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Male Model Accused of Killing Boyfriend & Wearing His Testicles for Healing Powers

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Wednesday Oct 10, 2012

A Portuguese male model is on trial for killing his former lover, castrating him and wearing his testicles on his wrists, the New York Daily News reports.

Renato Seabra, 21, killed his lover, Carlos Castro, a 65-year-old Portuguese society journalist and gay activist, in a sudden psychotic mental breakdown, according to the young man's lawyer, Rubin Sinis.

His attorney said that Seabra was in a tumultuous seven-month relationship with Castro that caused him to beat him to death with a computer, castrate him with a corkscrew and then to wear Castro's testicles on his wrists for what the model believed gave him healing powers. The murder occurred in a room in the upscale Intercontinental Hotel near New York's Times Square.

"He put one on each wrist," Sinins said. "He did this for his protection. He could also harness the power. He wandered the streets of Manhattan, touching people, because he had the power to cure people from AIDS, because he had the power to cure them." According to the Gothamist, Sinins said that the young man "believed Mr. Castro's testicles were demons, and that by pulling them out, everything would be right with the world."

He added that Seabra told police how and why he killed his boyfriend: because "he thought what he had done was right." Sinins argued that Seabra is not guilty because he had a sudden outburst of insanity and that he should be committed to a psychiatric institution.

Prosecutors countered that the model has a hot temper and is a gold digger who realized his relationship with Castro was coming to an end. According to them, Castro was flying Seabra to New York City in January of last year so he could get work through a Manhattan modeling agency.

"He wanted to pursue a career in modeling," said Assistant District Attorney Maxine Rosenthal. "He want to be famous and make money. He also wanted nice things: clothes, electronics, gifts for his family. He wanted to eat in nice restaurants. When Carlos Castro showed up in Renato Seabra's life, he saw a means to an end and he got on board."

During the trip, Castro became more cautious with what he bought for the young man, especially after he caught Seabra with a group of women. Castro soon booked his lover a flight to leave early and made it clear that their relationship was over, according to Rosenthal.

On Jan. 7, the two men got into a vicious fight over the end of their relationship, prosecutors argued. Seabra attacked Castro and beat him over the head with a computer monitor and then stomped on him until he died.

"This anger came from the end of a relationship with Carlos Castro," Rosenthal said. "He knew he was beating, stomping and mutilating Carlos Castro. And he knew it was wrong."


  • Zach , 2012-10-10 02:01:24

    Wtf did I just read? 0_o

  • gdhamf, 2012-10-10 04:18:39

    I agree, wtf did I just read? this is some crazy shit!

  • , 2012-10-10 13:04:45

    Ah, another example of why dating way out of your age group is a really bad idea.

  • , 2012-10-10 13:19:16

    "Dating out of your agae group"? Crazy people come in all shapes, sizes and age bracket...

  • Alex Blodgett, 2012-10-10 16:07:22

    It has nothing to do with age range. It more so about "MATURITY"! Maturity is a psychological term used to indicate how a person responds to the circumstances or environment in an appropriate manner. This response is generally learned rather than instinctive, and is not determined by one’s age. Maturity also encompasses being aware of the correct time and place to behave and knowing when to act appropriately, according to the situation and the culture of the society one lives in.[1] Adult development and maturity theories include the purpose in life concept, in which maturity emphasizes a clear comprehension of life’s purpose, directedness, and intentionality which, contributes to the feeling that life is meaningful.[2] Sorry about the copy and paste from From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This matter could go anyway, I’m not there to see the trial. Nor has anyone known how this relationship is, maybe a slight few. In my opinion, it’s easier to just say something like this to satisfy the masses. To get a less harsh sentence. Not to mention, he’s how old? What experience in life does this young man have? Another life was lost and a young man has now entered the justice cycle. Whatever happens next in his life the experiences in areas where he and others have to travel next. Will be places that most people disgust!

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  • , 2012-10-11 11:01:05

    "Ah, another example of why dating way out of your age group is a really bad idea." Oh I see, blame the victim for someone beating and mutilating him to death. Nice logic.

  • Oh Jed said:, 2012-10-11 12:39:16

    Interesting logic. That’s like saying rape is another reason women should all wear burqas.

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  • On His Own, 2012-10-14 09:41:41

    One has to be pretty deranged to do such a sick thing. He needs help...then serve time in jail for this horrible act...but please give this man some he never performs such a heinous crime again...whether he’s in or out of jail.

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