BOGOTA, Colombia’s “Monserrate Monster” serial killer confessed he killed at least 16 women in the past four years as one of his victims was identified on Tuesday.
Fredy Armando Valencia Vargas, a homeless drug addict, recently revealed he killed more women than which he initially confessed. Using fingerprints, authorities on Tuesday identified one of the victims as María del Pilar Rincón Muñoz, 26, from Bogota.
Valencia Vargas said he confessed to killing the women because he was tormented and wanted to clear his conscience.
“I’m not a monster,” Valencia Vargas said on Friday amid a media circus.
Valencia Vargas, 37, said he killed young women who were also drug addicts. He would lure them to a makeshift camp he made in the dense forest on Bogota’s Monserrate mountain, near a popular historic church.
He was taken back to the mountain last week by authorities so he could reveal where he hid the bodies — some buried and some thrown onto trash.
Authorities have so far recovered 11 remains. In the last four years, he would come out every two or three months to offer women comforts and hallucinogens — expecting sexual favors in return.
Valencia Vargas previously said he killed the women in self-defense.
“I gave them food, clothes, bathed and gave them what they liked,” Valencia toldCityNoticias. “When they were clean, I told them to give me mine but no longer wanted to give me anything. They wanted to go and steal things. So they attacked me.”
Valencia Vargas studied industrial engineering but began using drugs after his mother’s death about 12 years ago, eventually becoming homeless. He said he loved a woman who cheated on him, which devastated him just like his mother’s death.
“I suffocated them by squeezing their neck. It was self-defense because they attacked me to leave without paying,” Valencia Vargas added. “Everything I did, I did in self-defense. They intended to assault me and all I did was defend myself.”
Newly established anti-femicide hate crime laws in Colombia have increased prison sentences for convicted killers to 22-41 years. But Valencia Vargas could face as little as 15 years behind bars because he confessed.