>> Friday, November 20, 2009
From the "subplot excised from The Road for being too disturbing and creepy" file:
Four people have been arrested in Peru on suspicion of killing dozens of people in order to sell their fat and tissue for cosmetic uses in Europe.
The gang allegedly targeted people on remote roads, luring them with fake job offers before killing them and extracting their fat.
The liquidised product fetched $15,000 (£9,000) a litre and police suspect it was sold on to companies in Europe.
At least five other suspects, including two Italian nationals, remain at large.
Police said the gang could be behind the disappearances of up to 60 people in Peru's Huanuco and Pasco regions.
One of those arrested told police the ringleader had been killing people for their fat for more than three decades.
The gang has been referred to as the Pishtacos, after an ancient Peruvian legend of killers who attack people on lonely roads and murder them for their fat.
Many, many questions remain. For one, what on earth did these cosmetics manufacturers think they were buying? What were they told? What did they think they were paying 15 grand a litre for? And if this theory of the crime isn't accurate, what the hell were these people doing?
(And yes, I know these are lousy tags. I wish we could add more tags)