Dorancel Vargas Gomez – The Hannibal Lecter of the Andes – Man Eater


Dorancel Vargas Gomez – The Venezuelan Man-Eater

In September, 2006, a Chilean reporter working for a local TV channel traveled to San Cristobal, Venezuela, to interview Dorancel Vargas Gomez, a man that at present is jail after having been accused of killing at least 20 men.

Dorancel Vargas GomezDorancel has been diagnosed as a “paranoid psychopath” by psychiatrists that have examined him and so there is a dispute whether he is a criminal or a mentally ill person.

Dorancel Vargas Gomez was raised in a peasant family that lived in a border area with Colombia. Due to his strange behavior, the family believed that Dorancel was possessed by “evil spirits”. Most of his family are members of a guerrilla group known as “Venezuelan Liberation Forces”, that controls the jungle area where they live, and it is not clear if Dorancel was also a member of this group in his youth.

At fifteen years of age, Dorancel Vargas Gomez ended up in San Cristobal, one of the main cities in Venezuela, and it seems he began to take drugs and drink heavily. He began to live under an expressway bridge called “Autopista Libertador”, an extremely dark place at night and frequently used by drunkards, drug addicts and beggars as a shelter.

Dorancel Vargas Gomez

During the decade of the 90´s, several people that lived near to the bridge complained to the police that their relatives had gone missing, after which an investigation began.

As there was a bar near the bridge, many drunkards would wander late at night or fall asleep in that place, and this was when Dorancel Vargas Gomez would strike, and kill the people with a bamboo spear. Afterwards Dorancel would dismember the bodies, cut the meat that he wanted, bury the heads in the ground and throw the bones and remains into the river.

In 1995, police began to search the area under the bridge after a brother of one of the missing persons said that he had last seen him drinking and talking to Dorancel . During a search the police found the remains of several men and began to search for Dorancel, that lived in the nearby bushes.

That year during his first TV interview, Dorancel Vargas Gomez stated that “human meat is nice, but I eat all kinds of meat, dog, cats , lizards. I buried the heads and feet and throw the other bones into the river. I also stored some meat in containers. The heart and the liver must be spiced up. If I was hungry I used to kill men, never women because they do no harm.”

Dorancel Vargas Gomez

Dorancel was arrested but after a bureaucratic mess up, (the judge had ordered that Dorancel be sent to a psychiatric hospital), he was set free and returned to the “Libertador Bridge”.

Dorancel Vargas Gomez was arrested again in 1999, after more people denounced that their relatives had gone missing.

Juan Carlos Meneses was lucky. One night he was coming out from a motel with his girlfriend and, at about 2:00 a.m. near the Libertador bridge, had to stop to change a flat tire. “I heard shouts and when I turned around I saw that Dorancel Vargas Gomez was about to hit me with a baseball bat, a motorcycle cop arrived and caught him just in time. I could have been another victim,” said Juan Carlos.

Dorancel Vargas GomezSince he is considered neither a criminal nor a psychopath, Dorancel is now under solitary confinement in a police station, where he has been found to be wandering around with knives on several occasions. Even the murderers fear him. “He used to kill whoever got drunk with him , ” said a policeman that guards Dorancel. Nowadays the “man-eater” is at the initial stages of Parkinson´s disease and spends his time sweeping floors and washing his clothes.

“I used to eat the thighs, not the nose, ears or hands because they are too hard. If I saw a drunkard sleeping, I would kill him with my spear, cut his head off and feel happy, I want to go back there and dig a big hole to bury them. I don’t feel ashamed of anything. They have put me in this jail for nothing, ” ended Dorancel Vargas Gomez.

He has never been tried.

credit murderpedia / soulcast

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