Missing since December 13th, seven month pregnant Rio woman found dead – suspect confesses to crime, planned to keep baby for her own



Note from BW of Brazil: This blog was created over five years ago to provide more space and visibility to black Brazilian women and the experience of being black in Brazil as a whole. And since its inception, I wanted to share a wide variety of stories, interviews, photos and experiences so that these women aren’t presented in the same few stereotypes in which they are usually portrayed in Brazil’s mainstream media. But in these telling stories, sometimes I must also present unfortunate news. As I’ve written in past posts, if I wanted to host a blog that featured only police murders, corruption or crime in Brazil, I would easily have enough material to update an entirely separate blog several times a day. But that’s not the objective of this blog. Even so, I felt today’s story deserved to be shared as sad and revolting as it may be. Unfortunately, it involves two black women whose lives are forever ruined. One, through her life being taken away, and the other for taking that life.

After becoming aware of this story, besides the emergence of a calm sadness, numerous questions came to mind. What are the forces of our society that lead people to commit such atrocities? (I have my own ideas)…If the suspect/murderer wanted her own child and it was not possible through the natural method, why didn’t she simply adopt one? After all, we know that there are thousands of Brazilian children who need a home. Why did she choose to murder a black woman? Of course I’m not saying that she should have murdered a non-black woman, but I still wonder what role race played in her actions. Was it simply because, being black, she chose a victim whose child would also be black? Or did the choice of a black woman fit society’s view of black bodies as described by filmmaker Viviane Ferreira when she said “if one is going to assault a white body one still thinks twice, three times. To attack a black body there is no barrier, there is no limit”? 

I also wonder if there is something deeper going on here. This is the second time this blog has presented a story in which a pregnant black woman was assaulted by another black woman who intended to steal her baby. The other case was back in July of last year. As disgusting and horrific as this crime is, like the black Rio man who confessed to killing more than 40 people who said he had an addiction to killing white women, I feel a certain desire to know what goes through the mind of a person who commits such a heinous act. My sincere condolences to the family of Rayanne Christini Costa Ferreira. 

Missing pregnant woman in Central do Brasil is found dead

By Rafael Nascimento, Maria Inez Magalhães and Jonathan Ferreira

Rayanne, seven months pregnant, disappeared last Friday at the Central do Brasil train station

Missing for 13 days, the Civil Police discovered that Rayanne Christini, 22, seven months pregnant, and her baby are dead. She was kidnapped on the 13th, after leaving the house to picking up the child’s layette offered by Thainá Silva Pinto, 21. The story was revealed, with exclusivity, by Dia Online.

The remains of the young woman were found carbonized at Thainá’s house, in Magé, in the Baixada Fluminense region of Rio. There were many blood marks in the house, and police believe they tried to deliver the victim’s baby there. A dirty, bloody knife was found at the location.

Police also found pieces of Rayanne’s dress and her mortal remains in a trashcan in the house. An investigation has also found that female bones were found in the backyard.

Thainá and her husband, Fábio Luiz Souza Lima, 27, are being held at the Gericinó Penitentiary Complex in Bangu, accused of the crime. According to investigations by the Delegacia de Descoberta de Paradeiros (DDPA or Discovery of Whereabouts Police Station), she and the man plotted the crime to keep the baby. Thainá used the name “Lídia” to meet the victim.

According to the Civil Police, Rayanne was taken to Thainá’s house in Magé, where she was killed by three other people the same day, around 1pm. All are under arrest, and will respond to double murder and corpse concealment. The child’s body has not yet been found. The Civil Police received information that Fábio and a relative of Thainá were seen leaving the house with plastic bags in their hands.

The violence of the crime shocked even the DDPA police. “It was one of the most shocking cases in view of the brutality of the crime, it was in a medieval way that the crime was committed, the delivery certainly took place inside her house. A crude thing, a sick mind,” said police chief Elen Souto.

“Those involved did not show remorse,” Elen Souto said of the case

“There were a number of reports that Fábio had left with backpacks from inside Thainá’s house. We believe that the bags were used to conceal the bodies. Thainá was sure that Rayanne was eight months pregnant and was going to give birth at any moment. She is cold and covert. Fábio didn’t say anything about the crime. This group looks for pregnant women, preferably girls,” said Ellen.

The specialist analyzed more than 1,500 camera images, from Central to Magé, to reach the scene of the crime. The victim recharged her cell phone in the municipal, which allowed the agents to find the house. The body is in the Medical-Legal Institute (IML) and will undergo DNA examination with material collected from the victim’s mother. The result is set for 15 days from now.

