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They kill him and leave the corpse in Ciudad Colón

Murder victim 360 for the year was identified (preliminary) as 27-year-old Christopher Madrigal Rojas, shot several times and whose body was found by a passerby early this Thursday morning in Calle El Bambú en Ciudad Colón, San José. Authorities say the body was dumped in...

Man Acquitted Of Murder In The Killing of His Best Friend

After a year and four months in preventive detention (remand), Caleb Villalobos Aguilar, 30, is a free man, acquitted by the Limon criminal court accused of killing his friend Roberto Menocal, who he shot in the middle of a struggle when he intervened to...

Detained in Monimbó, Three Days Later Found In The Morgue

Arrested in Monimbó, he ends in the morgue. The father of the young man reported missing for three days after his arrest, he went looking for his son in hospitals, health centers, even in the city of Diriamba, where they supposedly had him, but...

Woman To Go To Trial For Killing Husband While He Was Driving

A jealous woman will be standing trial for allegedly killing her husband while driving home from a bar in Guatuso de Alajuela. The prosecutor alleges the 44-year-old woman, in a jealous rage, shot her husband while driving. The incident occurred in October 2015. After being...

Colombia Considers Chemical Castration as Child Sex Abuse Soars

Colombia’s senate has approved the use of chemical castration for rapists found guilty of sex crimes against minors, as a new report warns that such violations have soared by 27 percent. Since January, there have already been 5,870 cases reported, said the Colombian Family Welfare...

Cop and Former Cops Faked Roadside Blocks To Murder Model, Her Boyfriend and Brother

An officer of the Fuerza Publica (national police) in Alajuela and two former policemen faked a roadside police stop to intercept three people who were murdered in August last year. The official, identified by his last name Vargas Melendez and the two ex-police, Saborío Segura...

20 Year-Old Siquirres Woman 12th Femicide Of The Year

Kimberly Jazmín Barrantes Pérez, 20 years of age, is the eight femicide this year, losing her life at the hands of her former partner. According to the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ, in the attack that occurred Saturday night in Siquirres de Limón, a man...

Padre Minor Returns!

  Padre (Father) Minor, as he likes to be called, though he no longer is an ordained priest of the Catholic church, has returned, ever filled with God spreading his message now on Facebook. In between his serving up meals at his restaurant La Casona de...

“El Gringo” Among The 11 Assassinated This Weekend

  The most wanted in Costa Rica, 28-year-old Erwin Guido Toruño, known as "El Gringo" was among the 11 murdered this weekend, one of the bloodiest in the country's history. The 11 murders this weekend (a total of 32 in the first 16 days of this...

Shootings So Common In Alajuelita That Residents Do Not Even Report Them To Police

Shootings In Alajuelita So Common Residents Don't Even Call Police Shootings in Alajuelita, on the south side of San Jose, are so common that residents don't even call police to report them. The latest case was on Thursday, the murder of 32-year-old Antonio Chaves Rojas that...

Two Teens Murder Foreigners In Orotina

This past week there has been a rash of homicides, most of what authorities believe "a settling of scores". From Desamparados, to Pavas, to Orotina, the triggemen left bodies behind. The latest occurred Friday afternoon, around 4:30 pm in Mataste de Orotina, in the area...

Costa Rica With An Average Of 2 Homicides Per Day In The Past 34 Days

Q COSTA RICA - 74 homicides in the last 34 days, for an average of 2 murders per day, according to statistics from the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ). The violence of the past month brings the total number of homicides to 380 (as of...

OIJ Presumes Body Found In River Is Brother of Murdered Model

The body of a young male found this Sunday in Esparza is believed to be related to the murder of model Isamar Villata, 24 and her boyfriend, Andrez Perez, 35, found last week. The Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) confirmed the body, in a state...

Model and Boyfriend Found Shot Dead In Esparza, Puntarenas

The alert went out on Friday, 26-year-old model, Isamara Alejandra Villalta Solano and her 17-year-old brother, Kendall Gonzalez, had gone missing. Posts and reposts on the social media called for help in locating the two. But that all came to a tragic end for the model,...

OIJ Theorize Son-in-law Target Of Murdered of Family in Guanacaste

The Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ) hypothesize the son-in-law of the massacred couple and their two sons on Friday in Monte Plata de La Cruz, Guanacaste, was the target of the attack. That is the strongest hypotheses judicial investigators are working on, sources close to...

Shotgun Used To Kill Five in La Cruz Guanacaste

The Fuerza Publica (National Police) reported on Friday night the finding of the bodies of five people in a patio of a farmhouse located in Monte Plata, in La Cruz de Guanacaste, near the Nicaragua border. According to the first reports, the victims were an...

