Pedro Pablo Nakada Ludena
Written By: YN
Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Pedro Pablo Nakada Ludena was a Peruvian serial killer who was famously dubbed as “El Apóstol de la Muerte” (The Apostle of Death). He crawled the streets of Lima, Peru to incite the wrath of God to those who were deemed unworthy of life. Most of his victims were prostitutes, homosexuals, drug addicts, and petty criminals. His weapon of choice was a 9mm gun with a homemade silencer.
Blood runs thicker than water
Nakada was born on February 28, 1973 in Lima, Peru. His mother was an almost absent figure in his childhood due to her declining mental health. This left his father to run the entire household by himself, keeping everyone fed and all his children in line. Unfortunately, his alcoholic tendencies had blinded him from the abuse that Nakada experienced in the hands of his siblings.
He claimed that his sisters and brothers used to mock and tease him when he was young. His sisters, especially, always forced him to wear girl clothes despite his protests. With his natural tendencies to be submissive, he always got pushed around at home. As much as his father tried protecting him from such cruelties, his inebriation had often left Nakada neglected.
This resulted to Nakada venting his frustrations and anger out on animals when he was young. But when his older brother caught him torturing their pregnant dog, they raped him to teach him a lesson—or so Nakada claimed.
Eventually, his parents died. His mother first. A few years later, his father followed. This had pushed him further into his shell when he was left in the mercies of his siblings who never stopped abusing him.
Between 2000 and 2006, Nakada’s friends began noticing a strange pattern in his behaviors. Every night, he would go out for a walk along the darkened streets of Lima. Little did they know that these harmless strolls weren’t so harmless at all.
In his confessions, Nakada insisted that he heard God told him to rid the earth of prostitutes, drug addicts, homosexuals, and criminals. This, in turn, made him feel justified for killing all his victims.
All in all, he killed 17 victims of varying gender, age, and appearance. However, he confessed to having 25 all in all. His preferred method of killing was to shoot them with a 9mm handgun. He fashioned his own silencer using rubber modified from slippers. This made it easier for him to slip out of the crime scene after each kill.
His first victim was Carlos Edilberto Merino Aguilar, a 26-year-old male, who Nakada assumed to be a robber. He shot him through the thorax and abdomen and stole from him afterwards.
Another notable victim was a 50-year-old woman who was smoking pot as he passed her by. Like the man, he shot her—in the head this time—and fled from the scene. He had also killed a homosexual couple whom he caught having sex at an irrigation canal. He shot the two men point blank in the head.
Among his victims, there was only one with whom he felt guilty of. This was Maria Veronica Tolentino Pajuelo, a 15-year-old girl from Santa Rosa. At that time, he purposely went to Santa Rosa, a place that was notorious for “stoners” roaming around the streets, to begin doing “God’s work”. Upon getting there, he spotted someone coming towards him with a bike. Without second thoughts, he shot the person only to realize that she was a minor. He said that this was the only kill that he regretted since he didn’t know that she was that young.
In 2003, Nakada began planning his migration to Japan so that he could escape the law after his work with God was done. He tried paying off a Japanese family with 800 Peruvian Soles to adopt him, but this plan failed. Apparently, this was a common tactic for Peruvian criminals who were running away from the authorities.
With his failed plans for escape, Nakada was trapped. In 2006, the police were finally on his trail. They went to his workplace to collect him, but he refused to go down without a fight. This resulted in a brief shootout where one police officer was hit and injured.
On December 28, 2006, he was finally taken into custody. The trial was brief and linear. He was convicted of 17 murders, but he confessed to 25. He was sentenced to the maximum of 35 years in a psychiatric prison after being deemed mentally unstable by the judge.
It was during his incarceration that he justified his crimes as a holy crusade for God. He had his own reasons for killing each victim. Most of which were due to prostitution, robbery, drugs, and homosexuality. Eventually, he also admitted that his hatred for homosexuals stemmed from his brothers’ abuse during his childhood.
Just when everyone thought that Nakada’s reign was done, an ironic twist of fate resulted whereby his younger brother, Jonathan Nakada Ludena, following his footsteps.
Nakada’s crimes had left a deep scar on Jonathan Nakada Ludena. Even after leaving Peru for Japan, the latter couldn’t take his mind off his older brother’s actions. For some time, he worked in Japan, but his mind kept wandering back to his brother in prison.
This prompted him to go back to Peru to confront his older brother. There they talked in the hopes of gaining some closure. However, the encounter had the opposite effect. While their conversation remained a mystery, the experience had changed Jonathan for the worse.
In 2015, he was captured and arrested after a three-day killing spree where he stabbed six people in Japan. After his imprisonment, the Nakada clan claimed that the two brothers had always suffered from paranoid schizophrenia. Whether this was true or not, the story of the two Nakada brothers had reached international news like a tidal wave.
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