Monday, July 24, 2006

Red Baron's Curse

Daughter jailed as society murder trial shocks Brazil
By Andrew Downie in Rio de Janeiro
(Filed: 24/07/2006)

A descendant of Manfred von Richthofen, the German pilot known as the Red Baron, has been sentenced to almost 40 years in jail in Brazil for bludgeoning her parents to death.
Suzane von Richtofen, the 22-year-old daughter of the great-nephew of the First World War ace, was described in court as "the personification of an evil blonde".
She was convicted along with her boyfriend, Daniel Cravinhos, and his brother Cristian.
All three had taken a cocktail of marijuana, paint-thinner and glue. Prosecuting lawyers argued that the trio killed the couple in order to inherit their estate.
The murders took place in October 2002 but because Brazil's legal system works slowly the trial only took place this week.
The three ransacked the house and stole money in an attempt to make their crime resemble a botched break-in, but police detained Daniel Cravinhos after he paid for a new motorbike in cash the day after the murders.
In a country where elaborate soap operas of evil, sex, and intrigue regularly attract tens of millions of viewers, the trial surpassed anything dreamt up by the nation's scriptwriters.
In one of the most telling moments, television cameras caught one of von Richthofen's lawyers instructing her to cry during a television interview broadcast on the eve of the trial. She also laughed several times during the trial, causing outrage in the packed courtroom.
Daily Telegraph


Blogger Kristen said...

Didn't know that blondes needed an evil mascot, but yeah. If you have to be instructed to cry, you might be evil. Also caught my eye: the name "Cravinhos".

8:48 AM  
Blogger ByronB said...

Cravinhos? Is that significant?

1:34 PM  

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