• Short Summary

    POLICE IN RIO DE JANEIRO ALLEGE THAT CHILDREN AT A PRIVATELY OWNED ORPHANAGE NEAR THE CITY HAVE BEEN MURDERED, TORTURED AND SEXUALLY ASSAULTED.

  • Description

    POLICE IN RIO DE JANEIRO ALLEGE THAT CHILDREN AT A PRIVATELY OWNED ORPHANAGE NEAR THE CITY HAVE BEEN MURDERED, TORTURED AND SEXUALLY ASSAULTED. THE ALLEGATIONS FOLLOW A POLICE RAID ON THE "ADOBE OF LIGHT" ORPHANAGE WHERE 47 CHILDREN WERE FOUND, SUFFERING FROM NEAR-STARVATION AND THE EFFECTS OF BEATINGS. POLICE SAID THAT PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS HAVE BORNE OUT THE YOUNGSTER'S TESTIMONY OF TORTURE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT. AT LEAST 10 OR 11 DEATHS ARE BEING INVESTIGATED.

    THE PLIGHT OF THE ORPHANS, ALL UNDER 12 YEARS OF AGE, WAS DISCOVERED WHEN NEIGHBOURS BEGAN TO WONDER WHY THE CHILDREN WERE SINGING CARNIVAL SONGS AND THE RADIO WAS LOUDLY PLAYED LATE AT NIGHT.

    DURING THEIR RAID, POLICE DUG UP PART OF THE GARDEN, SEARCHING FOR BODIES. THEY ALSO SEARCHED AN INTERIOR WELL.

    ONE OF THE ORPHANS WAS SAID TO HAVE TOLD THE POLICE THAT SHE HAD SEEN ANOTHER CHILD BEATEN TO DEATH, WHILE THE RADIO WAS TURNED TO FULL VOLUME, TO DROWN HER SCREAMS. POLICE FOUND ONE TEN-YEAR-OLD BOY, WEARING CHAINS, LOCKED IN A DARKENED ROOM OF THE ORPHANAGE.

    FIVE OF THE CHILDREN WERE SAID TO HAVE GAINED PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT, INCLUDING GOOD FOOD AND DECENT CLOTHING, SO THAT THEY COULD APPEAR ON TELEVISION WITH THE ORPHANAGE OWNER, ABEL BARBOSA MARQUES, WHEN HE MADE APPEALS FOR FUNDS AND CLOTHING. MARQUES DISAPPEARED AFTER THE POLICE RAID BUT WAS LATER DISCOVERED BY REPORTERS AND APPEARED ON A TELEVISION PROGRAMME, PROTESTING HIS INNOCENCE.

    HIS WIFE, EDILSA BARBOSA MARQUES, WHO HAS BEEN DUBBED TO THE "NAZI BITCH OF NEEDLE HILL" BY THE BRAZILIAN PRESS, IS BEING HELD BY THE POLICE AT THE NOVA IGUACU JAIL. SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS HAVE BEEN TAKEN TO PROTECT HER FROM BEING LYNCHED BY ANGRY TOWNSPEOPLE. SHE IS ALLEGED TO HAVE CONFESSED THAT 16 ORPHANS, INCLUDING A 14-MONTH-OLD CRIPPLE IN HER CARE HAD DIED. SHE IS ALLEGED TO HAVE SAID THAT ONE, A 13-YEAR-OLD GIRL, WAS BEATEN TO DEATH BY HER HUSBAND.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2QKAZ441RVM7SVHL47TH206XO
    Media URN:
    VLVA2QKAZ441RVM7SVHL47TH206XO
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/09/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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