The dismembered body of 18-year-old Italian girl Pamela Mastropietro was found in two suitcases left alongside a country road near Macerata, Italy.
Investigations quickly led to the home of the ironically named Innocent Oseghale, a 29-year-old Nigerian illegal immigrant, with a criminal record for drug dealing. Blood-covered clothes belonging to the girl were found in his apartment. He had washed his hands with bleach.
The discovery that her heart and internal organs were removed from her body has now led investigators to suspect that the girl may have been sacrificed in some kind of voodoo ritual. Her mother identified her daughter’s body from the head alone.
There have been previous reports (link) of African drug dealers practising voodoo to, among other things, call for the deaths of the police officers who arrest them.
So far, the Nigerian denies that he killed her.
The girl had had problems with drug addiction and had spent time in a recovery clinic not long before her death.