Brazil Crime News
RIO DE JANEIRO – A website published police photographs of body parts belonging to slain food industry executive Marcos Matsunaga Thursday, reported Brazil’s Portuguese-language site G1, part of Globo TV.
The multimillionaire business person, CEO of Yoki Alimentos, which sold to General Mills for close to one billion dollars shortly after he disappeared in May died at the hands of his wife who confessed the killing to police.
Marcos Matsunaga’s Body Parts Appear on the Web
The extremely disturbing images, published on the site mortebrutal.com, show the head, trunk, face and limbs of the dead man. The photos are both crime scene photos from where Elize Matsunaga dumped the body parts as well as from the Medical Examiner’s Office.
The images, widely distributed around Brazil Thursday via a pdf files, Usenet groups and email, show the shocking brutality of the crime. A lawyer representing the Matsunaga family told R7 News that distribution of the photos was regrettable but “irreversible.”
Elize Matsunaga, 30, admitted to police that she shot her husband in the temple before dismembering his body and scattering the parts at various locations around Sao Paulo. Driving her SUV with the man’s remains wrapped in plastic and packed into three suitcases, she maintained her composure when pulled over by police for expired tags.
After the patrolmen ticketed her, and allowed her to go, she dumped the load and returned to the luxury high-rise condominium she shared with Marcos and their year-old daughter – who stands to inherit over one hundred million dollars from her late father’s estate. Elize reported her husband missing the next day.
From the beginning of the investigation, police suspected Elize of involvement in her husband’s disappearance. After confronting her with the building’s CCTV security footage showing her husband arriving home but never leaving, she confessed to killing him.
She told police that she acted in self-defense after her husband, an avid gun collector, became enraged when she confronted him with photographic evidence of his infidelity. The gun she used had been a gift from her husband.
The crime has captivated the nation ever since police arrested the former escort May 4 and charged her with killing her husband. It has led to discussions related to marital fidelity, violence against women, the right to own firearms, prostitution and a widely perceived impunity said to be enjoyed by the very wealthy in Brazil.
The Secretary of Public Safety of the State of Sao Paulo told G1 that it opened an investigation into the release of the photos.