Who is Alberto Sanchez Gomez? Killer who ate, fed dog mom’s body given 15 years
After a friend raised concerns about the welfare of Maria, detectives found parts of the victim's remains in Tupperware containers in their fridge and bones in drawers around the family home
A convicted cannibal who killed his mother, cut her up into 1,000 pieces, and then ate parts of her body, while feeding some of it to his dog, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Alberto Sanchez Gomez, 28, of eastern Madrid, Spain, who was arrested in 2019 after police found body parts around his 68-year-old mother's home, stashed in plastic containers, will now serve 15 years for murder and a further five months for the desecration of a corpse. He has also been ordered to pay his brother $73,000 in compensation for his mom’s loss after the court rejected his claims that he was having a psychotic episode during the gruesome slaying.
'Cannibal of Las Ventas'
According to reports, the unemployed waiter, who has been dubbed the “Cannibal of Las Ventas” claimed in April that there were voices in his head telling him to kill Maria Soledad Gomez, the victim, as they were watching TV, back in 2019. Madrid’s Audiencia Provincial court heard that the voices were alleged to be those of neighbors, acquaintances, and celebrities. He also insisted he didn’t remember cutting up his mom or eating her remains.
Alberto, then aged 26, had strangled his mother during a dispute. After a friend raised concerns about the welfare of Maria, detectives found parts of the victim's remains in Tupperware containers in their fridge and bones in drawers around the family home. Apparently, Alberto had been eating her “bit by bit” with his pet dog over a fortnight. Her body had been cut up into more than 1000 tiny pieces. When investigators made a welfare check on the house which was shared by Alberto and his mother, they said that after opening the door, Alberto said, “Yes, my mother is in here, dead." After letting them into his home, he added: “Me and the dog have been eating her bit by bit.”
Was Alberto Gomez 'psychologically disturbed'?
According to the indictment, “The accused transferred his mum’s body to the bedroom and put it on the bed with the aim of making her body disappear. To do that he cut her up using a carpenter’s saw and two kitchen knives. Once he had cut her body up he would eat bits of it from time to time over a period of around a fortnight, putting some of the parts of her body in Tupperware containers around the apartment and in the fridge and throwing others away in plastic bags.” Alberto consumed some of his mother’s body parts raw while cooking other pieces.
Before the court dismissed claims by defense attorneys that their client was “psychologically disturbed” at the time of the slaying, Alberto reportedly told the court he was “very repentant” for strangling his mother and eating parts of her body. “I suffer anxiety from the moment I wake up,” Gomez said. “I think of my mother and I’m absolutely heartbroken.”