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Luis Garavito – The Beast Serial killer Who Murdered 193 Young Boys

Luis Garavito – The Beast Serial killer Who Murdered 193 Young Boys

The Beast Serial Killer Luis Garavito Murdered 193 Young Boys.
Luis Garavito through the years

The case of Luis Garavito is one of the more unsettling stories you will hear in the true crime universe. Luis Alfredo Garavito Cubillos was a true monster in the purest sense of the word.

Quick summary of Crimes Committed by Luis Garavito

Before he began murdering his victims Luis Garavito committed no less than 200 torture-rapes on minors aged 6 to 16 in Western Columbia.

Once torturing and raping his victims was no longer enough gratification for the evil inside of him. He escalated his crimes by raping, torturing, mutilating and murdering an additional 189 minors in Columbia from October 4th, 1992 to April 21st, 1999. During the summer of 1998 he also murdered 4 more minors in Ecuador.

It’s possible Luis Garavito murdered as many as 300 people according to investigators. Although his confirmed murder count is 193, mostly young boys.

Background & Early Life of Luis Garavito

Luis Garavito young man. The Beast Serial Killer Luis Garavito Murdered 193 Young Boys.
a young Luis Garavito

Garavito, the oldest of seven children, was raised in western Columbia. He only attended school for a few years and endured an extremely difficult childhood.

Garavito’s mother is unknown, it has been speculated by the community of Génova that Garavito’s mother was a long-time prostitute.

While working as a prostitute, Garavito’s mother was brutally abused by Garavito’s father, who was a heavy alcoholic and would also abuse Garavito’s siblings – including Garavito himself.

Garavito’s father would force him to watch his mother have sexual intercourse with her clients, also letting his mother’s clients sexually abuse and molest Garavito.

Heavily strung out on drugs, Garavito’s mother couldn’t do anything even if she’d wanted to, due to the abuse and torture of Garavito’s alcoholic father. Garavito eventually ran away from home and survived on the Colombian streets.


At the age of eight, Garavito was found by a pedophile. The man promised Garavito a hot meal and a place to rest; reluctantly, Garavito accepted the offer, but instead of the hot meal and a place to sleep, the man led Garavito to an abandoned house where Garavito was sexually assaulted.

A few days after, Garavito then joined a rebellious gang for protection. The gang often robbed the Colombian civilians for food, money, and cars, which they exchanged for money at local chop shops.

Although he frequently moved, Garavito had a girlfriend named Teresa. His girlfriend had a small child which she recalls him getting along with very well. Garavito was known by his friends to be kind, yet easily angered.

The Victims of Luis Garavito

Garavito’s victims were chosen by their age, gender, and social status. Garavito targeted boys between the ages of 6 to 16 who were either homeless, peasants, or orphaned.

He approached the young boys, either on the crowded streets or alone in the countryside, and lure them away with small gifts such as money, candy or odd jobs. He offered easy work for money and even disguised himself as different characters who would be legitimately offering work to a small boy, such as a priest, a farmer, a homeless man, a street vendor, a drug dealer, an elderly man, and a gambler.

To prevent suspicions about his activities from developing, Garavito would change his disguise often.

How Luis Garavito Committed Murder

Luis Garavito disguises

Once he gained the trust of a child, Garavito would walk with the boy until they were tired and vulnerable, which made them easier to handle.

Once tired, he would begin by binding their hands. Then, Garavito would remove all their clothes, and proceed to torture, rape, and sometimes decapitate them.

Usually, the boy would endure prolonged rape and torture by having his buttocks stabbed and sharpened objects inserted into his anus; his testicles were often severed and placed into his mouth.

The bodies of the children were all found completely naked, and all showed bite marks and signs of anal penetration; bottles of lubricant were found near the bodies, along with empty liquor bottles. Most corpses showed signs of prolonged torture.

