Aída Curi's mysterious murder scared Rio in the 1950s
On July 14, 1958, the late 1950s, the young Aída Curi suffered a session of psychological abuse and physical torture in a duplex in Copacabana, southern Rio de Janeiro. At the time, the case was heavily exploited by the press, mainly because the crime did not have a stated reason for it.
Aída Curi was the daughter of Syrian immigrants, 18 years old and living in Gávea at the time of the crime, but had spent her entire childhood in a nuns' college. At the time, Aída was working with her brother in a shop and was taking courses in Copacabana - typing, Portuguese and English.
On that day, for no reason, Aída Curi was lured into the apartment where the crime occurred on Avenida Atlantica and was cruelly murdered by the young middle-class Cassio Murilo and Ronaldo Castro. The two still had help from the concierge, Antonio Souza.
To cover up the crime, the three threw Aida out of the duplex to simulate suicide. But the experts found scrapes on Aída's thighs, belly and neck, as well as bruises on her arms and wrists, showing a body struggle between her and the killers, as well as an attempt to strangle and sexually abuse.
After the crime had its killers exposed, it was discovered that the two belonged to the misplaced youth movement (the young rebels of the 1950s), and at first had no real reason to be committing the crime.
The future after crime
During the trial, the defendants were convicted, but the defenders succeeded in exonerating Ronaldo and Antônio, condemning only Cassio Murilo who, as a minor, was eventually cleared.
Some time later, in a third trial, they condemned Ronaldo Castro who, after serving his sentence, became a successful businessman. Cassio became a military man, but was assassinated around 1978. The Aída Curi case became another fraction of the feminicide situation in Brazil. A crime that was incorrectly judged and exploited by the press, which even published photos of the body of the young woman lying on the floor of Copacabana.