A Mexico City man has been arrested in connection with the murder of his girlfriend, who is also believed to have been a victim of cannibalism. Jose Luis Calva was a suspect in the disappearance of his girlfriend, 32 year old Alejandra Galeana. Galeana’s family tipped police to her relationship with Calva and a search of Calva’s apartment ensued. What the police found was a shock. The body of Galeana was found in Calva’s closet, although the corpse was not fully intact. On Monday, forensic experts made a grisly discovery in Calva’s apartment. Human flesh and muscle were found on a plate, along with a fork and a dirty frying pan. A lime found next to the remains suggests that Calva seasoned the woman’s forearm with the juice before cooking.
When asked if Calva had cooked and eaten his girlfriend, prosecutor Octavio Romulo Salas said, "That is the assumption that exists."
Dr. Rodolfo Rojo, Mexico City’s Chief Medical Examiner, stated that the body parts discovered corresponded with the parts missing from Galeana’s corpse. According to Rojo, it is believed that Calva strangled, dismembered, and fried part of the woman’s body before eating it. Corresponding to this belief is the fact that other incriminating evidence was found at the scene. Items found included knives, a box cutter, blood stains, and a pair of shoelaces Calva may have used to strangle the woman.
Three days passed between the alleged cannibalistic act and the gruesome discovery of the body. Three days is more than enough time for Calva’s digestive system to have disposed of any traces of Galeana’s remains. Authorities will use DNA to attempt to identify if the woman is in fact Galeana. Tests will also be performed on a leg that was found in Calva’s refrigerator.
The search of Calva’s apartment turned up an unfinished novel titled "Cannibalistic Instincts." The cover page was adorned with a picture of famed cannibal Hannibal Lecter from "Silence of the Lambs," altered to resemble the would-be author. One witness stated that Calva was fascinated by animal porn, witchcraft, and the sadistic novel "120 Days of Sodom."
Calva is also a suspect in two other Mexico City murders in which the bodies of the female victims were dismembered and crammed into cardboard boxes and suitcases. One of the bodies, found in April, was missing its hands and feet. A previous murder victim, found in 2004, was Calva’s former girlfriend Veronica Martinez.
According to Salas, Calva could face up to 50 years in prison if convicted of homicide. Source: Pam Mortimer