'Black Widower': Killer dissolved wife, her two sisters and his lover in acid, wrote letters posing as them

The 62-year-old was arrested earlier this month and held in pre-trial custody after being accused of four murders that go back 25 years


                            'Black Widower': Killer dissolved wife, her two sisters and his lover in acid, wrote letters posing as them
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An alleged killer known as the "Woman Eater" has been accused of murdering his wife, her two teenage sisters, and another lover. He is believed to have dissolved their bodies in acid. The man, Vasile Lavric, aka Romania's "Black Widower" is believed to have written letters posing as his missing victims in an attempt to convince their families that they were still alive. The 62-year-old was arrested earlier this month and held in pre-trial custody after being accused of four murders that go back 25 years in the city of Radauti. Around six years ago, he was first detained for the disappearance of his wife Nicoleta and her two teenage sisters, before the investigation was dropped. 

During this time, his girlfriend Aurica Bodnarescu had insisted that he was innocent and had nothing to do with the disappearances. She had also shared that the missing sisters had been taunting them from abroad over all the trouble caused by their disappearance. 

It has now come to light that Aurica, who is the mother of his two children, also vanished without a trace earlier this year. It is believed that she too met the same tragic end as the other women. Lavric's first alleged murder had taken place in 1995 and was of his sister-in-law Luliana Lordache who was just 16 at the time. It is alleged that she had been having a sexual relationship with her sister's husband, who at the time was 37. Ten years later in 2005, he then allegedly killed his wife Nicoleta, 31, who had continued to live with him for five years even after he had attacked her with a hammer.

Around two months after Nicoleta had vanished, Lavric allegedly killed her other sister Ramona, 18. As per reports in Romania, Ramona had given birth to his child after an extramarital affair. It is also been stated that Lavric had allegedly sent his mother-in-law fake letters claiming to be her missing daughters. 

The letters claimed that the sisters were in Germany and had been looking for work and that they would send money when they could. While Lavric was a suspect in their disappearance, the police were unable to find any evidence that they were harmed. In 2013, the case was passed onto prosecutors in Bucharest after which his house was raided but there was no trace of the women. Lavric had been held in custody for more than four months in 2014 and had also been tried for attempted murder over the hammer attack on Nicoleta. 

However, the murder case was eventually dropped until new evidence emerged this year after Aurica also vanished. The prosecutors believe that he had burned down the women's bodies before disposing of them in acid or caustic soda post which he dumped the remains in a lake. The murders had gone undetected for years as the mother of the three sisters Camelia Lordache delayed reporting them missing until her third daughter had vanished.

A police spokesman said, "When we checked these letters supposedly from Germany, we found that they all had a postage stamp from Rădăuți. The woman said she had not realised it needed a German stamp if it had come from Germany."

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