Christopher Szczepanik found dead

They finally found Christopher Szczepanik’s body. He had been missing with his parents, Jaqueline and Vanderlei, from Nebraska for almost two years. The family were missionaries from Brazil who were renovating an old school to turn it into a missionary training center for a Florida-based church. The police believe three of Vanderlei’s employees killed the Szczepaniks for money. One of the suspects is not in custody; he’s somewhere in Brazil and they’re trying to find him and extradite him for trial.

Both of Christopher’s parents’ bodies are still missing and may never be found.

I just don’t get it how people can be so cruel and heartless. Three people killed in cold blood, people who had done nothing. Especially the little boy. He was all of seven years old. And it sounds like such a nice family they were. I have read a lot of terrible things but this bit of news turned my stomach:

In a court hearing, a detective detailed a savage, methodical attack in which three men jumped their boss, Vanderlei Szczepanik, beating him to death with a bat and metal rod.

The detective also testified that Jaqueline Szczepanik watched as her husband died — then had to wait minute after agonizing minute, perhaps an hour or more, for her and her son to meet the same fate.

And for the first time, testimony revealed the cause of death of Jaqueline and Christopher: hanging.

[…]

The hanging apparently rendered the boy unconscious but did not kill him, Goncalves told police. The boy’s heart was still beating rapidly after the men cut him down.

I have nothing else to say about this.

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One thought on “Christopher Szczepanik found dead

  1. Justin October 20, 2011 / 9:37 pm

    To quote Joseph Conrad:

    “The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.”

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