Mass Graves are Discovered

Luis Garavito mass graves. The Beast Serial Killer Luis Garavito Murdered 193 Young Boys.
Mass Grave containing the victims of Luis Garavito

Beginning in 1992, boys between the ages of 6 through 16 began disappearing from the streets of Colombia. Due to a civil war, many children in Colombia were poor, homeless, or orphaned.

For years, these murders went unnoticed because many of the victims had no police report filed for their disappearance. Clusters of bodies had begun popping up all over Colombia, yet authorities did not take much notice until 1997, when mass graves were uncovered holding as many as 41 bodies.

This large number of bodies called for a widespread investigation. In February 1998, outside the town of Génova, Colombia, the bodies of two naked children were found lying next to each other on a hill. The next day, only meters away, another child’s naked body was found.

All three bodies had their hands bound and showed signs of sexual abuse. The victims’ necks were severely cut, and bruises were on their backs, genitals, legs, and buttocks. The murder weapon was also found in the same area as the bodies. A note was found at the crime scene with an address written on it; this information led them to Garavito’s girlfriend.

She was contacted but told police she hadn’t seen Garavito in months. She did, however, give the police a bag that he’d left in her possession, which contained a number of Garavito’s belongings.

These items included pictures of young boys, detailed journals of his murders, tally marks of his victims, and bills. This new information led them to Garavito’s residence, but the property was vacant.

Detectives believed that Garavito was either traveling for work or away attempting to find his next victim. He was picked up by local police just a few days later for the attempted rape of an adolescent boy.

Luckily, a homeless man was close enough to see Garavito and the child struggling and felt it necessary to rescue the boy.

Garavito was arrested and, unbeknownst to them, the police had in their custody the man who was the most wanted killer in Colombia.

The Arrest and Confession of Luis Alfredo Garavito Cubillos

Luis Garavito mugshot. The Beast Serial Killer Luis Garavito Murdered 193 Young Boys.

Garavito was arrested on April 22, 1999 and questioned about the local killings and his attempted rape charges. Police speculated that Garavito planned to kill the boy if the bystander had not intervened.

After a short interrogation, detectives suspected Garavito of being La Bestia (The Beast), although Garavito continued to insist he was innocent.

The detailed description of his killings by detectives brought Garavito to tears. Continued interrogation eventually led to Luis Garavito confessing to the murders.

For Colombia’s Justice Department, Garavito’s confession was not enough evidence. However, Garavito had an eye condition that was rare and only found in men in a particular age group.

His glasses were specifically designed for his unique condition. A pair of glasses made specifically for the condition were found at the site of a mass grave. Garavito also left behind empty liquor bottles, his underwear, and occasionally his shoes.

DNA was found on the victims, along with the other items left behind. Police scheduled the entire jail where Garavito was being detained to get an eye exam; the outcome of his eye exam would help police pair the glasses to Garavito. By making it mandatory for all the prisoners, it reduced Garavito’s suspicion and kept him from lying about his eyesight.

While out of his cell, detectives took DNA samples from his pillow and living area. The DNA found on the victims was a match to the DNA found in Garavito’s cell. Garavito confessed to murdering 140 children and was charged with killing 193 altogether throughout Colombia.

Garavito was sentenced to 1,853 years and 9 days in prison, the lengthiest sentence in Colombian history. However, Colombian law limits imprisonment to 40 years—and because Garavito helped police find the victims’ bodies, his sentence was further reduced to 22 years.

Garavito is serving his sentence in a Colombian prison, the exact location of which is unavailable to the public. He is held separately from all other prisoners because it is feared that he would be killed immediately.

Colombian law states, those who have committed crimes against children are not eligible to receive any “benefits from justice” and are required to spend at least 60 years of their sentence in prison.

This would mean that the national maximum 40-year imprisonment limit, and especially the reduction to 22 years for helping police find victims’ bodies, both considered “justice benefits”, would not be applicable, and the number of years Garavito will spend in jail could be as high as 80.

Luis Garavito older in prison. The Beast Serial Killer Luis Garavito Murdered 193 Young Boys.
Luis Garavito

The Beast Serial Killer Luis Garavito Murdered 193 Young Boys.

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