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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
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.