A man from Mexico City confessed that he killed, skinned and dismembered his 25-year-old wife, and then discarded his remains, in a crime that sparked outrage between authorities and human rights groups in the capital of Mexico.
Protesters took to the streets after leaking graphic photos of the sculpted body of Ingrid Escamilla Vargas, stripped of his skin, which appeared on the front page of a local tabloid.
Prosecutors will seek maximum punishment for the murder of Escamilla Vargas, the mayor of the capital said on Tuesday, adding that a suspect was arrested for the crime that occurred in an apartment north of the city center over the weekend.
Erik Francisco Robledo, 46, is pictured covered in blood at the time of his arrest on charges of murder and mutilation of his wife, Ingrid Escamilla Vargas, 25, in Mexico City
Robledo (left) claimed that he and Ingrid were fighting when he challenged her to stab him, which he did. So presumably he took the knife and threw it in his throat
The suspect was identified by several media outlets as the victim’s husband, 46, Erik Francisco Robledo.
Photos and videos emerged showing the accused blood-soaked, shirtless murderer reportedly confessing the murder to the police.
Robledo said he had ingested drugs before he and his wife started fighting over drinking.
The suspect reportedly told Ingrid police that he wanted to kill him and challenged her to stab him, which she continued to do three times.
He said he grabbed the kitchen knife from Escamilla Vargas’ hands and threw it into his throat, killing her.
According to her confession, the husband removed the victim’s skin from the face to the knees with the knife, removed intestines, eyes and other organs and threw some remains in the drain because he said he was ashamed to commit the crime.
Robledo would then have called his ex-wife and admitted killing Escamilla Vargas.
The agents who responded to the couple’s apartment found that Escamilla Vargas’ severely mutilated body was lying in a blood-drenched room.
A photograph of the victim appeared on the cover of Pasala, a newspaper that sprays bloody stories and photographs on its front pages, often with salacious headlines.
On the cover was a photograph of Ingrid’s mutilated body, a local tabloid. It was said to have been leaked by officials
The title that accompanies Escamilla’s photograph read: “It was Cupid’s fault”. The Pasala editors did not respond to a request for comment.
The Mexico City prosecutor said Tuesday that he was investigating six public officials to determine who leaked the images.
Some social media users reacted to the bloody photo by publishing photos of Escamilla who showed her smiling and confident, with well-combed hair and bright lipstick.
“Out of respect for you and your family, this is the only way I want to remind you,” wrote a user on Twitter, where #IngridEscamilla and #JusticeForIngrid were trending topics.
Brands to protest violence against women have intensified in recent months (pictured in January 2020)
The National Institute of Mexican Women condemned the publication of photography and crime.
“Mexico is facing a huge challenge regarding violence against women,” the institute said in a statement. “We urge the media to work with rigor and professionalism”.
Brands to protest violence against women have intensified in recent months, with protesters setting fire to government buildings and smearing monuments with graffiti.
An average of 10 women were killed per day in Mexico in 2018, the year with the highest number of murders of women in three decades, according to official data. For women who have suffered violence, over 40% of them have been victims of their partners.
The murder of Escamilla Vargas was a particularly horrific show of brutality in a country accustomed to regular violence.
Milenio Television reported that the victim had filed a domestic violence complaint against her husband several months ago, but later withdrew it.