Double murder: “many questions still open”

Murderer drove 44km to Ponta de São Lourenço with police “on his tail”

Ponta de São Lourenço, where the murderer threw himself of the cliffs

The Portugal Resident has a neat summary of a story of a double murder that has been making headlines locally in Madeira this last week,

They describe how a 48-year-old man butchered his 10-year-old son and estranged partner in an apartment in Madeira on December 20th before driving 40kms to commit suicide by leaping off the cliffside at Ponta de São Lourenço (pictured).

The incident has caused shockwaves on the island – and led to the parents/ grandparents of the victims being hospitalised. As reports explain, when they first heard of the tragedy, they believed their grandson was still alive.

The horror played out in the context of the mother and child arriving at the apartment they had left three weeks previously to pick up some personal items. Gregório Silva Moniz – described as a “very stressed individual who believed people treated him badly because he was deaf”- attacked both with a knife, leaving them with their throats cut, in the apartment.

Says Correio da Manhã, ‘there are many questions’ still open about the murder – not least how the killer was able to drive such a distance – and kill himself – with police ostensibly ‘on his tail’.

On a much lighter note, the excellent cartoon below is from today’s Times:

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4 thoughts on “Double murder: “many questions still open””

  1. How sad and what a shock for all on the island. It brings back awful memories of many years ago when the father of children at a school I worked at, killed his wife and two children before taking his own life. Turned out the Father was worried about his financial situation. They were a lovely family and no-one could have guessed that he could be tipped over the edge like this. So tragic. The whole school was stunned.


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