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Friday, November 20, 2009


This is totally off topic but it is such a peculiar news story that I felt that we had to comment upon it. Surely this cannot be true? This has to be some kind of legend or folktale because if not, give me an address or telephone number. Oliver and I will have liposuction and end the CFZ financial crisis at a stroke.

'Fat for cosmetics' murder suspects arrested in Peru. Four people have been arrested in Peru on suspicion of killing dozens of people in order to sell their fat and tissue for cosmetic uses in Europe. The gang allegedly targeted people on remote roads, luring them with fake job offers before extracting their fat to sell it for $15,000 (£9,000) a litre.

Other suspected gang members, including two Italian nationals, remain at
large. Read On


Andrew D. Gable said...

Could be a folktale. A few years back, I think around the time the chupacabras stories started in Puerto Rico, Peru had legends of the pishtaco (no, not fish taco), fat-swilling vampires. I'd think this story could be an outgrowth of the pishtaco stories.

Neil A said...

The fat stealers are briefly mentioned in my 'Monster!' book, and can take on the form of a variety of guises from gangsters, to local bogeymen. Quite a common folktale.