Criminal chronicles (31): “The crime of Can Planes”

In general, there is a group of crimes that occur as a consequence of acts of theft, both of jewelry and money, but it is well understood that the desire for robbery does not include murder and that this usually occurs when there is resistance from the victim in their defense, so that, ultimately, the thieves try not to commit murders if they are not strictly necessary, since if they are located the penalties are reduced.


This murder of a woman is part of several other murders committed by the same character, but which was discovered by the murderer’s own statements, which otherwise would have remained unresolved, as in many cases.

How were the facts?

A murderer entered the room of a sleeping woman, raped her, and murdered her.

When were they produced?

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Specifically, on July 19, 1967, in a country house in Sant Jordi on the island of Ibiza.

Who were the characters?

– The victim a French tourist, student, named Margaret Helene Boudrie, 21 years old.

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– His companion, the American Jules Morton.

The murderer:

Manuel Delgado Villegas, known as “El Arropiero”, a character without a job, who wandered around different parts always on the lookout for a scapegoat.

What was the situation of the characters?

Both characters were enjoying vacations and were tourists, although Jules was married, a medical student, and 30 years old.

Margaret was a 21-year-old student.

Manuel Delgado Villegas was born in Seville (although there are those who assign him Puerto de Santa María in Cádiz) in 1943 and had suffered mistreatment as a child.

Their mother died in childbirth and their father left them in the hands of their grandmother. He lived in the slum area of ​​the city, in poor and humble houses and as a child he was dedicated to selling rice.

He suffered from dyslexia and stuttering. He was a legionnaire and later visited different countries, wandering and begging, although he worked as a pimp and hustler in the slums of Barcelona.

How did the events happen?

Both Jules Morton and Margaret had been partying at Lola’s and had taken a few doses of LSD and, returning from the party, they went to Cant Jordi to a house that Jules already knew and knew was uninhabited. By a rope they climbed through a skylight and stayed in the room until, after more things, they fell asleep. The next morning Jules woke up, got out of bed and went looking for his apartment.

However, he did not realize that he left the door open, so unlucky that Manuel Delgado was lurking there that, by chance, he noticed the fact of the door and entered the room, waking up Margaret and raped her and then he suffocated her and stabbed her with a knife or razor, leaving her dead, and taking 8,000 pesetas, a gold chain and several 100-franc bills.

Manuel Delgado left the island and disappeared for a few years.

For his part, Jules, upon arriving home, realized that he had left his passport in Cant Jordi and returned to find the victim in bed dead.

The facts were known and, from the existing clues, it was learned that both had arrived at that house, from the directions of a taxi driver who had transported them there.

However, in the depositions, Jules denied having any part in the murder.


Jules Morton was arrested and spent in a preventive situation until 1968, when a jury acquitted him of the crime and he was released, since it could not be proven that he was the murderer and it was decided that the young woman had died of respiratory arrest due to excess of drug consumed.

However, three and a half years later, Manuel Delgado is arrested in Cádiz, accused of having murdered his girlfriend Toñi and there, during the interrogation, he began to recount the murders he had committed, listing them one by one until he reached more than forty. and from them the one of Ibiza arose.

In order to verify this, he was transferred to the scene where El Arropiero clearly identified the place, even giving clear signs of recognition.


Manel Delgado was admitted to the Modelo Prison and remained there for many years, due to the fact that the file was lost administratively, until in 1977 an attempt was made to hold a trial, which was dismissed due to the mental illness he suffered and in the year In 1978 he was admitted to the Carabanchel Penitentiary Hospital.

Subsequently, he was released for having been imprisoned for more than 25 years and in 1996 he was transferred to the Santa Coloma de Gramanet sanatorium under an open regime and without bars.

He died two years later, on February 2, 1998 of a lung infection at the Can Ruti Hospital in Badalona at the age of 55, due to the negative influence of tobacco use.


*** Manuel Delgado Villegas has been one of the biggest serial killers, since more than 48 deaths declared by him are applied to him (although it is assumed that some were invented), which he even recounted and although 22 murder summaries were followed, only eight were they closed.

*** The events in Ibiza did not have a great impact and relevant news and information was not provided in any media in the case at hand.

*** Among many aspects of his personality, it was learned that he had the XYY chromosome, called Lombroso or Criminality.

*** In addition, in the legion he learned and practiced the so-called “Golpe del Legionario”.

*** He suffered from the defect of anaspermatism, for which he had sexual intercourse without ejaculation.

*** The medical report described him as suffering from oligophrenia.

*** On television in the Código Uno program he was offered an interview.

*** There is a documentary about him made in 2008, directed by Carlos Balagué.

*** On the Crime Channel TV platform. The history of this predator is also narrated.

*** There is a different bibliography and articles on this character considered the greatest serial killer in the history of Spain.

*** A book was published in 2021 by American Book Group, in the Criminal Mind series, titled: Manuel Delgado Villegas. El Arropiero: A necrophiliac psychopath.

*** There were many newspapers, magazines and information articles, including foreign ones, that dealt with the subject of this character.

Criminal chronicles (31): “The crime of Can Planes”