“Brutal pact”: 10 facts about the cruel murder of actress Daniella Perez, reconstructed in the HBO Max documentary

July 21 hbo max premiered the documentary: “Brutal pact: the murder of Daniella Perez”. Directed and written by Tatiana Issa and Guto Barra, the five-episode production reconstructs in detail the events and the trial of the case that shocked Brazil at the end of 1992.

Guilherme de Pádua in January 1997, during the trial for the murder of Daniella Perez.

In December 1992, the actress and dancer Daniella Perez was killed by Guilherme of Padua and his wife, Paula Thomas, in a cruelly premeditated crime. The untimely death of the 22-year-old shocked the country. The murder of Daniella, daughter of the Brazilian author and producer Gloria Perez, winner of the International Emmy, gained notoriety and occupied the front pages of national newspapers for years.

The murder of Daniella Pérez was one of the most brutal and infamous cases in Brazil. The entire country stopped in shock. It turns out that I was very close to everything, she worked with her husband at the time, and I went to her funeral that horrible night. But furthermore, that story is a very important story that must be told, finally, as it really happened, based on the real facts and not on all the lies and multiple versions that were perpetuated by all those who surrounded this case, because of the approach sensationalist of the media of the time, etc. It is very important and necessary to tell that story to the new generations and question so many things that were done wrong over these 30 years.”, declared Tatiana Issa in an interview with Nevertheless From Brazil.

30 years later

After three decades, Gloria Perez pick up in “Brutal pact: the murder of Daniella Perez”, the search for the truth behind the murder of his daughter. The author shares her experience after the crime that changed her life and the struggle in which she has been the protagonist in search of a justice that never came. The documentary presents in unpublished records, the details of the investigations and the trial of this case of doubly qualified homicide.

Daniella Perez with her mother Gloria Pérez, when nothing foreshadowed that the actress could be killed by her soap opera partner.
Daniella Perez with her mother Gloria Pérez, when nothing foreshadowed that the actress could be killed by her soap opera partner.

As we see in the documentary, Gloria sought out witnesses, identified evidence and helped expose the mistakes of the Brazilian authorities. Her participation was essential for the resolution of the case, in addition to having left a legacy when she managed to change Brazilian legislation, including aggravated homicide within atrocious crimes.

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For the director and screenwriter Guto Barra, the production of true crime contributes to clarifying this tragedy that marked Brazil. “Through a thorough investigative work, we bring to light the barbarity of the crime, with information that was not revealed at the time of the murder.According to Tatiana Issa, who directed and worked with Guto, “the case of Daniella Perez inspires many feelings and her documentary portrait reveals not only Daniella as an artist, daughter and wife, but also the deficiency of the Brazilian legal system”.

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The documentary series brings never-before-seen accounts from Daniella Perez’s closest family and friends, who fondly remember the artist and offer their perspectives and memories of the tragedy. Among them are the widower of the actress Raul Gazola and other Brazilian actors, such as Claudia Raia, Fábio Assumpção, Maurício Mattar, Cristiana Oliveira and Eri Johnson.

Daniella Perez and her husband Raúl Gazolla, in 1992.
Daniella Perez and her husband Raúl Gazolla, in 1992.

The reconstruction of the case also includes testimonies from key players in the process, such as the prosecutor (Piñero Filho), the main witness (Antonio Curado), journalists who interviewed the murderers (Luciléia Cordovil, Elsa Boechat), specialists in psychopathic personalities (Ana Beatriz Barbosa and Ilana Casoy) and other related professionals and authorities.

Raúl Gazolla at the wake of her husband Daniella Perez.
Raúl Gazolla at the wake of her husband Daniella Perez.

10 facts around the murder

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Globe Youth Star

Daniela Perez It was in 1992, a very beloved young actress from Globo. At 22 years old, she had already been part of four soap operas, three of them from the powerful Globo. In 1992, the year of her death, she played Yazmin in “Body and Soul (De Corpo e Alma)”. Dancing, moreover, was one of his great passions. For this year, the call “Novia en Brasil”, a title won by Regina Duarte, had already married fellow actor Raúl Gazolla.

Raul Gazolla with Daniella Perez.
Raul Gazolla with Daniella Perez.

In the soap opera of the moment

Of Body and Soul” is a telenovela produced by Globo and broadcast from August 3, 1992 to March 5, 1993 throughout 185 chapters. It starred Tarcísio Meira, Cristiana Oliveira, Victor Fasano, among others.

In the plot, Daniella’s killer, Guilherme de Pádua played the character Bira, with whom Yasmin had an affair. During the period in which the crime was being clarified, the authors Leonor Bassères and Gilberto Braga gave both characters a different end than they had intended.

