Category: Serial Killing
Location: South America
Date: 1977 - 1980
Crime: Known as 'The Monster of the Andes', accused of killing more than 300 girls across South America. In 1983 was convicted of murdering 110 girls in Ecuador, but later confessed to killing more than 240 others in Peru and Columbia. Incredibly, he was released from Ecuadorian prison after only 14 years and extradited back to Columbia. There he served just 3 years in a Columbian mental institution before being released and 'The Monster' has since disappeared.
Biography: Pedro Alonzo Lopez was one of thirteen children, born to a prostitute in Santa Isabel, Columbia. Early indications of his future occurred when he was eight years old and he was caught fondling his younger sister. He was kicked out of the family home, only to be taken in by a pedophile who repeatedly abused and sodomized him. Eventually he escaped that existence, but by the age of eighteen he was in trouble with the law, jailed and suffered a gang rape at the hands of a group of hardened criminals in the prison. Lopez claims to have exacted revenge by killing three of the rapists while he was incarcerated. Shortly after his release from prison, he began preying on young girls in Peru. It is believed that within a year he had claimed over 100 victims. It was then that he was caught by a native tribe that demanded his execution. He was saved by an American missionary who persuaded them to release him into the custody of the state police. Wanting nothing to do with him, the Peruvian police released him under the condition that he return to Columbia, however, Lopez first went to Ecuador to continue his killing spree. Lopez was eventually arrested, convicted and ultimately released and his whereabouts to this day are unknown.