Monday, November 29

The hunt for Antonio Angles is still alive after 29 years of the Alcàsser crime, “a punishment for a generation of women”

29 years have passed since the crime in Alcàsser (Valencia) and the search for the fugitive Antonio Angles continues. Today it is impossible to know if Antonio Andamientos is alive or dead. In fact, the Fugitives Section of the General Police Station of the Judicial Police has obtained permission from the Court of Instruction number 6 of Alzira, which directs the investigation of the triple crime of Alcàsser, to start an informative campaign at the European level requesting citizen collaboration to locate the fugitive.

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The murder of Toñi, Miriam and Désirée shocked Valencian and Spanish society and started a toxic news coverage that has accompanied the crime of Alcàsser, for which only Miguel Ricart was convicted, and which also amplified a conspiracy theory that it was not supported by any side. The father of one of the victims and an alleged criminologist came to broadcast images of the autopsy of one of the girls in the program Tonight we cross the Mississippi of Tele 5, directed by Pepe Navarro, among other tricks for which they were convicted. In the competition for the audience, the televisions gave a news coverage that has gone down in the history of infamy.

Two Valencian journalists, Genar Martí and Jorge Saucedo, have given a boost to the search for Angles after the publication of the book The fugitiu (Vincle, 2018). The exhaustive journalistic investigation, which reviews the unusual flight of Angles, discovered unpublished clues about the escape in which the Civil Guard was on the heels of the co-perpetrator of the crime. The two journalists testified before the fugitive section of the National Police and the Alzira magistrate.

He stowed away on the City of Plymouth freighter to Dublin Port, where he lost track of it for good.

One of the popular accusations in the case of the triple crime has provided an expert report, based largely on the book, which traces the journey of Angles from the Valencian town of Catarroja to Lisbon, where he stowed away on the freighter City of Plymouth towards the port of Dublin, where the track is definitely lost.

“The fundamental novelty was the unpublished testimony of Captain Kenneth Farquharson Stevens, who had only testified before the Liverpool police,” journalist Genar Martí explains to “Talking with him was very interesting because he had many memories and good memories of what happened,” he adds. Once located by the crew, the stowaway managed to escape on the high seas to later be rescued and locked in a cabin from which he could only flee for the second time, near the port of Dublin, with the help of a crew member, according to the Captain’s testimony.

“On the part of the Spanish authorities it was not deepened and what we did 25 years after the escape should have been done hot,” says Martí. Angles had the help of his contacts in the underworld, and particularly in the heroin trafficking business of which he was a part, and with his criminal expertise. “The Civil Guard is always in tow,” says Genar Martí.

When he is surrounded in an area between Vilamarxant and Benaguasil, he manages to kidnap a farmer and with his car he manages to reach Portugal where a drug addict welcomes him in exchange for money. Once located by the Portuguese police, the Spanish arrest warrant arrives when Angeles has already stowed away in the City of Plymouth. Near the Irish port you lose track for good.

The shady businesses of the Angles brothers

Is Antonio Angles alive? “It is not possible to know, as there is not a body it is not possible to know if it is alive or dead”, assures the co-author of The fugitiu. In any case, the investigation into his whereabouts is still active in the Alzira court, which has recently ordered the analysis of the hair and hair DNA profiles collected at the scene of the crime and Miguel Ricart’s car, as reported by the newspaper The Provinces.

The journalists also uncovered, in one of the most spectacular chapters of the book, the striking real estate park of Kelly, Angles’ sister, and of several of her brothers, all from an unstructured family traditionally dedicated to crime. The authors of the book had access to a secret report from the Drug and Organized Crime Unit (UDYCO) of the National Police that reviewed Kelly’s travel and banking movements in the United States.

After the revelations of the two journalists, the prescription marker returns to the starting box and, therefore, the search for Angles remains active

“Officially the case prescribes in 2019 because in 2009 is when that diligence is carried out that orders to tap Kelly’s phone and emails,” explains the journalist and writer. When the judge asks for the rogatory commission to Ireland and the United Kingdom, after the revelations of the two journalists, the prescription marker returns to the starting box and, therefore, the search for Angles remains active.

