Pedro Lopez: Monster Of The Andes
Born in rural Colombia in 1949, Pedro was one of 13 children who’s mother was a prostitute. At eight years old, he was kicked out of the house when his mother caught him molesting one of his own sisters. On the streets he easily fell victim to a pedophile who promised him food and shelter. Needing both of what was offered, he went with the man and was raped in an old building.
By middle-adolescence, Lopez had turned to being a car theft, something that landed him in jail at the age of 18. Two days after he started his 7 year sentence, he was gang raped by fellow inmates. Not long after, he killed all four of his attackers. Since it was deemed self defense, only two years was added onto his sentence.
Release in 1978, he embarked on a nomadic career of sadistic murders that would earn him international infamy as possibly the most prolific serial killer of all time. Traveling through Peru, he raped and strangled numerous young girls. Many were snatched from local tribes. He was once caught during the attempted abduction of a young girl. He was caught by the locals and was beaten, tortured and almost burned alive. Lopez was saved by an American Missionary.
He was deported from the country but that didn’t stop his homicidal ways. He simply moved onto Ecuador and Colombia. He was finally caught in 1980 when he tried to lure a 12 year girl from a busy marketplace. Once in custody, Lopez was silent about his crimes, not saying a word. He did finally open up to a cellmate, who turned out to be a Priest in disguise. When he was confronted by the authorities after telling his tales to the Priest, he confessed.
In the two years between his release from prison and his capture, he claimed to have killed 100 girls in Ecuador, the same number in Colombia and many more in Peru. He would search the market places for innocent looking children. Once he found his target, he would lure them away with little gifts. Once he had them in control, he would rape and strangle them at the same time. Watching them die would add great pleasure to what he was doing.
At first the police didn’t believe his claims. The numbers seemed too high but once Lopez lead them to secluded area they changed their minds. They recovered the remains of 53 female victims, ages 8-12. He was convicted in 1980 and is now serving life in prison.