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last day of recording

On the afternoon of December 28, Daniella and Guilherme recorded a scene in which the couple ended their love story. Fearful for no longer being part of the success of Globo, several witnesses revealed that they had seen the actor crying and asking the actress to intercede for him and ask her mother not to remove him from the soap opera.

Guilherme’s fear was confirmed by him in the trial against him and by his wife Paula Thomaz.

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Guilherme and Paula’s plan

Armed with a sheet and a pillow, Guilherme and Paula left the building in a Volkswagen Santana owned by her father, heading to Tycoon studios, where Daniella was still recording. After arriving at the scene, Paula remained inside the vehicle, lying in the back seat and covered with the sheet, while the actor entered the facilities to finish filming his scenes.

Around 9:00 p.m., once the recordings were over, Guilherme and Daniella took pictures with some fans of the telenovela. In the documentary, one of her said that he noticed Daniella strange that night, and that the actor inspires a lot of mistrust.

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Minutes after this exchange with fans, Daniella went to a gas station. According to witnesses, Guilherme followed her and after blocking her car, he punched her that left the actress unconscious. (the assault was witnessed by two gas station employees).

After this first attack, the murderous couple took Daniella to a vacant lot, where they finally stabbed her 18 times with a weapon that was never found. At the autopsy it was found that the actress suffered 18 stab wounds: 4 in the neck, 6 in a lung and 8 in the heart (it is unknown if Daniella regained consciousness before or during the stabbing).

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Guilherme and Paula’s authorship would soon be discovered. In this process, it was revealed that the couple had adulterated their car license plate with paint, which later confirmed that everything had been previously planned.

Once discovered, the actor said that Daniella harassed him and that he killed the actress in self-defense. In addition, he claimed that he could thus prove to his wife that he was not unfaithful to her. Later, the murderer changed his version of himself and accused Paula of murdering the victim.

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On December 31, 1992, the couple was jailed. For five years until the day of the trial, Guilherme gave several versions of the murder and although the prosecutor defended his actions, the judge described the crime as “premeditated, violent, perverse and cowardly.” The actor was sentenced to 19 years in prison and Paula to 18 and a half years in prison for qualified homicide.

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Free in less than 7 years

After a measure that causes outrage to this day, the murderous couple was released from prison in 1999 for good behavior. It should be noted that Daniella’s crime did not have a higher penalty because there was no sexual abuse or torture, as determined by the judge and the laws in Brazil.

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The purpose of the documentary

When we began to dive into the materials, it was clear that we wanted to pursue a few goals: to clarify the false narrative that Daniella had been romantically involved with Guilherme, to highlight the important role that Gloria Pérez played in the investigation, and to shed light on how media coverage influenced people’s perception of the case. Our idea was to follow the details of the judicial process against the couple who ended up being convicted of the crime, eliminating all the ‘noise’ created by the strategy of the defense and the media over the years. We never intended to ‘reopen’ the case or dispute the crystal clear verdict in any way. The amount of evidence and witnesses present in the case leave no doubt about the verdict. However, by the time the trial was over, it seemed that the details of the case were ‘old news’. For this reason, we want people to finally understand the circumstances of the case through the open legal case against Guilherme and Paula”, highlighted Guto Barra, scriptwriter of the series.

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30 years later, they are still free

After being released, the couple made their life separately. Paula married and had two children. The child she had in common with the former actor is 29 years old and has no contact with his biological father or his last name. Guilherme, for his part, also got married and became Pastor of an evangelical church.

Daniella Perez’s killer revealed that before he knew the Bible, he tried to talk to Daniella to apologize for taking her life. “To give you an idea, during those early years, I spent nights and nights communicating with Daniella. Apologizing, trying to say something as if she could hear me. Recently, after the broadcast of the HBO Max documentary, the former actor said that it would incite hatred, and apologized. a Gloria Perez and Raul Gazella.

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Daniella’s murderer’s request for forgiveness had negative reactions against him. “Psychopath”, wrote Grazi Massafera and Giovanna Lancellotti, in the comments of an Instagram page, which responded to the former actor’s video. Dancer Brunna Gonçalves also expressed her outrage. “I’m sorry my c*. Unfortunate” , wrote on another page. For presenter Adriane Galisteu, Guilherme should not even be free. “I never had to get out of jail”.

Raul Gazellaalso pronounced: “I beg your pardon. I never forgot the day I was called to the police station, you were there and you crawled towards me. she hugged me crying. And there I saw that I was the worst person in the world.

Likewise, the actress Giovanna Antonelli affirmed that Guilherme de Padua “I should be in the electric chair” a penalty that is not allowed in Brazil.

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“Brutal pact”: 10 facts about the cruel murder of actress Daniella Perez, reconstructed in the HBO Max documentary