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Bones found at mur­der site

Toñi, Miriam and Désirée were ab­ducted, tor­tured and mur­dered in Al­càsser in Spain's most sadis­tic peace­time crime

- By Sa­man­tha Kett skett@cb­

Bones found in com­mon grave of teenage rape vic­tims

HU­MAN bones have been found in a pit where three teenage girls were shot dead 27 years ago af­ter be­ing raped and tor­tured for over 24 hours in cap­tiv­ity.

Four bones were dis­cov­ered by hik­ers in the pit near the Tous swamp when they vis­ited it out of cu­rios­ity fol­low­ing a con­tro­ver­sial Net­flix doc­u­men­tary about one of the most bru­tal murders in post-war Spain.

They were taken to the Guardia Civil in Oliva and passed onto foren­sics, who con­firmed they were hu­man.

At­tempts to ex­tract DNA from them in Madrid have so far failed, but it is pos­si­ble they may be­long to one of the fourth-for­m­ers who went out club­bing in the win­ter of 1992 and never re­turned.

So far, it has been dis­cov­ered the bones are from feet, al­though the age and sex of the per­son or per­sons have not been de­ter­mined.

If it does tran­spire they be­long to the tragic young­sters, the case may be re­opened.

In a lat­est twist, Juan Ig­na­cio Blanco - the re­porter and self-styled crim­i­nol­o­gist who ac­com­pa­nied Miriam's fa­ther Fer­nando Gar­cía on sev­eral con­tro­ver­sial TV talk shows – died yes­ter­day aged 63.

Blanco had been con­victed of li­bel for his pub­lic ap­pear­ances and a book he pub­lished banned from sale.

Shortly af­ter the trial in early 1998, Blanco re­leased the book ¿Qué pasó en Al­càsser? ('What hap­pened in Al­càsser?') and was sued by Désirée's mother as it con­tained pho­to­graphs of the young­ster's post­mortem with­out the fam­ily's permission.

These pic­tures have found their way onto the in­ter­net and the book is still mak­ing back-door sales.

Extreme tor­ture, rape and am­pu­ta­tion

Spain was left reel­ing af­ter the mu­ti­lated bod­ies of Toñi, Miriam and Désirée, aged 14 and 15, were found in a shal­low grave in the La Ro­mana area days af­ter they had dis­ap­peared with­out trace.

The teens had been ab­ducted by to­tal strangers when hitch-hik­ing on their way to a night­club – a prac­tice that was not un­com­mon in 1992, con­sid­ered safe, and was even sanc­tioned by their par­ents.

They were taken to an aban­doned coun­try house and gang-raped for 24 hours, beaten and mu­ti­lated be­fore be­ing forced to walk into their own com­mon grave and shot in the head.

Toñi's arm was sawn off above the el­bow when she was still alive and, tied up and gagged, was beaten and blud­geoned for an­other hour as she lay on her two friends' bod­ies.

Miriam and Désirée had been shot in the head, and Toñi was killed the same way an hour later.

An­other of the girls had a nip­ple ripped off with pli­ers whilst con­scious, and all three had been sex­u­ally-as­saulted with very large and in some cases, ex­tremely sharp ob­jects thrust into both ori­fices.

The DNA, in­clud­ing sperm and pu­bic hair, of seven men was found in­side their anuses and near their ovaries, but only two peo­ple were found guilty – An­to­nio Anglés and Miguel Ri­cart, both in their 20s.

Half-Brazil­ian Anglés re­port­edly fled on a Portsmouth ferry from Lis­bon be­fore tak­ing an­other ship to Ire­land, but is be­lieved to have flung him­self over­board and drowned when he thought po­lice had caught up with him.

Ri­cart was sen­tenced to 170 years in jail, but re­leased in No­vem­ber 2013.

'Scape­goats' for ' high-pro­file fig­ures': Spec­u­la­tion con­tin­ues

Con­spir­acy the­o­ries still abound over the most blood­thirsty and sadis­tic case ever seen in Spain in peace­time.

Res­i­dents across the re­gion, even the girls' sur­viv­ing par­ents – and po­lice of­fi­cers speak­ing off the record – in­sist Anglés and Ri­cart were scape­goats and may have been paid off to take the blame.

Spec­u­la­tion re­mains rife among all these par­ties that the rapists and killers were in fact such high-pro­file fig­ures that they could not be named for fear of scan­dal, and that they had com­mis­sioned the kid­nap of ran­dom young girls to in­dulge their sa­tanic and sadis­tic sex­ual fetishes and even to cre­ate home-filmed snuff movies.

Such fig­ure­heads are de­scribed as pos­si­bly top busi­ness­men, politi­cians or peo­ple high up in the Catholic Church.

One now-retired Guardia Civil of­fi­cer is re­puted to have said that when the crime ex­pires un­der the statute of lim­i­ta­tions, 'peo­ple will start to open up'.

Some ques­tion why Anglés was able to skip the coun­try with­out be­ing found, and con­jec­ture is rife that he may be alive and liv­ing some­where with a new iden­tity.

Ri­cart, hounded on his re­lease from jail, shouted out that he was in­no­cent and the case was 'not what it seemed'.

The trauma brought on by the cir­cum­stances of their daugh­ters' deaths led to one of the moth­ers and one of the fa­thers dy­ing from can­cer within two years of the bod­ies' discovery.

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 ?? Photo EFE ?? De­siree´s fu­neral
Photo EFE De­siree´s fu­neral

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