Good afternoon all! Hope everyone is doing great. On today's episode we covered another vintage crime that is one of the most well known in Brazil: the murders at the Little Castle on Apa Street. This building is known for being haunted and was left in disrepair for several years until the state started working to restore it back to its glory.
The castle was built in 1912 by Virgílio Guimarães dos Reis for his wife Maria Cândida Guimarães. The couple had two sons, the lawyers Álvaro and Armando (the family is pictured above). On May 12th, 1937 the bodies of Maria Cândida, Álvaro and Armando were found in the castle next to a nine millimeter pistol. The crime itself remains unsolved but police speculated that Álvaro had killed both his mother and brother and then killed himself. The medical examiners, however, had a different theory in mind.
In 1988, the movie Fogo e Paixão (FIre and Passion) with legendary Brazilian actress Fernanda Montenegro (pictured above) was taped in the building, but shortly afterwards the castle was officially abandoned by the state. It served as shelter for homeless people for a certain period of time, until the NGO Clube de Mães do Brasil was given the right to use the building in 1996 thus starting its renovation project. The castle was opened to the public in April 2017 when the renovations were finalized and now serves as a community center to help homeless people, mothers, drug addicts, children and as a social services center.
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