A gang in the remote Peruvian jungle has been killing people for their fat. According to police the gang’s members drain fat from bodies and sell it on the black market for use in cosmetics.
Three suspects have confessed to killing five people for their fat, said Col. Jorge Mejía, chief of Peru’s anti-kidnapping police. He said the suspects, two of whom were arrested carrying bottles of liquid fat, told the police it was worth $60,000 a gallon.
The fat was then sold to cosmetic companies in Europe.
At a news conference last week, the police showed reporters two bottles of fat recovered from the suspects and a photo of the rotting head of a 27-year-old man. One of the suspects helped police officers recover the head. The suspect said the gang would cut off its victims’ heads, arms and legs, remove the organs, and then suspend the torsos from hooks above candles that warmed the flesh as the fat dripped into tubs below.
Six of the gang members remain at large.
OK, big girls and boys. You should cancel all travel plans to Peru immediately. Consider this your warning.
Update Dec. 2: A police officer made up the story and Peru's chief of police suspended him indefinitely.
Initial doubts were compounded when police from the region where the crimes were alleged to have taken place said they knew nothing about a gang of murderers killing people for their fat.
They were only able to corroborate one of the dozens of alleged disappearances in a region where drug-trafficking and violence is rife.
Medical experts dismissed this theory, saying human fat had no monetary value and injecting it from one person to another would be potentially life-threatening.