Category: Serial Killers
Date: 1992 - 1999
Crime: In 1999, 'La Bestia'(The Beast) admitted to the rape and murder of 140 boys between the ages of 6 and 16. He has been convicted of 138 additional murders is still under investigation for at least 34 more victims based on evidence and skeletal remains found throughout Columbia.
Biography: Born on January 25th, 1957 , La Bestia is the oldest of seven brothers. His childhood was ruled by his father, subsequently described as both physically and emotionally abusive. Further, during his trial, Garavito described being sexually abused when he was a young boy, but didn't name the perpetrator.
Further details of his early life are sketchy at best, however, the details surrounding his maniacal killings is frightening. He lured children to trust and accompany him through offers of money for odd jobs, candy or drugs. All of the children were tied up, viciously tortured, raped and were eventually killed by having their throat slashed and many were decapitated completely. Garavito has accurately directed police investigators to the graves of more than 170 victims, encompassing large parts of Columbia. Investigators believe that Garavito is responsible for more than 300 deaths during the years prior to his capture.