A team of police officers went to Rayanne’s mother to inform her of the news. The reaction was desperate, since she hoped to find her daughter alive.

Thainá Silva Pinto, 21, was suspected of the crime

Rayanne participated in a group of social networks to earn donations and this is how she met Thainá. The two met in Central do Brasil where the victim was last seen, the security cameras of the location captured the moment. The two, however, drove to Magé, in the Baixada Fluminense.

The victim’s family didn’t know she had gone out to pick up the layette. She spoke only to a friend who even warned her of the danger of meeting an unknown person. Rayanne and Thainá were recognized by relatives in the images.

The victim leaves behind a 3-year-old daughter. The Alerj Human Rights Commission will offer psychological support to the family.

Rayanne was seven months pregnant with her second child

Understand the case

On the morning of December 13, Rayanne took her 3-year-old daughter to the day care. From there, alone, she took a train to Central do Brasil to pick up the layette for the baby promised by Thainá, who demanded that she go to Magé to pick up the clothes and diapers. The two met on Facebook in a group for pregnant women where Thainá made the offer.

The baby, who was to be called Maria Luísa, would have been born between January and February.

At four o’clock, Rayanne didn’t come to pick up her daughter from daycare as she did every day. The family found it odd and called the girl’s cell phone, which was off.

In desperation, relatives decided to file a police report on her disappearance. On the occasion, to assist in the searches, the Civil Police made available a poster with the woman’s face and telephone numbers for contact.

Who was Rayanne?

A daughter of separated parents, she lived with her mother, her first child, a three-year-old daughter and two brothers, one of seven and thirteen years, respectively, in Padre Miguel, in the West Zone of Rio. Rayanne, who at the age of 19 stopped going to school to give birth to her first daughter, spent the days taking turns caring for her grandmother, who suffers from Alzheimer’s.

Manifestation and search

Five days after her disappearance, on December 18, Rayanne’s family and friends staged a demonstration in Bangu, in the West Zone of Rio. They demanded from the police more effort in investigating the case. With posters and banners they walked several streets in the neighborhood. The day before, on the 17th, relatives of the girl were in Central do Brasil, in downtown Rio, seeking the whereabouts of the young woman.

Central do Brasil station in Rio de Janeiro

On the same day, they also went to Duque de Caxias and Magé, in the Baixada Fluminense, to try to locate the young woman. At the time, a witness reported seeing Rayanne at the city bus station.

In the same week, Rayanne’s family found the victim’s old cell phone and they were able to access her Facebook, however, nothing strange was found. Already between the 17th and 19th, a friend of the family managed to trace her phone to Caxias, where the device had lost its signal. Relatives went to the city in vain.

Rayanne Christini, 22, disappeared on December 13th

False information and racist messages

During the Civil Police investigation, Rayanne’s friends and relatives received several false messages about the girl’s whereabouts. Many of them were racist. Jupira Costa, one of the girls’ aunts, said that she had received calls, messages and comments about the supposed whereabouts of the victim every day.

However, according to her, many messages were racist. “This week we received the following message from a person: ‘This baby doesn’t cost more than R$10,000 on the mercado negro (black market), even more premature, the value goes to about 15%, that is, it will be worth a maximum of R$8,000. It would be better to disentangle the organs and sell them separately. The profit would triple,’ said a message her aunt received. “This is absurd, we are suffering. We are getting a lot of calls. I have no more account of how many people called us to inform us of the supposed whereabouts of Rayanne,” she said.

Video shows Rayanne meeting Thainá Silva Pinto at Central do Brasil

Alerj commission demands police response

On the 22nd, the Rio de Janeiro Legislative Assembly’s Human Rights Commission (Alerj) reported that it would act on the case with the DDPA to demand more agility about Rayanne’s disappearance. On the occasion, State Representative Marcelo Freixo (Psol) said he would schedule a meeting with the victim’s relatives and that he would contact chief Elen Souto, who was in charge of the investigations.

Thainá da Silva Pinto, 21, is suspected of having met Rayanne at the Central

Imprisonment of suspect

After investigation, Thainá da Silva Pinto, 21, was arrested at her home in Magé, but didn’t reveal the whereabouts of the victim. In the recording delivered to the Civil Police, Rayanne, who had arrived at the train station from Padre Miguel in the Zona Oeste, hadn’t left the station. In the image it is possible to observe that the victim waited for the suspect. They talked for a moment and then left. The suspect was wearing striped clothes, a white T-shirt and shorts.

