Dismantling the perfect crime

These days I have wanted to measure, more or less, the distance between what was my home for years and the aparthotel at number 36 Camprodon Street. There are no more than 220 meters that can be covered on foot in less than three minutes at a brisk pace. Countless times I passed by there on my walks through the Gràcia neighborhood and how I later avoided the journey after one of the apartments became the scene of a crime that I mistakenly baptized as perfect and that was nothing more than the cruel and ruthless act of a psychopath with the ability to kill to get a few thousand euros to satisfy her overflowing greed.

It was the woman in charge of cleaning an apartment that was rented for days who discovered the lifeless body of Ana María Páez Capitán on the morning of February 21, 2008. The 36-year-old was completely naked on a sofa and had a plastic bag tied to her head with several turns of duct tape. Next to her body, the mossos from the homicide group only found a wig and a pair of high-top black boots. They came to consider death by suffocation during a sexual game. But the thesis collapsed as soon as the police accessed the images of the security cameras of a woman who, pretending to be the victim, extracted money from her account.

Despite the multitude of evidence that the murderer, María Ángeles Molina Fernández, left on the crude and rough path that she traveled in those days, the investigators required several days to close the circle on the suspect. The woman, who had made an appointment with the victim that night and who knew her because she had previously been her employee in a textile company, presented a solid alibi: the same day of the crime she had traveled to Zaragoza to collect her mother’s ashes . Those responsible for the funeral home corroborated this version.


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Over the days, the investigators verified that it was possible to go to Zaragoza, kill Ana, return and recreate a scenario where the murderer wanted to make believe that the victim had a double life and that that night she had had sex with two men. Days before, she hired the services of two gigolos whom she paid to get her semen that they had to put in two pharmacy bottles. With Ana unconscious due to some drug that the autopsy never determined, the murderer spread the prostitutes’ semen through the woman’s mouth and vagina.

If only one of the bank officials had suspected Angi, the murder could have been prevented.

Why did he kill her? Not all crimes have an explanation. On this occasion, Angi murdered Ana out of ambition. The investigation determined that for practically two years, the murderer spoofed the identity of the victim and with her DNI she walked through almost all the banking entities in Barcelona requesting credits that no bank manager had impediments in granting her. Some credits that later became insurance policies.

One of the hardest moments of the trial, in addition to the defendant’s statement coldly denying and almost wincing any link to the crime, was the parade through the bench of the bank officials. Not a single one knew how to answer why they granted those loans and signed those policies without carrying out a single check on the solvency of the woman in front of them and who, moreover, did not look anything like the DNI photograph that she displayed. If only one of them had sounded the alarm, it is possible that Ana María would have been aware of the plot that was being woven around her and would have neutralized the plans of her murderer.

Angi killed Ana for the purpose of collecting the life policies she signed in her name. She had placed a second woman as beneficiary, Susana Bascuñana, who, with certainty, she would later have passed off to enjoy the money.


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Angi fooled everyone for a long time. She tried to cajole the investigators who questioned her the first few times, making them believe that she did not know anything about Ana’s death, with whom she admitted having stayed that night for dinner, but that she did not show up. At that time, the woman had a partner and she had no scruples, when she felt already watched by the Mossos, in hiding the victim’s documentation behind the cistern of a bathroom in her boyfriend’s house. An incriminating envelope, although the investigation later ruled out any connection to him.

Angi murdered Ana moved by a perverse ambition after supplanting her identity for more than two years

Angi’s coldness was demonstrated at the trial and during the first hours at the Les Corts police station, where she arrived worried about how she should dress and put on shoes to spend the first hours in the dungeon. She was outraged when a police officer questioned the authenticity of the collection of luxury handbags in her house and she refused, only to learn that she would end up barefoot, to wear beach flip-flops when she was forced to take off her clogs. wood.


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PHOTO PEDRO MADUEÑO- MARIA ANGELES MOLINA ACCUSED OF HOMICIDE- BARCELONA- 20-2-2012

Dismantling the perfect crime