BRAZIL: Lurid Top

Some of Rio's most recent crimes have reached the top strata of lurid violence. Samples: 1) borrowing a time-worn page from the Aztecs, a boy cut out his beloved's heart; 2) using a sharp hatchet, a man chopped his wife into small pieces as she lay in bed with their two-year-old daughter. Last week the Latin American Congress of Criminologists picked Rio as the site of their 1946 convention.


Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!