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Published on Apr 15, 2012
Police in Brazil say three people arrested on suspicion of murdering at least two women have confessed to acts of cannibalism. The accused, a man and two women, allegedly said they belonged to a sect.
Police said the suspects claimed "a voice" had told them to kill. Police found two female bodies buried in the grounds of the house where the suspects lived in the town of Garanhuns, in northeastern Pernambuco state.
Speaking at a news conference, Garanhuns Police Commander Democrito de Oliveira said the three had told police they had eaten the flesh of their victims.
He said the two bodies were identified as those of two women who had been reported missing in Garanhuns earlier this year.
Mr Oliveira said police were investigating whether the suspects could be linked to the murder of another six women in Pernambuco.
He said one of the female suspects had claimed to have used some of the flesh of her alleged victims for making pasties, which she allegedly sold in Garanhuns. Mr Oliveira said the three would be charged with murder, kidnapping, hiding bodies, fraud and offences against public health.