Cannibal serial killer captured after four months on the run

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WARNING – GRAPHIC CONTENT: A serial killer who drank his victims' blood, and ate their eyes and ears after killing them has been arrested.

Military Police (Brazil's preventive police force) officers captured Djalma Campos Figueiredo, 46, in the city of Cuiaba in the west-central Brazilian state of Mato Grosso on Wednesday.

He had already been sentenced by the Court of Justice of Rondonia in the city of Porto Velho to 42 years in prison for several counts of aggravated murder.

Serial killer Djalma Campos Figueiredo is pictured. He was captured after going on the run for months.
Serial killer Djalma Campos Figueiredo was captured by police after months on the run in Brazil. Source: Newsflash/Australscope

An arrest warrant for a pending sentence of 26 years and four months in prison was issued against him on September 30.

According to the Civil Police (Brazil's investigative police force), the man would eat his victims' eyes and ears, and drink their blood after killing them.

Anonymous tip-off leads police to serial killer

His crimes took place in and around the city of Ji-Parana, also in the state of Rondonia.

It is not clear how many victims the man had.

Military Police officers were able to arrest him after they received an anonymous tip-off that a fugitive was living in Cuiaba's Tijucal neighbourhood.

Only upon arriving on the scene did they realise it was Figueiredo who had until then managed to travel while evading capture by using fake documents.

Officers then handcuffed him and took him to the police station.

The serial killer had previously gone on the run after damaging his ankle tag and he was captured in the city of Ji-Parana in Rondonia State and later sent to prison in 2018.

It is not clear how he managed to escape this time.

– Australscope

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