Angles’ brothers Carlos M., Joaquín M. and Roberto M. (the three, like Kelly, changed their media first surname to that of their mother) also staged a trial for extortion, of which they were acquitted, which revealed obscure businesses and numerous companies in his name. The fourth section of the Provincial Court of Valencia sentenced Carlos M. to one year and three months in prison for a crime of illegal possession of weapons, as well as another three years and six months in prison and the payment of a fine of 5,000 euros for a crime against public health.

Carlos M. owned, before selling the companies, Carburantes del Siglo XXI SL (of which he became the sole shareholder after the episode of alleged extortion for which he was tried and acquitted) and Valgrup 2013 Sociedad de Responsabilidad Limitada, a real estate company of the one whose only administrator is her sister Kelly. He also appeared as sole administrator of Restaurante Valencia Canovas SL and Inversiones Bit Fit SL, according to the data contained in the Mercantile Registry. Joaquín M. (known as The Mauri in the 1990s) he was sole administrator and attorney-in-fact of Gasolinera Low Cost Vinaroz SL and currently owns Gasoil Gaso SL and Top Clinic Capilar SL.

“It is sexist violence, it is the prevailing norm”

In parallel to the judicial investigation, the triple crime of Alcàsser has been revived after the broadcast of the Netflix documentary series that recovered archival images of the television trash and the trial that convicted Miguel Ricart. “The television programs of that time did a lot of damage and they also have a lot of responsibility Fernando García [padre de una de las víctimas] and Juan Ignacio Blanco [pseudocriminólogo] who enter that circus with a completely interested performance; they are the promoters that the conspiracy theory has permeated so much, “says Martí.” 29 years have passed and it seems a lie that the father continues to appear on Iker Jiménez’s program, “adds the journalist, who considers that television did of speaker “by the income of the hearing”.

Researcher Nerea Barjola, author of Sexist microphysics of power. The Alcàsser case and the construction of sexual terror (Editorial Virus, 2018) maintains that “unfortunately, the treatment of the news has not changed”. “Stories about sexual danger continue to be constructed that, on the one hand, make detailed descriptions of the sexual torture suffered —but without conceptualizing it as such and, therefore, trivializing it— and, on the other, focus on the attitude of the women. women attacked and their responsibility “, explains Barjola to by email. In fact, in the Netflix series the gender perspective is practically absent.

“Narratives are always built on the basis of the guilt of women, on the trivialization of sexual violence and on the impunity of a social system that allows its existence,” says the feminist researcher. After the crime, there was a kind of parallel trial for the three teenage victims, who ran into their murderers hitchhiking outside a nightclub.

A whole generation of women suffered the consequences of the case in a context in which gender violence did not even have a name in the eyes of the media

“In the Alcàsser crime, the speeches focused attention on the three murdered adolescents, they talked about everything that they should not have done and did, the three girls were judged and by extension the rest of the young women.” A whole generation of women suffered the consequences of the case in a context in which gender violence did not even have a name in the eyes of the media. “Every murder or sexual torture is a language that speaks to us, instructs us, interrogates us,” says Barjola.

“Alcàsser was a political narrative that launched a clear sobering warning: ‘this is what happens to women who take over public space and, if you want to be in public space, you have to face or suffer the consequences.’ This is the punishment for an entire generation, “adds the researcher, who regrets that” the lack of a critical feminist perspective in the way of telling the news produces and reproduces sexual violence. ” “Feminism is the tool that contextualizes sexual violence, gives it a name, puts it in its place, (de) locates it from its terrifying variable and gives it political importance.” Thus, it is not, in the opinion of Nerea Barjola, “an event or an isolated case”. “It is sexist violence, it is the prevailing norm,” he concludes.

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