Homicide by the Coast: Who Killed Rocío Wanninkhof?

Murder by the Coast: Who Killed Rocío Wanninkhof?

Netflix’s Homicide by the Coast provides two extra darkish and tragic homicide instances into the streaming service’s expansive true-crime library. This time, the story takes us to Spain in 1999 and 2003, linking the deaths of 19-year-old Rocío Wanninkhof and 17-year-old Sonia Carabantes. When it broke, Wanninkhof’s case obtained in depth and scandalous protection, and the plenty and courts pinned her homicide on one individual: María Dolores “Loli” Vázquez, the previous lover of Wanninkhof’s mom, Alicia Hornos. Whereas the media focused Vázquez, concrete forensic proof ultimately uncovered the precise killer: Tony Alexander King, who was also referred to as the Holloway Strangler in England.

The story started in Oct. 1999 in Costa del Sol. Wanninkhof had left her boyfriend’s home, planning to prepare at residence earlier than assembly up with their pals at a fair in Fuengirola. Wanninkhof, who made her means residence by foot, by no means confirmed up and seemingly vanished. As police and locals looked for her, they discovered just a few clues close to her residence in La Cala de Mijas: tire tracks, bloodstains, and cigarette stubs. A couple of month later, they made a horrifying discovery roughly 30 kilometers down the coast close to Marbella: Wanninkhof’s severely decomposed physique, which was stabbed repeatedly.

The quick suspect was Loli Vázquez, who a cleaner had apparently seen stabbing one among Wanninkhof’s lacking individual posters. The media instantly spun the story, framing Vázquez as a scorned lover. Vázquez had lived with Hornos for 11 years, elevating Hornos’ youngsters as her personal after Hornos and her husband cut up up. The narrative that the press pushed out was that Wanninkhof disapproved of her mom’s relationship with Vázquez, who then took it upon herself to eliminate Wanninkhof, although the 2 ladies had already been separated for 4 years. Vázquez confronted a flurry of homophobia from the prosecutors and the press, however just about no bodily proof tied her to the case. Nonetheless, a jury trial convicted her for murder in 2001.

The police did not catch Wanninkhof’s assassin, Tony Alexander King, till 4 years after her dying. By then, one other tragic killing had taken place — this time, the perpetrator killed 17-year-old Sonia Carabantes in Coín. DNA collected on the Carabantes crime scene matched with the evidence found at the Wanninkhof one, and the profile belonged to a person, not Vázquez. Quickly after, Tony King’s ex-wife got here ahead along with her suspicions about her ex-husband, previously often called Tony Bromwich. Bromwich was convicted of strangling and sexually assaulting five women in London within the ’80s, and was despatched to jail in 1986, however was released in 1993.

In 1997, after spending a number of stints in jail, King threatened a Hungarian scholar, and viewers of the present Crimewatch recognized him once they noticed footage of the assault. After he fled to Spain, the British police really tracked King down in Mijas. They even notified Spanish authorities about King being in Spain, however no one ever formally acted on this information.

Overwhelming DNA proof linked King to the murders, and he was ultimately convicted for each killings and sentenced to 55 years in prison. Whereas formally exonerated following King’s conviction, Vázquez never received any compensation from the Spanish government.


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