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Adolfo Constanzo was a serial killer in the 1980s, whose religious cult performed ritual murders. He evaded police until his 1989 assisted suicide.
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After a quick search of the property revealed illegal narcotics, the police arrested Hernandez and another drug dealer, David Serna Valdez. In custody, Hernandez freely admitted to Kilroy's abduction and murder. He also confessed to participation in 14 other murders over a nine-month period.
On April 11, 1989, Hernandez took police to the ranch, unearthing the remains of 15 victims. One of the bodies was Mark Kilroy's—his brain was missing,
and his body dismembered. Garcia told law enforcement officials about the group's religious leader, Adolfo Constanzo, and proudly described his involvement in the ritual sacrifices.
Constanzo had disappeared by this time, hiding out in the houses of various cult members, and making plans to flee Mexico. More and more of the cult's members were arrested until May 6, 1989. While police were going door-to-door on an unrelated case, they stumbled on Constanzo and four of his followers, two of whom were his lovers. He panicked and began shooting at police. Within moments, 180 policemen surrounded the apartment. The shootout lasted 45 minutes, with only one officer wounded.
When Constanzo realized he would not be able to escape, he ordered a follower to shoot he and his lover, Martin Quintana. By the time police entered the apartment, Constanzo and Quintana were dead.
The survivors of the shootout, along with 12 other cult members, were indicted on various charges, including multiple murder, weapons and narcotics violations, conspiracy and obstruction of justice. American authorities stand ready to prosecute the convicted cult members for Mark Kilroy's murder, should they ever be released from Mexican custody.
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