A serial killer nicknamed ‘Lucifer’ has been accused of murdering 48 other inmates during his 25 years behind bars.
The extent of Marcos Paulo da Silva’s violence has earned him comparisons to Britain’s most dangerous prisoner, Charles Bronson.
The 42-year-old Brazilian was just 18 when he was first incarcerated for petty theft in 1995 but soon emerged as a vicious killer.
He is said to have murdered five inmates in one go in Serra Azul Jail in Sao Paulo in 2011 in one of his most bloodiest attacks to date.
His signature is to cut his victims’ heads off and disembowel them after killing them.
Da Silva will likely die behind bars after racking up multiple convictions and sentences totalling 217 years – although he has yet to be tried for many of his alleged crimes.
Da Silva is said to have told a judge recently: “I have no regrets about killing all these people.
“They were rapists and thieves who took advantage of other inmates and robbed them.”
His astonishing prison history was laid bare in a recent report by Brazilian online firm UOL which has been picked up by newspapers in South America as well as Portugal.
He has been described as the leader of a gang of assassins created with the mission of murdering members of the PCC, one of Brazil’s leading gangs formed by inmates as a self-protection group in the country’s brutal prison system.
Prison guards told UOL it was only a “question of time” before da Silva, covered in tattoos which include skulls, devils and a Swastika, kills again once he is transferred to a new prison.
He switched allegiances and turned against PCC after joining the gang as a 19-year-old following his first teenage conviction.
Credit: UK Mirror