Ghost' Prompts Murder Brains To Surrender
BAGUIO CITY-Dead men surely tell no tales. But in some cases, they are said to come back and haunt their killers into confession of the crime.
Such is the case of Evelyn Bueno, a 35-year-old widow, who walked into local police headquarters with the confession she had her businessman husband killed for constantly beating her up and maltreating her two kids by another man.
Leopoldo Bueno, 45, was gunned down by unidentified men on the night of Feb. 5 near their home in Barangay Asin, Benguet. Police had no clues about the killers-until Evelyn told her story to Supt. Isagani Nerez, regional chief of the Police Criminal Investigation Group in Benguet.
Nerez said Bueno recounted how Leopoldo's ghost possessed her sister-in-law twice and on both times confronted her, asking "Why did you do this to me?"
She also told probers that after contacting a hired gun, she had a change of mind but it was too late to stop the killing.
On the evening of Feb. 5 the killers positioned themselves in an ambush point near the Bueno home and instantly opened fire when their target, Leopoldo, arrived at dawn.
Since then Leopoldo's ghost is said to be haunting his widow.
It apparently even followed Evelyn up to the CIDG offices when she went there with her sister-in-law to deliver her confession.
Nerez observed that the sister-in-law's facial expressions and movements suddenly changed. The ghost-possessed woman also pointed to Evelyn's lawyer, Thomas Rocky Balison, warning him that it would be following up the case.
"The spirit of the slain businessman is very strong; he can even communicate with other people using other medium," Nerez said, optimistic that the hired gunmen would soon be arrested.
As this developed, police reported yesterday the arrest of three members of the so-called "Bonnet" gang including a former operative of the Economic Intelligence and Investigation Bureau (EIIB) who, according to witnesses, is involved in the killing of Leopoldo Bueno.
Baguio City Police director Supt. Romeo Espiritu identified the suspects as Ben Ventura, 23; Allan Tudlong, 34 and Emilio Andiso, 31, all married and natives of Mountain Province. Andiso was a former operative of the EIIB in the Cordillera.
The three were tagged as suspects in a series of robbery hold-up incidents in Baguio City and nearby La Trinidad in Benguet.
Police authorities also suspected they were involved in agaw-armas, bukas kotse, pick-pocketting, and fake gold vending. Authorities confiscated two (2) cal. .45 colt pistol, one (1) cal. 9 mm pistols and one paltik caliber .357 revolver Smith and Wesson, several rounds of ammunition, one green bonnet and a black packaging tape which were reportedly used by the group in their criminal activities.
Police Chief Inspector Jimmy A. Catanes who led the succesful operation against the three said that suspect Andiso was also positively identified by a witness as the triggerman in the murder of businessman Leopoldo Bueno."
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