The men felt for a pulse, but there was none. Pressure from her parents was part of it. Investigators began to develop their theory.
Porto and her ex-husband took mobile phone photographs of the closed white coffin — which had been displayed behind a glass screen, surrounded by large wreaths of white roses and lilies — before it went into the incinerator. Those who knew the couple well were aware that Porto could be capricious and demanding and some saw Basterra as a mousy, dominated man. It looked like a scarecrow.
When left alone, Basterra was no longer submissive. She had dropped her off near the apartment in Santiago. In the few instances where parents kill children, the crime is typically the result of a moment of rage or overpowering feelings of inadequacy.
Two months later, it seemed, someone had succeeded. Photograph: Lavandeira Jr. By the time she reached secondary school she was deemed so bright that she skipped an academic year. Asunta was a talented child who was raised to be a prodigy. Media hora después, ya no llegó al comedor. Light restoration work was carried out, during which the guitar was left in its original condition. Karen Duncan-Barlow, a university lecturer who gave English classes to Porto as a teenager, found herself spontaneously invited round for Christmas dinners after running into her decades later. An assiduous visitor of clubes de alterne — the legal, neon-lit bar-brothels that sit on the edges of every Spanish town — he had the habit of driving around drunk in his home parish of Teo, a sprawl of villages outside Santiago. Antes, había recogido y dejado ordenadas sus pertenencias. Her parents both pushed her and fretted about her abilities.
The Port of Rosario was nationalized in and by , it had overtaken the Port of Buenos Aires as the nation's leading grain export hub. Both had died in their beds. The house was also in Teo parish, 20 minutes from Santiago and some four kilometres from where the body was found. Cases in which children are murdered by adoptive parents are exceedingly rare.
Asunta was a talented child who was raised to be a prodigy. He helps her to satisfy her whims. Over time it became apparent that Asunta was special.