Pedro Alonso López, also known as ‘Monster of the Andes’, is one of the largest-scale serial killers in history and his kill count is only second to Luis Garavito.
During incarceration for car theft, López claimed that he was brutally gang-raped at one point in his life and he hunted down said rapists and murdered them in the most brutal way.
After being released from prison is when his murder spree was said to really start though.
His first murder was in 1969 when he was just 21-years-old. His murder spree ran until 2002 when he was finally convicted of just three murders.
He admitted to over 300 murders in total and claimed that by 1978 his collection of victims were in the triple figures. He was abducted by a Native Tribe who had plans to execute him until an American missionary intervened and convinced the tribe to hand him over to authorities, but was soon released, suggestively because there was no evidence to substantiate the claims.
In 1980, he was arrested and led Ecuadorian authorities to the grave sites of 53 of his victims, all young girls around the age of 12. He was found guilty in 1938 for the murder of 110 girls, but further confessed to an additional 240 murders in Peru and Colombia.
On August 31, 1994, the Ecuador government released López, but was re-arrested and handed over to Colombian authorities who charged him with a murder from two decades ago.
He went through psychiatric testing and was held in the psychiatric wing at the Bogotá hospital until 1998 when he was diagnosed as sane. This was followed by him being released on a $50 bail, but he fled and is still a wanted man.
Police say there is a lack of information on the whereabouts of Pedro Alonso López and as of June 2020, he is still wanted by Colombian authorities.
Due to visa restrictions and his high profile name and face, we’re eliminating any means of travel by plane. López also wouldn’t be any further north than Panama due to Costa Rica requiring a visa for Colombian citizens.
Though this isolates him to Panama and below, the search area between there and Southern Argentina is gigantic so without any information leading to whereabouts, he may never be found, providing he is still alive. Lopéz is turning 72 years old on October 8, 2020.