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I observed his jubilation when asked about his carving of the cadaver. ’ Sagawa also kept a busy schedule, regularly filing movie reviews for Brutus magazine. So when a movie called Foam of Light was released – based on a true story of how Japanese troops in World War II had resorted to cannibalism to survive – a tabloid paid for Sagawa to attend the premiere where, according to Pagnotta, he was treated like Hollywood royalty. The release of Silence of the Lambs inevitably resulted in another surge of interest in the poison dwarf.
While there have been many cases of children who kill, perhaps none has been as instinctively savage and ferocious as that of Santos Godino. The sixth of seven children, Godino was born on 31 October 1896 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Deformed at birth, with saucer-sized ears, a short body and overly long arms and legs, he soon became known as the local neighbourhood freak, dubbed ‘el Petisu Orejudo’, or ‘the short big-eared one’. Godino grew up in the neighbourhood of Parque Patricios. Today, this is a pleasant enough locale of Buenos Aires; trees line the streets among the fairly modest high-rise tenements.
I was sick in bed for four days after I talked to him. He is like a wolf dressed in sheep’s clothing. ’ De Andrade even played a sick joke on the veteran profiler. ‘As soon as he told me that he took the shorts off every child he killed and kept them as trophies he asked me to bring him a gift – a pair of new shorts,’ she said. ‘I’d never give them to him. ’ Unbelievable as it may sound, despite the fact that De Andrade was known to be a merciless killer of children and would in all likelihood kill again if he ever got the chance, security in the first mental institution he was placed in was so lax that he managed to walk out though the front door.