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In a quick search on social media, you can see that the podcast “A Mulher da Casa Abandonada” is the topic of the moment.

Created and presented by journalist Chico Felitti for the Folha de S.Paulo newspaper, the program had such an impact that it took “true crime” fans to the streets in search of clues and information about this woman.

The story of Margarida Bonetti, an heiress who lives in an abandoned mansion in Higienópolis, seems to be peaceful. But it just seems. The mysterious figure, who hides her face with white ointment, is accused of a crime committed decades ago.

Have you listened to the entire podcast “A Mulher da Casa Abandonada”? If history made you even more interested in the “true crime” genre, check out the selection of 10 books about crimes that shocked Brazil, from the Richthofen case to the park maniac:

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Suzane: Assassin and Manipulator – Matrix

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Price: R$ 42.99*

This book traces the path Suzane von Richthofen took from her first arrest to the moment she started to get out of prison. The work shows a Suzane who wants to marry religiously, become an evangelical pastor and who nourishes a dream now revealed.

The Trial of a Serial Killer: the Case of the Park Maniac – Editora EDA

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Price: BRL 67.39*

The book brings the nuances of the case that haunted the country in the late 1990s. The crimes committed by Francisco de Assis Pereira serve as the basis for the work to seek answers to current questions: who are psychopaths? Can they live in society? Are they imputable or not?

The Evandro Case – Harper Collins

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Price: BRL 45.43*

In the 1990s, several children disappeared in Paraná. On April 6, 1992, it was Evandro Ramos Caetano’s turn. The book tells how contestable proceedings and allegations of torture called into question the validity of the police investigation and the confessions of the alleged culprits.

Brazilian Holocaust – Intrinsic

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Price: BRL 40.85*

Daniela Arbex interviewed former employees and survivors to rescue the stories of those who lived closely the horror perpetrated by an institution with the purpose of social cleansing comparable to the most abominable regimes of the 20th century. An essential and landmark report of investigative journalism in the country.

Indefensible: Goalkeeper Bruno and the Death Story of Eliza Samudio – Record

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Price: from BRL 9.40*

Written as a crime thriller, the book addresses how the then goalkeeper Bruno, from Flamengo, plotted the crime that led to the death of Eliza Samudio. It’s all here: the conception of the trap, the execution of the kidnapping, the disappearance of the young woman, the theater of the trials and the condemnation of those responsible.

Elize Matsunaga: The Woman Who Butchered Her Husband – Matrix

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Price: BRL 47.36*

Elize Araújo went to the altar with businessman Marcos Matsunaga in 2009. Her daughter was born in 2011. A year later, she decided to shoot her husband in the head and cut him into seven pieces using a kitchen knife. Ullisses Campbell’s work details the crime that shocked the country.

The Worst of Crimes: The Story of Isabella Nardoni’s Murder – Record

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Price: BRL 41.93*

On March 29, 2008, 5-year-old Isabella was thrown alive through the sixth-floor window of her father, Alexandre Nardoni, and stepmother, Anna Carolina Jatobá’s apartment. Were there sufficient elements for conviction? The reader will be able to draw their conclusions based on this book-report.

The Clinic: the Farce and the Crimes of Roger Abdelmassih – Record

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Price: BRL 30.97*

Reporter Vicente Vilardaga details the plot of lies that surround the doctor Roger Abdelmassih, an admirable man and at first above suspicion, sentenced to 278 years in prison for more than 48 crimes of sexual abuse against his patients.

Henry Case: Death Foretold – Publisher Máquina de Livros

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Price: BRL 38.17*

On March 8, 2021, Henry Borel arrived at the emergency room of a hospital in Rio, not breathing and with a cold body. A month later, the mother and her partner, Councilor Dr. Jairinho, were arrested for the death of the child. The work brings documents, unpublished stories and conversations between the accused.

John of God: the Abuse of Faith – Globo Livros

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Price: BRL 30.70*

In September 2018, journalist Cristina Fibe started an investigation that would reveal the rapes committed by the self-proclaimed medium. In this book, she retraces the trajectory of João de Deus from the foundation of his spiritual center to the discovery of the crime network he led.

*Prices and listing were checked July 18, 2022 to update this story. It may be that they vary over time.

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