The determine jams the blade into Adam Anhang, a 32-yr-previous Canadian actual property developer and recent transplant to the island. As the vicious attack continues – the figure stabs Anhang repeatedly earlier than crashing a unfastened cobblestone over his head – Anhang manages to name out to his close by wife, Aurea Vazquez Rijos, a former Puerto Rican beauty queen.
“Run child, run!” Anhang shouts, regulation enforcement would later say.
When San Juan authorities ultimately rushed onto the scene on Sept. 22, 2005, Vazquez Rijos was loaded into an ambulance with cuts and bruises. Anhang, nevertheless, was already lifeless.
Blood was spilling throughout the island that yr. In 2005, Puerto Rico notched 766 homicides, a homicide price that was 3 times larger than New York, NBC’s “Dateline” reported in 2008. Anhang’s dying was initially thought to have been another part of this violent wave, a robbery gone dangerous – until the sufferer’s household realized the young man’s cash was nonetheless on his physique.
The curtain was only rising on a saga that might play out across the globe for greater than a decade. An innocent man can be arrested and convicted of the homicide. Personal investigators would snoop via European cities. The complicated pink tape of worldwide extradition regulation would trigger infinite delays. And a intelligent lure can be sprung by authorities, leading to more pink tape and courtroom dates and ready.
However finally, the contorted felony case stemming from Anhang’s dying came to an end last week.
On Friday, Vazquez Rijos, 38, her sister, Marcia Vazquez Rijos, and an ex-boyfriend, Jose Ferrer Sosa, have been all sentenced to life in prison for their half in a posh homicide-for-hire plot, the Associated Press reported. Based on federal prosecutors, Vazquez Rijos plotted her husband’s dying in a greedy gambit to grab his tens of millions.
Nevertheless it was Vazquez Rijos’s globe-trotting exploits after her husband’s homicide – and the Anhang household’s tireless pursuit – that earned the case international consideration. The European press dramatically dubbed her “The Black Widow.”
Years after the murder, her pregnancies would take on essential legal importance for judges weighing international treaties.
But at first, a shock being pregnant is what threw Vazquez Rijos advised Anhang together.
Anhang had come to Puerto Rico after a remarkably successful profession. The son of an lawyer in Winnipeg, Canada, Anhang had all the time seemed pointed towards the enterprise world – he showed up to his first day of kindergarten with a briefcase, “identical to his dad,” his mother, Barbara Anhang, advised “Dateline” in 2008.
“I never keep in mind him as a bit boy,” his father, Abe Anhang, stated in the identical interview. “He was a bit man.”
Anhang graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Faculty of Enterprise. He discovered early success operating various start-ups, together with a playing software firm. With the financial windfall from these ventures, he moved to Puerto Rico in 2004 with an eye fixed toward creating rental and lodge tasks on the…