Killed For Dancing with The wrong Man
Plutarco Antonio Ruiz murdered his girlfriend for dancing with another man – and slayed her sister, too…
Sofia Trinidad Alvarado and her sister Maria Jose were all dressed up for the party of Sofia’s boyfriend Plutarco Antonio Ruiz.
His birthday party, being thrown at a fancy spa resort in Santa Barbara, Honduras, was the talk of the town.
The two young women were among scores of guests who showed up in November 2014.
Ruiz was known locally as a wealthy drug dealer who could be dangerous – not someone you’d risk offending by turning down an invitation.
In fact, it’s said his family ran a powerful drugs mob – that his own father and brother were murdered by rival gangs.
Despite all this, there was something about Ruiz that Sofia was attracted to. But their relationship had to be kept secret from Ruiz’ family and friends, as he was married with young children, and was under pressure to keep up appearances for his family.
When Sofia, 23, and Maria Jose, 19, arrived at the event, the music was playing and the drinks were flowing.
They quickly got into the party spirit and hit the
He was known locally as a wealthy drug dealer
dance floor. But when Sofia, a primary school teacher, danced with a male guest, it didn’t take long for Ruiz to see red.
The girls left the party shortly after, getting into a car without a licence plate.
It turned out to be the last time they were seen alive…
Next day, the family reported the girls missing, and a police investigation was launched.
It garnered plenty of media attention – not least because Maria Jose was a beauty queen, crowned Miss Honduras.
She was about to represent her country in the Miss World beauty pageant in London.
Days later, Ruiz and three friends were arrested on suspicion of kidnapping.
Police set up border patrols.
Teams of detectives worked to locate the sisters, optimistic of a happy ending.
‘Nobody has asked for a ransom …there have been no bodies found,’ Inspector Vicente
Reyes said. ‘These are strong signs that they are still alive.’
But Honduras has the worst murder rate in the world, and hope soon began to fade.
Sure enough, six days after the women vanished, their bodies were found buried in a riverbank.
Sofia had been shot 12 times, Maria Jose 10 times.
Police charged Ruiz with the murders, claiming he’d admitted his crime and even led them to the grave. But, once in jail, Ruiz insisted he was being framed by detectives.
‘I’m a farmer, I spend my day looking after my cows,’ he told Press. ‘…I will not declare myself guilty… I’m also in mourning for Sofia.’
However, earlier this year, a jury found Ruiz guilty. One motivating factor in the crime was clearly jealousy. His upbringing in a violent family is said to be another.
‘Ruiz is a dangerous narco trafficker and the whole town is frightened of him. Everyone knows what he is capable of,’ Prison Director Isidor Nunes said. ‘He inherited a drugs empire and…is used to getting his own way.’
Journalists have cited the Honduras culture as having helped create a monster.
According to the Honduras Centre for Women’s Rights, every 16 hours a Honduras woman is killed, usually by a man who is known to her.
At time of Press, Plutarco Antonio Ruiz, 34, is awaiting sentence, but could face at least 40 years behind bars.
Honduras has the worst murder rate in the world
The girls’ grieving mum Teresa
Stunning sisters Maria Jose and Sofia
Sister Cory, after identifying the bodies