Three prostitutes killed in a few hours in Rome. It’s a serial killer hunt

Rome. Three murders in less than two hours, fear in the capital. It’s a hunt for the serial killer who yesterday morning, after having massacred two Chinese women in Prati with stab wounds, allegedly committed the third crime. Victims were two Asian prostitutes in via Augusto Riboty 28, a few steps from the courthouse in piazzale Clodio, and a 65-year-old Colombian, Marta Castan Torres, in via Durazzo 38, at «Delle Vittorie». Same weapon, a knife with a long, sharp blade, same neighborhood, Prati, a few tens of minutes away from each other. The context in which the murderer acts is identical, the world of prostitution.

The first crime was discovered at 10.40 yesterday by a tenant who climbs the stairs from the ground floor to hang out the laundry. Completely naked, the woman, in her forties, was lying on the first floor landing in a pool of blood. It is the caretaker who calls 112 and when the cars arrive on the spot, inside the two-room apartment the agents discover the second body, a young woman, also Chinese, lying on the ground. On her chest numerous knife wounds. At home there are no documents of the two who, for hours, remain nameless. The murderer, after having killed the first prostitute, would have lashed out against the other woman. The poor thing tries to escape but, just outside the apartment, she is reached and killed. In the building, no one would have noticed anything. According to the coroner, the two died within seconds: the stab wounds, in the chest and abdomen, are all lethal. The forensic surveys begin, the men of the mobile team interrogate possible witnesses, the footage from the cameras placed in the street is seized. It’s past midday, the area is closed to traffic, there is a crowd of reporters and onlookers in front of the door.

At 13 the intervention for a third victim, a little further on, in a basement less than a kilometer away. She is the sister of the South American, trans, to make the macabre discovery. A 65-year-old woman, also a prostitute, pours onto the floor. “Here at night there is a coming and going of men – say the residents -, they are on the phone then someone opens the door and they enter. We talked about it in the condominium assembly, we can’t take it anymore ». Same story for the accommodation in via Riboty where the two Chinese townspeople, who shared it with fellow countrymen, received customers. One of them, probably a regular, is the killer. In fact, the police are analyzing the telephone traffic on the victims’ cell phones to trace the last appointment of the two. Mouths sewn on the traces left in the house by the killer.
It is important to establish the exact time of the murders in order to “skim” the (many) people filmed by video cameras on the two streets. Not only. The investigators are also working on a list of suspects, offenders already involved in bloody crimes in which the victims are all foreigners. So much so as to verify the alibi of some, such as the killer of a 40-year-old Chinese woman, Xiao Zhu Wu, a masseuse who disappeared and was later found with her throat cut and torn to pieces on Capocotta beach back in 2001. Giuseppe Nastasi, 40 years old at the time, in 2002 is sentenced to 30 years in prison for aggravated voluntary homicide. But his mental condition, he is a very violent borderline psychopath, sets him free. He points to a personality like that of Donato Libra, the recently deceased serial killer of prostitutes, sentenced to 13 life sentences for 17 crimes.

Three prostitutes killed in a few hours in Rome. It’s a serial killer hunt