By THE PULSE NEWS MEXICO STAFF
In a gruesome twist on an already grisly case, authorities have reported that the Mexican couple arrested in Ecatepec, in the State of Mexico (Edomex), on Thursday, Oct. 4, on suspicion of multiple murders, may have killed as many as 20 women in order to harvest their body parts.
The male and female suspects – so far known only as Juan Carlos Hernández and his wife Patricia N — were arrested while pushing a baby carriage which later proved to be filled with human remains.
The suspected serial killers were originally investigated on suspicion of involvement in the disappearance of three women and a two-month-old baby earlier this year.
The baby, which the couple claim to have sold for 15,000 pesos, was later recovered and is currently in the care of her grandmother.
The husband-and-wife team was originally charged with the murder of 10 female victims, but the male suspect subsequently claimed that they had in fact killed as many as 20 women.
Dismembered body parts in plastic bags were found in the couple’s home refrigerator and in buckets filled with cement, according to State of Mexico Prosecutor Alejandro Gómez.
At this time, there is no official explanation as to what purpose the couple intended for the dismembered bodies, but Hernández is said to have claimed that the perverse acts were carried out by him and his wife because of his deep-rooted hatred for women.
During an interrogation with the police, Hernández reportedly stated: “I do not expect to get out of this, but if I am released, I will tell you here and now that I will continue to kill women.”
Femicide has become a national crisis in Mexico, with at least 2,585 women murdered in the country in 2017, according to government statistics.
Edomex is the state with the highest numbers of femicides, with 110 reported female murders over the course of the last two years.