Juan Ignacio Blanco  


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A.K.A.: "The Monster of Palermo"
Classification: Homicide
Characteristics: Juvenile - Mentally unstable
Number of victims: 1 - 2
Date of murders: March 23, 1990 / February 5, 1992
Date of birth: September 3, 1974
Victims profile: Santina Renda, 6 / Maurizio Nunzio Renda, 8
Method of murder: Beating with an iron bar / Strangulation with a wire
Location: Palermo, Italy
Status: Sentenced to 29 years in prison

Santina Renda disappeared as she was playing with other children in the neighborhood where she lived with her family. Vincenzo Campanella, a 17-year-old cousin of Santina’s with mental problems, confessed that he had hidden Santina’s body, after she had died in a motorbike accident caused by him. But then he retracted his confession.

Two years later, on February 5, 1992, an 8-year-old cousin of Santina’s, Maurizio Nunzio Renda, disappeared. His body was found the same day; he had been beaten to death with an iron bar. Vincenzo Campanella, after confessing his guilt, was tried summarily and sentenced to 29 years in prison. He was not given a life sentence because he was considered mentally unstable. Santina has never been found.




                      Santina Renda, 8.                                 Nunzio Renda, 6.



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