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Name Daniel Camargo
Alias Daniel Camargo Barbosa (birth name)
The Sadist of Chanquito
Gender Male
Birth Date January 22, 1930
Place of Birth Colombia
Date of Death November 13, 1994
Place of Death Ecuador
Job Street vendor
Pathology Serial Killer
Serial Rapist
Signature Post-mortem undressing
Modus Operandi Varied
No. of Victims 72-150+
Status Deceased (murdered)

"I like hurting people."

Daniel Camargo, a.k.a. "The Sadist of Chanquito", was a prolific Colombian serial killer and rapist. His murders coincided with those of another Colombian prolific child killer, Pedro López.

Background Edit

Camargo's mother died while he was still a child and his father was emotionally distant. As a result, Camargo was raised by his stepmother, who abused him frequently, preferably by dressing him in girls' clothing and making him a victim of bullying. He was first arrested on May 24, 1958, for petty theft. Camargo married a woman named Alcira and had two children with her. However, he became romantically involved with another woman named Esperanza. Camargo planned to marry her but found out that she was not a virgin.

Crimes, Arrest, and Death Edit

With the help of Esperanza, Camargo began to lure young girls to his apartment, drugging them, and then raping them. There were five victims in total but none of them were killed. The fifth victim later reported Camargo and Esperanza to the police and they were arrested. Camargo was initially sentenced to three years in prison, but this was increased to eight years by another judge. He served his full sentence and was released. In 1973, he was arrested in Brazil for illegal immigration and was deported to Colombia. In Colombia, Camargo began to work as a street vendor, selling television monitors. He later raped and killed a nine-year-old female student. Camargo was arrested on May 3, 1974, when he returned to the crime scene to recover the television screens that he had left beside the victim. He was convicted of murder and was initially sentenced to 30 years in prison, but the sentence was reduced to 25 years. Ten years later, Camargo escaped from the Gorgona prison in a boat after he studied the ocean currents. Authorities believed that he died at the sea and the press reported that he had been eaten by sharks.

In reality, Camargo arrived in Quito, Ecuador, unscathed and then traveled to Guayaquil. On December 18, 1984, Camargo abducted another nine-year-old girl and killed her; another girl was reported missing the next day. He went on to commit at least 54 rapes and murders between 1984 and 1986. Authorities initially believed that the crimes were the work of gang members. Camargo was eventually arrested on February 26, 1986, by two policemen after he killed a girl named Elizabeth and robbed her of her clothes. He was taken into custody and moved to Guayanil for identification. He was later identified by one of his rape victims. In prison, Camargo confessed to killing 72 girls in Ecuador following his escape from prison. He was convicted in 1989 and sentenced to sixteen years, the maximum sentence available for murder in Ecuador. While serving his sentence, he met fellow serial killer Pedro López. Camargo was eventually murdered in prison by another inmate, Geovanny Noguera, who was the nephew of one of his victims.

Modus Operandi Edit

Camargo targeted young lower-class girls. He would approach them, pretending he was a foreigner who needed to find a Protestant pastor in a church located on the outskirts of town to deliver money. He also showed a large sum of money to them and implied he would hire them. He would then offer a reward to the girls if they would show him the way to the church, such as money, candy, or pens. They would enter the woods under the pretense that they were looking for a shortcut. There, Camargo would rape the girls before killing them in a variety of ways, such as strangling, stabbing and hacking, slashing, or crushing with a machete. After killing them, he would leave their bodies to be eaten by scavengers and occasionally steal their clothes to sell them. Camargo stated that his favorite victims were virgins because they cried and this gave him greater satisfaction.

Known Victims Edit

  • Unspecified dates 1964: Five unnamed girls (all raped only)
  • Unspecified date in 1973: Unnamed girl, 9
  • Unspecified date in 1974: Unnamed girl, 9
  • Unspecified dates to 1984 from 1986: At least 54 unnamed girls (all raped and killed by various causes)
  • February 26, 1986: Elizabeth (surname unrevealed; killed by unknown causes)
  • Note: Camargo is also suspected of being responsible for the deaths of more than 80 girls in Colombia.

Notes Edit

  • Per Spanish naming customs, Colombian people have two last names. The first surname is the first of the father, and the second surname the first of the mother. In most cases, the paternal surname (Camargo in this case) is the only one used in daily life.

On Criminal Minds Edit

Camargo is similar to prolific serial killer Thomas Yates. Both targeted women, had mothers who died when they were young, were abused by maternal figures (Yates was abused by his grandmother; Camargo was abused by his stepmother), and were forced to wear girl's clothing as part of their abuse. His childhood abuse may have also provided some inspiration for Adam Jackson.

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