Meet Renato Seabra.
A 22 year-old, Portuguese underwear model.
Seabra is on trial for the murder of his rich, 65 year-old lover, Carlos Castro.
What makes this murder a sensationalized event isn’t the gay lover twist, nor the May – December romance.
It’s the way the murder happened.
Renato Seabra confessed to using a corkscrew to gouge at the face and castrate his rich 65-year-old fashion journalist boyfriend Carlos Castro in a January 2011 attack inside a glamorous New York City hote room.
NYPD detective Ricardo Yanis described to jurors in Manhattan Supreme Court the sickening blood-splattered crime scene at the InterContinental hotel in Times Square, where the bottle opener was found along with a cryptic note.
According to The New York Post, detectives spent 13 hours combing the horrific castration murder scene for evidence and came across the corkscrew laying on a white hotel slipper next to a message, written in Portuguese.
‘Behind… but good person — few times,’ the note read.
Mr Yanis also showed jurors a broken and bloody wine glass they found in the hotel room and described how the crime scene was a mess of blood-soaked towels, discarded laundry and Mr Castro’s testicles.
‘Here you have a white blanket cover, and the black sneakers, and the decedent’s testicle on the white blanket,’ Mr Yanis testified, later pointing out the other testicle, sitting on the carpet next to the room’s bed as if it had been thrown there.
Mr Seabra’s defense lawyers say the carnage is evidence the young model was insane when he struck out, and that statements to a psychologist explain that the 22-year-old thought he was saving his lover by ridding him of the ‘evil’ and ‘demons’ within.
Defense attorneys are arguing the crime was so perverse that the young model was insane when acting out the frenzied attack.
Prosecutors are arguing it was a cold-blooded murder carried out after Castro tried to end the three-month relationship.
The relationship between the two soured when Mr Castro later caught Mr Seabra going out with a group of young women.
On January 7, 2011, tensions came to a head when Mr Seabra and Mr Castro got into a fight over the older man’s plans to send his lover home, thus signalling the end of their whirlwind romance.
Ms Pires (a good friend of Castro’s) told jurors that she spoke to Mr Castro on the morning he died and he said the couple had fought all night and Mr Seabra had declared he was no longer gay.
The prosecution hope to debunk the defense’s claim that Mr Seabra fell into an hour-long psychotic fit when he bludgeoned Mr Castro with a TV, strangled him and then cut off his testicles with a corkscrew while he was still alive.
District Attorney Maxine Rosenthal earlier described Mr Seabra as a hot-headed, gold-digger who realized that his free ride was over and killed Mr Castro out of anger, not insanity.
Defense attorney Rubin Sinins told jurors last week during opening testimony that Mr Seabra had a psychotic fit when he cut off his lover’s testicles and slit his own wrists.
‘He put one [testicle] on each wrist,’ Mr Sinins told the court. ‘He did this for his protection. He could also harness the power.
‘He wandered the streets of Manhattan, touching people, because he had the power to cure people from AIDS, because he had the power to cure them.’
Court papers presented by prosecutors described a statement police said Mr Seabra gave after the January 7 death of Mr Castro while the two were on holiday in Manhattan.
The account depicted an argument in a hotel room that turned vicious and escalated into a prolonged hour-long frenzy, with Mr Seabra first choking his companion, then stabbing him with a corkscrew in his face and groin.
Mr Seabra also admitted to hitting Mr Castro on the head with a monitor and stamping on his face while wearing shoes, the papers said.
After the attack Mr Seabra told police, he showered, put on a suit and left.
The 21-year-old, Mr Seabra, was a contestant in 2010 on a Portuguese television show called A Procura Do Sonho, or ‘Pursuit Of A Dream’, which hunts for modelling talent.
Although he did not win the show, he gained a modelling contract with an agency founded by designer Fatima Lopes, who developed the show and was a judge.
The trial continues on Monday.
This is an absolutely horrific crime.
I don’t even think that Hollywood writers have written anything this hideous.
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