Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Esther Acosta Cuba, Serial Killer – Argentina & Paraguay, 2015

In early September 2020 Esther Acosta Cuba (39) was arrested at Caazapá, Paraguay on the charge of murdering her niece, Emilia Beatriz Acosta López (20), in the Flores neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina in March 2015. The motive was theft of money and jewelry. The woman’s body was discovered by her Bolivian boyfriend. Emilia had been strangled. Police looked at footage from security cameras, allowing them to identify the perpetrator. She was soon arrested, yet escaped from the Argentine prison where she was serving time. She went underground, sheltered in Ciudad del Este, by several drug traffickers, however, she made sporadic visits to her mother's house located in the Sagrado Corazón de Jesús.  It was in her mother’s home that police finally located the fugitive.

Previous to the murder of her niece for which she is accused, Esther Acosta Cuba had already been convicted of two homicides. in 2001, in the city of San Lorenzo she was convicted of a robbery-murder of a veteran of the Chaco War, fought between Bolivia and Paraguay in 1932-35 over control of the northern part of the Gran Chaco region. For this crime Ms. Cuba was imprisoned for 6 years, and was released on parole. was convicted of manslaughter, death in a traffic accident, was sentenced to two years, but was given a suspended sentence.

[Source: Antonio Caballero, “Crimen en Argentina: Detienen en Caazapá a mujer que supuestamente mató a su sobrina,” Suceso Radio & TV, Sep. 9, 2020]

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CHRONOLOGY

2001 – murder committed during San Lorenzo, Paraguay, sentenced to 6 years.

Mar. 26, 2001 – "El Buen Pastor" women's penitentiary in Asunción.

May 11, 2006 – released from prison Paraguay.

Feb. 19, 2008 – convicted of manslaughter, death in a traffic accident, was sentenced to two years, but was given a suspended sentence.

Mar. 3, 2015 – Murders Emilia Beatriz Acosta López, 20 (daughter of the brother of the apprehended) niece; Flores neighborhood, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2016 – Esther Acosta Cuba was arrested, but managed to escape from a prison in Argentina and hid in Ciudad del Este, protected by several drug traffickers, however, she made sporadic visits to her mother's house located in the Sagrado Corazón de Jesús. 

Sep. 9(?), 2020 – arrested at Caazapá, Paraguay.

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