An unknown serial killer dubbed the ‘Rainbow Maniac’ was reportedly responsible for the murder of 13 homosexual men in a park in Carapicuíba, Brazil. These murders would later be known as the Paturis Park murders with the first murder occurring in July 2007 and the last murder occurring in March 2009.
The victims were aged between 20 and 50 years old, with 12 of the victims being shot in the head and the other victim dying from blows to the head. The victim’s bodies were found in the shrubbery with their pants down around their knees.
Authorities from the São Paulo State Public Safety Department announced that they believed the serial killer could be a police officer.
On the 10th of December in 2008 an ex-police officer turned security guard named Jairo Francisco Franco was arrested after numerous witnesses came forward and said they saw Franco shoot a black gay man 12 times in the park. There was also another witness who said they would often see Franco at the park.
On the 23rd of August in 2011 Jairo Francisco Franco was released after being found not guilty of the murders by a jury who voted 4 votes not guilty to 2 votes guilty.
To this day no one has been found guilty of the murders and there have been suggestions that 3 other murders in the neighbouring city of Osasco may also be connected to the ‘Rainbow Maniac’ due to the similar modus operandi used by the killer.