|Birth name:||Adolfo de Jesús Constanzo|
|Also known as:||The Godfather of Matamoros (El Padrino de Matamoros)
The Witch Doctor
|Born:||November 1, 1962
Miami, Florida, USA
|Died:||May 6, 1989 (aged 26)
|Cause of death:||Suicide|
|Number of victims:||25+|
|Span of killings:||1986 – March 28, 1989|
|Date apprehended:||Never apprehended|
Constanzo was born in Miami, Florida, USA. His mother was a Cuban immigrant. She gave birth to Adolfo at the age of 15, and eventually had three children of different fathers. She moved to San Juan, Puerto Rico, after her first husband died, and he remarried there. Constanzo was baptized Catholic and served as an altar boy, but was also influenced by his mother in the cult called Palo Mayombe. The family returned to Miami in 1972, and his stepfather died soon after leaving the family with some money. His mother soon remarried and his new stepfather was involved in the occult and drug dealing.
Constanzo and his mother were arrested numerous times for minor crimes like theft, vandalism, and "farderismo” (shoplifting, concealing goods between their clothing). He graduated from high school but was expelled from prep school. His mother believed he had psychic abilities for supposedly have foretold the attempted of the assassination of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan in 1981.
As a teenager, he befriended a priest of Palo Mayombe ritual, who taught him the skills to be a drug dealer.
Constanzo visited Mexico City in 1983, supporting himself as a tarot card reader. There, he recruited two younger men; Martín Quintana Rodríguez and Omar Chewe Orea Ochoa to be his servants, lovers and disciples. Constanzo returned to Miami shortly thereafter, but he moved to Mexico City in mid-1984. Over the next few years he was the leader of a full-fledged cult with drug dealers, musicians and even police officers under his command. The cult, based in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, on the U.S.-Mexico border, sold drugs, held high-priced occult ceremonies and by at latest 1987 murdered people for use in human sacrifices. These victims fell along with the cult's rivals in dealing drugs.
When an US citizen tourist, 21-year-old Mark J. Kilroy, disappeared in Matamoros during Spring Break 1989, local police, facing pressures from Texas authorities, began to search in earnest for him. They discovered Constanzo's cult quite by accident (in an unrelated drug investigation) and, after arresting some of the members, quickly discovered that they were responsible for the murder of Kilroy, whose body had been dismembered and burned.
More and more of the cult's members were arrested until, on May 6, they had cornered Constanzo and four of his followers, two of whom were his male lovers, in a dilapidated Mexico City apartment. Determined not to go to prison, Constanzo ordered one of the disciples to shoot him and Quintana Rodríguez. They were both dead when the police finally broke in.
One of Constanzo's most trusted leaders within his cult, Sara María Aldrete, was arrested not long after his death. She was sentenced to a total of 68 years in prison for her involvement in the cult and the murders.