‘Family experiencing hell’

The lives of Thainá da Silva Pinto’s family turned upside down after police confirmed the perpetrator’s involvement in Rayanne’s disappearance. A brother of the accused even went so far as to say that he doesn’t believe in his sister’s involvement in the crime. However, he said that if she was guilty, she should pay for the crime. From a humble family, Thainá grew up and lived her entire life in Magé. With no any previous police record, she is the middle daughter of three siblings. The father and the mother are deacons of an evangelical church.

Other victims

Thainá da Silva Pinto, suspected of kidnapping Rayanne Christini, lied to her family and said she was expecting a baby. In fact, relatives even bought a crib, stroller and various clothes for the alleged child of the accused, who would be called ‘Laura’. But in social networks, Thainá told another story. According to testimony from people who were sought by the suspect, she announced clothes in a Facebook group and said she was making donations because the items no longer fit her daughter, who had been born  seven months before.

Woman suspected of killing pregnant woman confesses to crime

Thainá da Silva Pinto admitted to having kidnapped, trying to force a delivery and murdering Rayanne Christini Costa Ferreira

Courtesy of O Dia

Thainá da Silva Pinto confessed, during testimony to the police chief Elen Souto, of the DDPA, to having kidnapped, trying to force a delivery and murdering Rayanne Christini Costa Ferreira, 22.

Traces of blood were identified in the house where the crime occurred

Under arrest since the 20th, Thainá indicated the places where the bodies of Rayanne and the child were deposited. DDPA teams went to the indicated points and located the woman’s body in a backpack thrown in a vacant lot in Guapimirim, in the Baixada Fluminense. In another area, closer to the house where the suspect lived with her husband, in Magé, the body of the child was found, packed in a pink bag.

A team from the Homicide Office of the Baixada Fluminense (DHBF) went to the site, and a crime scene investigation was carried out at both sites, with the support of the Medical Legal Institute (IML). The remains were sent to IML.

Rayanne Christini, the victim

On Monday, the crime scene investigation on the “Casa dos Horrores” (House of Horrors) – as the place where Rayanne was killed is being called – found the presence of human blood in the room, the kitchen and the dress of the victim found in a trashcan.

To get evidence of the crime, experts used luminol, a chemical that detects blood even if the site is cleaned. Thainá and husband Fábio lived in the residence. The material was sent for DNA examination, which will verify if the blood is indeed from Rayanne.

The Civil Police released photos of the house. In the images, it is possible to verify the burned garbage along with, according to the police, the clothes, the bones and the remains of the victim. Rayanne disappeared on the 13th, after leaving the house to pick up clothing donations from Thainá.

According to the investigations, Thainá planned the crime to keep with the baby, since, because of a polycystic ovary syndrome, she can’t get pregnant. She simulated a pregnancy and searched the social networks for a victim. She found Rayanne and managed to lure her for a meeting. At the Central, the victim got into the suspect’s car, was kidnapped and then killed.

Source: O Dia, O Dia (2)

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  1. My sincerest condolences to the family for the tragic loss of this beautiful woman and her unborn child. This story brought tears to my eyes as I read it, because it is unconscionable to me that anyone could be so evil and have no regard for life. I pray that the family will find some measure of comfort in the beautiful memories they had with their loved one, and that they will trust God to see them through their difficult days ahead.

  2. amazing the novato (small amount of total time in brazil) gringo blog owner wants to find race in something that has nothing to do with race, with amateur pshycho anal-ysis , with psychiatry being a not hard witch doctor non science anyway. which ties into his also weak skewed statistics to judge and take anti interracial union attitudes and using feminism and religous uptight views on exposed skin and shaking hips to form a political economic agenda against passistas.

    novato blog owner, what im going to show you is white racism that i despise, using the same skewed statistics as you…the white racists and race realists play the same game as you do , as far as your attitudes towards interracial unions and black culture that has exposed skin and shaking hips. this is a guy answering an article in the miami herald :

    “”””Blacks have mean testosterone levels 19% higher than in whites. This is why 1-in-4 Black men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer but only 1-in-8 White men and 1-in-13 Asian men will. Testosterone is associated with impulsive, aggressive and violent behavior.

    The Black homicide rate is 17 per 100,000, a rate over 9x that of the White rate, and comparable to some of those most murderous countries in the world.

