juan Carlos admitted to carrying out killings since 2012, and blamed his crimes on his hatred toward women stemming from childhood trauma caused by his mother.

The couple was arrested on Oct. 4 by agents of the Prosecutor’s office after an investigation into three women reported missing in Ecatepec during April, July, and September. On Oct. 5, the police searched the area and in the building they found eight plastic buckets filled with human remains and frozen human parts wrapped in plastic bags in a refrigerator.

Judge Eduardo Jimenez declared them "dangers to society" and ordered them to be in custody during the judicial process.

Thousands of women have disappeared or been murdered during a sharp increase in violence in Mexico in recent years. According to government statistics, there were at least 2,585 suspected murders of women last year, up from 1,755 in 2015.

Of the total, the largest number were in the State of Mexico, the most populous region of the country. Ecatepec has become notorious for being a central hub for murder.

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