Who was Christiane Louise? 'Overwatch' and 'Halo' voice actor murdered, suspect arrested
The man arrested in connection with the murder, Pedro Paulo Goncalves Vasconcellos da Costa, had been staying with Louise while she supported him through an ongoing mental health crisis
A voice actor, who dubbed for Mercy in the Brazilian voiceover for ‘Overwatch’, has been murdered. She was reportedly 49 years old. Fellow voice actor Mário Tupinambá Filho announced her death on August 6, 2021.
While news of her death was made public, it was only later that details emerged about foul play. On August 14, 2021, a source reportedly said that she was murdered in her apartment with a broken chalice. Now, an arrest has been made as well in her murder case.
Who was Christiane Louise?
Louise was born on September 12, 1971, in Rio de Janeiro. She began working in VTI and Art Sound studios in the mid-1990s. Louise, aside from being famous for her ‘Overwatch’ voice-acting, was also known as the person behind the voices of Marge Simpson in the Brazilian dubbed version of ‘The Simpsons’, Cortana in the Brazilian dubbed versions of ‘Halo 3’, ‘Halo 4’, and ‘Halo Reach’, Sivir in ‘League of Legends’, and more.
As per a report in NME, the man arrested in connection with the murder is economist Pedro Paulo Goncalves Vasconcellos da Costa. Costa allegedly murdered Louise in her home, slashing her leg and her neck. Costa had reportedly been staying with Louise while she supported him through an ongoing mental health crisis. The pair were friends and met during 2017 in a psychiatric clinic.
Costa allegedly intended to keep Louise’s belongings and inheritance. The former of which he had already allegedly started moving into his mother’s home, who had aided him. The mother, who is also wanted in connection with the murder, remained at large at the time of writing this. Costa, who is in custody, alleged that he acted in self-defense. However, as per reports, Costa and his mother allegedly spent two days in the house with the body of the actress before hiding her.
The mother, Eliane Gonçalves Vasconcellos da Costa, and another currently unidentified accomplice reportedly helped hide the body. Law enforcement authorities reportedly found the voice actress’ computers and cell phones at Eliane Gonçalves’ house. Costa, 27, was arrested on Friday, August 13 by Brazilian homicide detectives on suspicion of murdering Louise on July 22 in her home. The reported cause of death was multiple stab wounds.
When asked about her disappearance, Costa initially claimed he hadn't spoken to her since June 17, and that she had traveled to Mangaratiba, another area of Rio, with a boyfriend, and would be away for 15 days. Under further interrogation, he confessed to killing her in self-defense because Louise was allegedly "possessed by the devil".
According to Globo, a Brazilian news site, investigators said that Louise was killed inside an apartment in Ipanema, “in the South Zone of Rio, and her body was found in Grumari, in the West Zone.” The website also published graphic details related to the crime.
It reported that Costa claimed he had killed Louise with a broken goblet, first cutting the voice actress’s leg and then the woman’s throat. Louise was found in a vegetated area of Praia de Grumari, in the West Zone. The voice actor’s body was reportedly wrapped in plastic bags and sheets.