    If the homicide rate for the country as a whole were the White-only rate, the homicide rate would drop 84%, making the U.S. rate comparable to European countries.

    Black males age 18-35 are only 4% of the U.S. population, yet commit 50% of homicides. Black males (all ages) are only 6% of the U.S. population, yet commit 46% of all violent crimes, and 50% of the gun homicides. If Blacks were removed from the equation, the U.S. gun homicide rate would be equal to Great Britain’s, who have some of the most restrictive gun control laws in the world.

    Therefore, the U.S. has a Black problem, not a gun or violent crime problem.

    In 2013, according to FBI statistics, Blacks committed an average of 486,945 violent crimes against Whites, whereas Whites committed only 99,403 violent crimes against Blacks. This means Blacks were the attackers in 84.5 percent of the violent crimes involving Blacks and Whites. By age 23, half of Blacks males have been arrested.

    Blacks have a very high percentage carrying the dysfunctional form of the MAOA gene which does not produce a protein needed to break down old serotonin in their brains. This causes them to be agitated, aggressive and impulsive. The popular term for this is the “warrior gene” which could be considered propaganda to put a positive spin on those who possess this dysfunctional gene which is highly-correlated to criminality.

    Comprehensive Psychiatry published a large study on the rates at which black and white Americans carry shortened, or dysfunctional, MAOA genes.

    The gene can come in the form of 2, 3, 3.5, 4, or 5 allele. A 3-repeat allele is considered dysfunctional and is what is referred to as the “warrior gene”. A 2-repeat allele is considered very dysfunctional. People with a 2-repeat allele MAOA gene have a permanent chemical imbalance in their brain making the person more likely to be agitated, aggressive, and impulsive.
    According to the study published in Comprehensive Psychiatry, 34.6% of Whites and 53.4% of Blacks have 2-repeat allele or less. However, only .5% of whites have the 2-repeat (2R) allele version compared to 4.7% of blacks.

    That means Blacks are 9.4 times more likely to have the extremely dysfunctional version of the gene than Whites. Considering that Black Americans are 9 times more likely to commit murder, this is very significant.

    Other studies have shown even higher rates of occurrence of the 2-repeat (2R) allele version of the gene in Blacks.

    It was discovered that Black males carrying 2R were more likely to be involved in extreme violence (shooting and stabbing) than Black men with other MAOA variants. The relationship between the rare MAOA version and antisocial behaviors has raised eyebrows because, quite simply, this gene is not distributed equally across ethnic groups. In the Add Health database, 5.5% of African American men, 0.9% of Caucasian men, and 0.00067% of Asian men have 2R.

    The association between 2R and committing a shooting or stabbing crime was statistically significant. The MAOA-2R has become a symbol of a new era in behavioral genetics research — an era that has reintroduced race into the nature versus nurture debate over the source of ethnic behavioral differences

    Notes: There are other genes associated with violent and/or impulsive behavior. The MAOA gene is only one of them. However, the effects of a shortened MAOA gene are well documented. The chemical imbalance its creates can be observed in a laboratory.

    Blacks possess 10x more of the dysfunctional MAOA (or “warrior gene”) that is associated with violent and/or impulsive behavior.
    Like · Reply · 4 · 7 hrs
    Blacks have small brains

    Would you expect a population of small-brain people to have a higher, lower or equal IQ as compared to a population of large-brain people?

    Compared to Blacks, Whites’ brains:

    • are 7% larger (1438cc versus 1343cc)
    • are 100 grams heavier
    • have deeper fissuration in the frontal and occipital regions
    • have more complex convolutions and larger frontal lobes
    • have more pyramidal neurons
    • have 16% thicker supra-grandular layer
    • react faster on mental chronometry tests
    • have 600 million more neurons (each carries about 600 billion synapses, which each carry one bit of cortical information)

    Genes contribute to about 90% of the individual variation of brain size.

    Blacks are the only racial group with no DNA from the large-brained Neanderthals, and also the only race without the derived form of MCPH1 microcephalin called haplogroup D which produces increased brain volume.

    The correlation between brain size and IQ across 25 primate species is 0.77 (where 1.0 indicates that monozygotic twins have no variance in IQ and 0 indicates that their IQs are completely uncorrelated).
    Larger brains contain more neurons and synapses and process information faster. By adulthood, East Asians average 1 cubic inch more cranial capacity than Whites who average 5 cubic inches more than Blacks.

