Sailson Jose das Gracas is a 26 year-old
Brazilian man accused of stabbing a woman to death in a suburb of
Rio de Janeiro. He has confessed to having murdered 41 people,
almost all of them women, “for the fun of it”, police say.
Gracas says he has murdered 37 women, three men
and a two-year-old child over a nine-year killing spree,
explaining he killed the child because he feared it would cry and
attract neighbours’ attention. He claimed to have first murdered
in 2005 at the age of 17.
Brazilian Police Say Man Confessed To Being
A Serial Killer In Rio De Janeiro
By Jade Walker - The Huffington Post
December 12, 2014
A man has reportedly confessed to Brazilian
police that he was a serial killer and hit man responsible for the
deaths of dozens of people, the BBC reported.
Sailson Jose Das Gracas, 26, was arrested on
Wednesday after he allegedly stabbed a woman to death. During his
videotaped interrogation, Das Gracas confessed to killing another
37 women, three men and a 2-year-old girl in Rio de Janeiro over
the past nine years, police said.
Das Gracas, who is black, reportedly said he
preferred to kill white women by strangulation, the Daily Mail
reported, and that he was "addicted to murder."
Das Gracas said he would go out 'hunting' --
stalking his victims to learn their movements -- and then killed
them for the adrenaline rush.
"I observed them, I studied them. I waited for
a month, sometimes a week, depending on the place. I tried to
ascertain where they lived, what their families were like. I kept
watch on their houses and then after a while went there at dawn,
waited for my chance and entered," broadcaster Globo's G1 news
portal quoted Gracas as saying.
He also apparently killed for money. According
to Das Gracas, he was hired to murder his three alleged male
In an interview with reporters at the police
station in Nova Iguacu, Gracas said he enjoyed seeing the female
"I got pleasure from them fighting, screaming
and scratching me. I thought that I was crazy, sometimes normal,"
he said, as quoted by The Telegraph.
Rio police chief Marcelo Machado said Das
Gracas also masturbated after the victims were dead.
Police apprehended Das Gracas soon after his
alleged slaying of 26-year-old Fatima Miranda, who was found dead
in her home.
Das Gracas reportedly began his life of crime
when he was just a teenager. At 15, he began stealing handbags.
But only two years later, he allegedly killed his first victim,
The Globe And Mail reported.
"I started to steal small things, do small
robberies. And as I grew up I started having other thoughts. My
thinking started to change, understand? From robbing, I started to
think about killing," Das Gracas said.
Authorities are in the process of verifying Das
Gracas' claims, but they say they believe his account. In the past
48 hours, they've already matched four crimes, Reuters reported.
According to Agence France-Presse, the maximum
prison term under Brazilian law that Das Gracas could face is 30
"I don't feel remorse -- if I go to jail for
10, 15, 20 years, then as soon as I get out I'll do the same thing
all over again," Gracas said.
Brazil psychopath serial killer 'strangled 38 women for fun'
Police are investigating the claims of Sailson Jose
das Gracas, 26, who says he murdered dozens of women and would "do it
By Nick Allen, Los Angeles - Telegraph.co.uk
December 12, 2014
A 26-year-old Brazilian psychopath has
confessed to being a prolific serial killer who murdered 38 women
over the last decade.
Police in Rio de Janeiro are investigating the
veracity of the claims made by Sailson Jose das Gracas, who said
he murdered "for the fun of it" and because it calmed him down.
Das Gracas claimed he also killed a
two-year-old girl in case she cried and attracted attention to one
of his crimes. He also told police he had shot dead three men in
A police spokesman said: "We are now trying to
trying to determine if he is the serial killer he says his, or if
he is making it all up."
Das Gracas was arrested on Wednesday shortly
after the fatal stabbing of a women in a Rio suburb and
subsequently confessed to the other killings.
He was paraded in handcuffs in front of
Brazilian media at a police station where journalists were allowed
to question him.
Speaking calmly and quietly the suspected
serial killer outlined how he had been a petty criminal, stealing
handbags from women, before committing his first murder age 17.
He went on to target mostly white women,
sometimes stalking them for months, before strangling or stabbing
them, he claimed.
Das Gracas said: "At 17 I killed the first
woman and that gave me a buzz. I kept on doing it and I enjoyed
it. When I wasn't killing someone I got uptight. I would pace up
and down at home. Killing calmed me down.
"I'd kill someone and then would think about
the victim for two or three months. After that, I'd go off
"I don't feel remorse. If I go to jail for 10,
15, 20 years, then as soon as I get out I'll do the same thing all
over again. I got pleasure from them fighting, screaming and
scratching me. I thought that I was crazy, sometimes normal. I'm
Das Gracas claimed his wife was aware of the
Experts suggested he was a psychopath who was
enjoying the publicity that followed his confession, and that his
claims should be treated with caution.
But police said his statements tallied with
evidence and four crimes had so far been linked to him.
Two months ago Brazilian police arrested Tiago
Rocha in the city of Goiania. He confessed to killing at least 39
victims, including homeless people, over the last two years.