Man Calls OIJ To Pick Him Up For Murder

Q COSTA RICA - From the strange and pretty rare in Costa Rica, but true department, a man whose conscience got the better of him, on Thursday morning called the OIJ (Judicial Police) to tell them where he was and to come pick him...

The Bodies Keep Piling Up

Q COSTA RICA - Four men were killed on Thursday in a four-hour period in Pavas, Paso Ancho and Tibas, in what authorities believe is pay-back, acts of revenge, linked to organized crime and the illegal drug trade. In Paso Ancho, the bodies were 150...

Police Report The Arrest Of Suspect In The Murder of Frenchwoman In Limon

Q COSTA RICA NEWS - Authorities report the arrest of a 21-year-old man suspected of the murder of Estelle Marie Clare Jeanne, a 50-year-old French hotelier, in the town of Punta Uva. Estelle Marie-Claire Jeanne had been living in the town of Punta Uva for...

A Lover’s Spat Got Gerardo Killed

QCOSTARICA - There is a saying in Costa Rica, "no hay nada oculto entre cielo y tierra" (there is nothing hidden between heaven and earth); the heroic actions of Gerardo Cruz in reporting the street harassment got him killed. But he wasn't killed the uncovering...

Accused in Mataplo Massace Raped The 12 Year-Old Girl Before Killing Her

QCOSTARICA - Before killing the 12 year-old girl, he raped her, is the accusatory evidence presented Monday against Michael Adrian Salmeron Silva, accused of the massacre last February 16, in Matapalo, Guanacaste. The evidence was presented to prosecutor's office to the First Criminal Dristrict Court...

Costa Rican Sentenced To 50 Years In Prison in Guatemala

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rican Alejandro Jiménez González, alias Palidejo, was sentenced Thursday in Guatemala to 50 years in prison for being the mastermind of the attack that killed Argentine folk singer Facundo Cabral. The target of the attack in Guatemala City on July 9, 2011...

Maximum Sentences For Four In Jairo Mora Murder

QCOSTARICA - The maximum prison term was handed down to four individuals for the 2013 murder of an environmentalist Jairo Mora and the rape of four female volunteers who were with him. The decision by the Tribunal Penal de Limon (Limon Criminal Court) came after...

New Trial Opens In Murder of Jairo Mora

QCOSTARICA | After their initial acquittal was overturned, seven men accused of brutally murdering Costa Rican environmental activist Jairo Mora Sandoval and raping four female colleagues went on trial Monday. Mora, 26, was beaten unconscious, tied to a pick-up truck and dragged along a Limon...

A Bloody Weekend: Four Dead and Four Wounded

QCOSTARICA - The second Sunday of the year left four dead and four wounded in separate incidents, in Goicoechea, San Rafael de Heredia, San José and Guácimo. The most bloody was in Ipis de Goicoechea (a highly conflictive area on the east side of San...

Violence Seizes City of Limon

(QCOSTARICA) There men were killed Thursday in the centre of Limon, in less than four hours in two separate incidents. The first murder occurred at 9:30am in La Colina, when several individuals travelling in a vehicle intercepted another vehicle with two individuals and fired on...

Police Have Main Suspect In Brutal Murder Of Entire Family Last Week

(QCOSTARICA) A 37 year old foreign labourer, known locally as "Jairo", was arrested Thursday night as the main suspect in the murder of an entire family last week, confirmed the Ministerio de Seguridad Publica (MSP) and the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ). The man who...

An Entire Family Murdered In Copey de Dota

(QCOSTARICA) Copey de Dota - Police this morning found the hree bodies, the missing members of a family in Copey de Dota, near the house where on Friday afternoon was found the lifeless body of a nine-year old girl. See our report Neighbour Finds...

Neighbour Finds 9 Year Old Girl Murdered and Tied To Bed

(QCOSTARICA) Santa María (Dota) - A neighbour yesterday found the lifeless body of a nine year old girl, blindfolded, hands tied behind her back and a stab wound in the abdomen, confirmed the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ). It was around 3:00pm Friday, when Silvino...

Suspect In Killing and Rape of Two Children Behind Bars

(QCOSTARICA) The 19 year old Upala farm labourer (peon, in Spanish) and prime suspect in the killing of an 11 year old boy and rape of a nine year old girl, will be spending the next six months in preventive detention, as authorities continue...

Woman’s Muder Going To Trial, Finally

QCOSTARICA - Justice in Costa Rica at times moves at a snail's pace. But the case of María Lourdes Dávila Moreno, 26, murdered in a Heredia doctor's office, will finally be going to trial this year, nearly four years after the woman lost her...

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