    The average White brain is 1438cc while the average Black brain is 1343cc, or 93% of the average White brain. The heritability of brain size is extremely strong at 0.90 and not one study to date has shown larger brain size for Blacks. The White and Asians brain also has a higher degree of fissuring (higher complexity) in the cerebral cortex of their brains, where abstract and conceptual thought is performed.

    There are also racial differences in brain shape, fissuration, number of pyramidal neurons and supra-grandular layer thickness. The depth of fissuration is related to superior intelligence and the brains of Whites have deeper fissures in the frontal and occipital regions. The supra-grandular layer of Blacks’ brains is 16% smaller than it is for Whites’ brains.

    Based on studies of brain weight at autopsy, endocranial volume of empty skulls, head size measurements by the U.S. military and NASA, and two dozen MRI volumetric studies Blacks’ brain size is 7% smaller than Whites’, and 8% smaller than Asians’. There is a correlation of brain size with IQ of about 0.40 and that these racial differences in brain size are present at birth. Genes contribute to about 90% of the individual variation of brain size.

    In addition to brain size are differences in brain shape, fissuration, number of pyramidal neurons and supra-grandular layer thickness. The depth of fissuration is related to superior intelligence and the brains of Whites have deeper fissures in the frontal and occipital regions. The supra-grandular layer of Blacks’ brains is 16% smaller than it is for Whites’ brains.

    The average human brain contains 86 billion neurons. Whites, on average, have 600 million more neurons than Blacks. Each neuron carries about 600 billion synapses, each of which carries, as a minimum, one bit of cortical information.

    Blacks are the only racial group with no DNA from the large-brained Neanderthals, and also the only race without the derived form of MCPH1 microcephalin called haplogroup D which produces increased brain volume.

    Black-White SAT Score Gap by Year:

    Year White Black Gap
    1986 1038 839 199
    1990 1031 849 185
    1996 1052 857 195
    2000 1060 859 201
    2005 1061 863 197
    2010 1063 855 208

    Source: U.S. Dept. of Education, Digest of Education Statistics, 2012

    Frey and Detterman (2003) analyzed the correlation of SAT scores with intelligence test scores. They found SAT scores to be highly correlated with general mental ability, or g (r=.82 in their sample).

    This research established the relationship between SAT and g, as well as the appropriateness of the SAT as a measure of g, and examined the SAT as a premorbid measure of intelligence. In Study 1, we used the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979. Measures of g were extracted from the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery and correlated with SAT scores of 917 participants. The resulting correlation was.82 (.86 corrected for nonlinearity). Study 2 investigated the correlation between revised and recentered SAT scores and scores on the Raven’s Advanced Progressive Matrices among 104 undergraduates. The resulting correlation was.483 (.72 corrected for restricted range). These studies indicate that the SAT is mainly a test of g. We provide equations for converting SAT scores to estimated IQs; such conversion could be useful for estimating premorbid IQ or conducting individual difference research with college students

    For a graphical representation of the racial IQ gap Google: racial IQ bell curve

    Percentages below are from a cumulative percentages graph for readability:

    5% above 110 IQ
    16% above 100 IQ
    40% above 90 IQ
    70% above 80 IQ
    30% below 80 IQ
    18% below 75 IQ
    10% below 70 IQ

    10% above 120 IQ
    18% above 115 IQ
    27% above 110 IQ
    40% above 105 IQ
    50% above 100 IQ
    60% below 105 IQ
    35% below 95 IQ
    15% below 85 IQ

    So, the smartest 16% of Blacks are as intelligent as smartest 50% of Whites. 80% of Blacks score at or below the “low functioning” category.

    The least intelligent ten percent of Whites have IQs below 80; forty percent of Blacks have IQs that low.

    Only one Black in six is more intelligent than the average White; five Whites out of six are more intelligent than the average Black.

    These differences show in every test of general cognitive ability that anyone, of any race or nationality, has yet been able to devise. And they are reflected in countless everyday situations, “Life is an IQ test..””””
    blah blah etc etc

    all this from a rob smith in the comments here:

    all white racist scum ….yet, playing the same game as you, skewing statistics, bs psycho analises all for a white racist agenda…just like you, but, i dont considere black people racist, racism was invented by whites, black people use it for tit for tat back peddling defending themselves, but, using bias , and bigatry..

    you need to go back to your drawing board to correct this weak aspect in your presentation , that actualy has very important meaningful things to offer…

    other wise , you are just another big foot american coming to brazil superimposing your hangups, and the bad parts of your political agenda, that actualy has valuable parts to it, that just get contaminated with this other drek

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