Martín Del Río, the alleged parricide of Vicente López, presents “traits of a psychopathic personality”, according to different forensic psychiatrists, who argued that this type of person “considers others as objects”, “absolutely lacks empathy” and ” they have an absolute inability to love”, while a well-known criminalist considered that the perpetrator of the double crime wanted to “reassure the fact in any way”.
“With regard to the modus operandi that is known today, it is most likely that the accused has a type of psychopathic personality, of which there are different degrees. But this would be one of the most serious,” he analyzed in dialogue with Télam the forensic psychiatrist Rafael Herrera Milano about Del Río, the main defendant for the murders of his father José Enrique (74) and his mother María Mercedes Alonso (72), committed on August 24 last.
That day, according to the prosecution, Del Río Jr. was recognized by witnesses as the “hooded walker” who was recorded in a series of videos going and returning from the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Núñez to his parents’ house in Vicente López, in the time in which the double murder is believed to have been committed.
“Those who have this type of psychopathic personality do not conceive of the possibility of error in their plans. And if any arise, they can feel capable of solving it. That type of self-knowledge is called ‘reckless security'”Rafael Herrera Milano-forensic psychiatrist
Del Río was also compromised by a series of contradictions that he had when recounting what he did on the day of the event, which, for specialist Herrera Milano, indicates that the accused “always has an answer for everything.”
“Those who have this type of psychopathic personality do not conceive of the possibility of error in their plans. And if one arises, they can feel empowered to solve it. That type of self-knowledge is called ‘reckless security,'” he said.
In addition, Herrera Milano recalled that the defendant accused his parents’ domestic worker, “Nina”, when he was a witness in the case, and that later, once arrested, he blamed the double crime on the real estate agent with whom he had an extramarital relationship. in a handwritten letter.
“Psychopaths have a playful mentality. They try to double down all the time. If they don’t blame the maid, now they do it with their lover. All the time they go for more to reach their goal,” he said. and conceptualized: “All those tools that try to outline this type of personalities are classified as ‘alloplastic defense’, which implies that, in a second, they go from being victimizers to being victims”.
“Psychopaths have a playful mentality. They’re always trying to double down. If they’re not blaming the maid, now they’re blaming their lover. They’re always going for more to get to their goal.”Rafael Herrera Milano-forensic psychiatrist
In this sense, the forensic psychiatrist Blanca Huggelmann, analyzed in dialogue with Télam the particularities of psychopathic personalities, and detailed that in most cases “they do not consider others as people, but as objects.”
“People who have a psychopathic personality disorder objectify the other who does not occupy an important place in their lives, beyond the moment and the circumstances in which they may need it. Psychopathic people have an absolute inability to love. They cannot be put in the place of the other. They absolutely lack empathy. They do not suffer, they make society and others suffer, “said the specialist, who was an expert witness in the cause of the death of Diego Maradona.
Furthermore, Huggelmann added that the more intelligent those who possess this type of personality are, “the more detail-oriented and perfectionist they are in their plans.”
“When a serious psychopath has a problem and sees that something is not working, he seeks to get rid of that problem. He does not regret an action that could have been negative for another person,” said the doctor, who added: “If you are going to leave without options to a psychopath, you have to leave him a minimum possibility of acting because, if not, he can destroy you”.
In turn, the forensic psychiatrist clarified that “it is very likely” that a person may not realize that they have a family member with a psychopathic personality.
“Perhaps you can notice circumstances around the coldness and the use of the other. In how that person seeks to get out of certain problems without putting himself at risk and always putting the other at risk and blaming. What What can happen is that this gaze is minimized and some of these behaviors are endorsed,” he said.
“When a serious psychopath has a problem and sees that something is not working, he seeks to get rid of that problem. He does not regret an action that could have been negative for another person”Blanca Huggelmann-forensic psychiatrist
On the other hand, forensic psychiatrist Herrera Milano affirmed that in the 911 call made by Del Río to say that there was “a problem” in his parents’ house because the employee found them “dead in the garage”, “some typical traits of the psychopath”, since “there is no affective repercussion consistent with what he verbalizes with what he feels”.
“In that situation, the ideo-affective dissociation is very clear. The tone of voice or the cadence with which he recounts the facts is not consistent with what he is transmitting. It would have to be a completely altered call, with a broken voice, in which he cannot give details. But he says it with a supine coldness, which reveals the traits of the psychopath, “he said.
In this regard, the renowned criminalist Raúl Osvaldo Torre -former director of the Special Technical Investigations Service (SEIT), predecessor of the Scientific Police in the Buenos Aires police, and with a long career as an expert witness in resonant cases such as the crime of María Marta García Belsunce or that of Nora Dalmasso-, considered that “the call to 911 is not an element that defines you who is the author of the crime” and recalled the situation of the now acquitted Carlos Carrascosa in that call he made 20 years ago asking for an ambulance when he found to his wife in the bathtub of the country Carmel.
Instead, in this case, Torre preferred to focus on his specialty, the characteristics of the crime scene, on which he analyzed that “the two victims were surprised to be executed from the back seat.”
“In cases of this nature, it is necessary to objectively differentiate the apparent causes from the real causes. It is necessary to see how the family nucleus is constituted, if they are dysfunctional families”Rafael Herrera Milano-forensic psychiatrist
“This indicates two alternatives: either it is someone who knew them previously or someone who surprised them in some way. Three shots go towards the man, who apparently was a greater danger for the murderer. Instead, the woman, only has one shot It is evident that whoever committed the act wanted to reassure his result,” he considered.
However, Torre expressed that “we must be careful with the case”, since it is still not known with what model of pistol the act was committed. “From the study of the striae, the brand and model of the weapon can be determined. Ballistics should indicate if the projectiles were launched through a Bersa, like the one that Del Río supposedly had,” warned the forensic investigator.
Finally, regarding the possibility of a parricide, the psychiatrist Herrera Milano assured that “no child kills their parents only for money.”
“In cases of this nature, it is necessary to objectively differentiate the apparent causes from the real causes. It is necessary to see how the family nucleus is constituted, if they are dysfunctional families. Also check if there is any undiagnosed pathology in the suspects. The genesis of a parricide can be multidimensional,” he concluded.