Long prison terms for Brazilian pastor and her children
A mother of 55 years has made her husband’s murder a family affair
A spectacular murder trial in Brazil that revolves around religion, celebrity and politics: A pastor, former MP and mother of 55 must go behind bars for inciting the murder of her husband – along with some of her children. The murder was kind of a family affair.
She must be behind bars for half a century: Brazilian pastor, gospel singer, former parliamentarian and mother, 55-year-old Flordelis dos Santos, allegedly incited her own children to murder her husband.
Flordelis dos Santos de Souza (61) is a celebrity in Brazil. The former deputy has not only 55 children – biological and adopted. She is also a prominent gospel singer, church planter – and is believed to have ordered the murder of her preacher husband. He has now been in prison for 50 years and 28 days, Brazilian media reported on Sunday – after one of the most sensational crimes and trials in Brazil’s history.
Anderson do Carmo († 42) was the name of her husband, who was murdered in 2019 and was also significantly younger than Flordelis. Flordelis tried six times to poison him with potassium cyanide. Then she hired hitmen – her own family. In June 2019, Do Carmo was shot about 30 times while returning home. Sagittarius: one of his sons.
The assassination plot was somewhat of a family affair. Flordelis’ co-defendant, her daughter Simone Rodrigues, was sentenced to more than 31 years for her role in the attempted murder of her father. Son Flavio, who fired the murder weapon, was sentenced to 33 years in prison last year. And his adopted brother Lucas Cezar got seven years in prison for helping to buy the murder weapon. Four other people are also involved, including one of Flordelis’ biological and adopted sons. Two of Flordelis’ other children and a granddaughter were acquitted of murder and attempted murder.
The main defendant protested in court that he knew nothing about the crime. It was apparently done by people who wanted to protect them from alleged sexual and physical abuse by an evangelical minister. Meanwhile, the court considers the sixty-one-year-old man to be the mastermind of the act, which was supposed to look like a failed robbery. In the beginning it was about money. The victim “strictly managed the family fund” and treated certain family members “preferentially.” It was also said to be about power over the jointly founded evangelical church community Ministerio Flordelis.
Flordelis, who gave the church its name, came from the Favela slum in Rio. She met Do Carmo, 16 years her junior, when he was still a teenager. The couple later founded their church together. The pastoral couple became really famous for their huge family of 55 children, most of whom were adopted.
Flordelis also enjoyed singing in her nine churches and was considered a devoted mother in the country. This catapulted her into politics. In the 2018 Brazilian parliamentary elections, she received more votes than any other candidate in Rio. According to the investigators, she planned the liquidation of Do Carmo as a member of parliament. She was stripped of parliamentary immunity in June 2021. The path to Brazil’s century was clear. (bag)