SAO PAULO – Elize Matsunaga, 30, who admitted to killing her husband and cutting his body to pieces, advertized herself as a “very loving blond” on an escort service website, reported online media. Elize left the profession after meeting Mark Matsunaga, heir to Yoki Foods, which recently sold for nearly one billion U.S. dollars.
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Police arrested Elize last week and the comely blond admitted to investigators that she shot her husband in the head and dismembered his body. The crime occurred on May 19th and Elize disposed of her husband’s remains the next day on a dirt road in Cotia, in Greater São Paulo.
At one point, police pulled Elize over for expired plates, during which her husband’s body parts remained packed in three black suitcases in the back of the green Mitsubishi SUV she was driving. Officers ticketed and released her.
The advertisement on the internet, since taken down, identifies Elize with the name “Kelly,” says she weighs 110 lbs, is 5’5″ tall and has a 36” bust. Lingerie, the ad says, the customer “will never forget.”
The ad, which was up until at least March 2005, described Elize as being 19 years old – when, in fact, she would have been 23. She married the Yoki Foods CEO about two years ago and they have a daughter who is a year old.
The site mclass.com.br, which published the ad, says that it is a “classified ad company only” and that it does not charge “fees or commissions on the trades between our customers and our advertisers.”
The killing occurred on the night that Elize returned to her São Paulo home after a three-day trip to her home state of Paraná with her daughter and nanny. In three days that she was traveling, a private detective followed Matsunanga and photographed him with a call girl known as Natalie.
In testimony, Natalie told homicide detectives that she was having a relationship with the executive since the beginning of the year and that he had given her a gift of a car, though she didn’t know how to drive.
Elize told homicide investigators that she killed her husband after a fight in which she revealed that she had hired the detective. She says that her husband scolded and beat her before she picked up a pistol that he had given her as a gift some time before and shot him in the head – “right between the eyes.”
After killing Matsunanga, she dragged the body into the bathroom in one of the bedrooms of the condominium where they lived in Vila Leopoldina (West São Paulo). She waited until about 10 am – letting rigor mortis set in to minimize bleeding – and then began the chore of dismembering the body with a 30-cm surgical knife.
Elize said it took four hours to cut up her cheating husband’s body, wrap the pieces in plastic bags and pack them into three suitcases. The couple’s one-year-old daughter was in the condominium at the time of the crime. The family of the dead executive say that they will not seek custody of the child.
On Tuesday, a São Paulo judge denied bail for Elize and extended her warrant of detention. She will stay behind bars without bail pending an appeal by the defense.
On Monday, Elize complained about the size of the jail cell where she is being held in solitary confinement. The judge made no special accommodations for the black widow.
General Mills Announces purchase of Yoki Alimentos S.A.
General Mills announced last month that it is buying Brazilian food company Yoki Alimentos S.A., maker of snacks, dry soups, side dishes, seasonings and other products, as it looks to speed up its growth in the region.
The sale is reportedly for nearly one billion dollars. The acquisition is expected to close during fiscal 2013′s first half.