Altamira child emasculations
The Altamira child emasculations refers to a series of crimes that occurred in the municipality of Altamira, in Pará, which involved boys aged 8–14. They were kidnapped, maimed and killed between 1989 and 1993. According to the Pará authorities, the crimes were committed for the purpose of satanic rituals and black magic, promoted by the "Superior Universal Lineage" sect, a mystical organization that, among other things, challenged the Western idea of divinity. However, after the case was closed, Maranhão police arrested Francisco das Chagas Rodrigues de Brito, a serial killer who claimed 42 murders committed against children, including 12 in Altamira, which brought uncertainty over the judicial outcome. The accused, who have always claimed to have no involvement with the crimes, asked the court to reinvestigate the cases. Due to the level of violence, the case quickly generated mainstream attention and international repercussion.