According to the BBC, a security guard in Brazil is said to have confessed to 39 killings but had no particular motive and knew none of his victims, as Wyre Davies reports. The Brazilian police have arrested him and say that the murders occurred over a three-year period.
He was arrested in the central Brazilian city of Goiania by a special police team investigating the murders.
The IB Times states:
“Police said that Gomes da Rocha approached his alleged victims on a motorbike with his face hidden, and that he often demanded valuables from his victims before shooting them and leaving without their possessions. He was arrested Tuesday, after being stopped by police for having a fake number plate on his motorcycle. This led to a search of the home he shared with his mother, where police discovered a .38 revolver, which is thought to be the weapon used in the murders. Gomes da Rocha reportedly confessed to the killings while in custody.”
The BBC: “(Police) said Thiago Henrique Gomes da Rocha – who approached his alleged victims on a motorbike with his face hidden – was cold but driven by rage. Police said he often demanded valuables from his victims before shooting them with a .38 handgun and leaving without their possessions. Police said the 26-year-old man targeted homeless people, women and homosexuals.”
A police official who had been present at the interrogations told a Brazilian TV channel the killer called his victims by the numbers 1 to 39. “We have been shocked by his coldness,” the official said.
He never knew those he targeted, police said, and acted out of an inner “fury” that he felt “against everything”, which only subsided when he committed murder. Police said he would feel remorse after killings, which fueled his anger more.
According to Mail Online, the man had a certain way of killing: Prostitutes were stabbed. Homeless men were shot. Gays he choked.
Mail Online: “And young women — the victims he came to savor killing the most — he would shoot in the chest.”
The alleged suspect had also described accurately the locations of each murder and the emotions he had felt at the time, and police said he fired on his victims while cruising the streets.
Investigators said they were sifting through evidence, including closed-circuit TV footage, and had seized weapons and stolen license plates from his grandmother’s home.