The head of the serial killer who killed 70 people is still alive after 180 years
180 years after his death a serial killer head still preserved in a jar : It is 180 years old that farmers who came to sell their goods in Portugal’s capital city of Lisbon suddenly started disappearing. All these farmers used to come from the outskirts of Lisbon to sell fruits and vegetables in the market of Lisbon. To reach Lisbon, they used a bridge whose height was about 213 feet.
However, from time to time the police used to find dead bodies of people under that bridge, which the police used to cremate after keeping it for some time. The police thought that the bodies found under the police were of people who committed suicide by jumping off the bridge. In fact, the police also understood a reason for committing suicide. That reason was that from the year 1836, the process of getting these dead bodies had started and about 16 years before this, in the year 1820, there was so much recession in Portugal that even big factory owners had committed suicide.
180 years after his death a serial killer head still preserved in a jar
The condition of the people had not improved even after many years of this recession. The police used to think that even after 16 years, the effect of recession is affecting the farmers, due to which they are committing suicide. Although his relatives who complained to the police insisted to the police that there was no such problem with the deceased and he was happy with his life, but the police remained stereotyped and he was ignoring the words of the family members.
The process of getting dead bodies started in the year 1836 was not stopping. In the years 1837, 1838, 1839 also dead bodies were being found under the bridge. The police never even bothered to get the dead bodies properly examined so that what happened to the person who died before death could be known
It can also be said that at that time science would not have progressed so much that the cause of death could be known. Although there was a doubt in one corner of the mind of the policemen investigating the case that there was no serial killer behind the death of so many farmers, the police insisted on closing the bridge more than investigating the matter.
Finally, in the year 1840, the bridge was closed for movement. With the closure of the bridge, the process of finding dead bodies also stopped. Now the police’s theory has been stamped that people were committing suicide only because of the scarcity. However, this happiness of the police could not last long. When the chain of dead bodies found under the bridge stopped, now the robbery has increased in Lisbon and its surrounding area. Armed robbers would enter people’s homes and then after robbing they would kill and escape.
Many such incidents had put the police in the nose and the police wanted to catch the gang who was carrying out such incidents as soon as possible. The police started laying their net and soon a man of 30 years was caught by the police. During interrogation, he revealed his name to be Diogo Alves, who told him that he was originally from Spain but had come to Lisbon at the age of 19 to find work.
He also confessed that he was carrying out the robbery with his gang. However, the interrogating policemen felt that Diogo was telling only an incomplete truth and that many more secrets were hidden in his mind. The police tightened up with Diogo and when he started opening his mouth, the hands of the policemen who listened to his story went cold.
Diogo told that he was born in the year 1810 in a poor family in Spain. Childhood was spent in very poor conditions. Parents used to make him do petty work and he was not sent to school to study and write. When he turned 19, his father sent him to Lisbon for work. After coming to Lisbon, Diogo started working in people’s homes. Diogo’s mother, whom he was very close to, died a few years after coming to Lisbon.
After the death of his mother, Diogo started drinking and gambling, and during this time he also came in contact with people who used to do petty crimes. He was living a good life even after doing small incidents and he did not even need people to work in homes. Meanwhile, Diogo also met a woman who fell in love with him.
It is said that only after meeting this woman, Diogo enter the world of crime because this woman had told Diogo that crime could earn more money quickly. After this Diogo started looking for a place from where people could be robbed easily and no one could even suspect. Diego’s first job was in a house near the same bridge from which farmers used to move to the city of Lisbon.
As darkness descended, the number of farmers returning to their villages from Lisbon began to decline, and many returned alone when night fell. The thought that came to Diego’s mind was that he would target the farmers returning late at night. He committed his first murder in 1836 when he was 26 years old
Diego would wait for his victim by hiding near the bridge and then snatching his money after capturing him. Diogo used to throw his victim down a 60-meter high bridge so that the person who robbed could not go to the police and he would never be caught. He would have died as soon as he fell from the bridge and Diego would start preparing for the next incident.
From 1836 to 1840, Diego targeted 70 people passing through the bridge, and after plundering, pushed them off the bridge and killed them. Diogo might never have been caught if the bridge had not been closed to the public because of the discovery of dead bodies.
Diogo was sentenced to death for his crime. Diogo was one of the few people to be hanged in Portugal because the death penalty was abolished in Portugal only a few years after Diogo’s death.
After Diogo’s death, his head was cut off and kept in a chemical jar. The reason behind this was that the scientists wanted to read Diogo’s mind. He wanted to know that after all, what is so different in the mind of a serial killer from the common man that he does not even Uff before putting anyone to death.
Even today, Diogo’s head is kept safe in the lab of a university in Lisbon. That is, even after 180 years, you can not only see the face of a serial killer but you can also read it.