Like Cleveland Kidnapping Victims, Miami Sisters Were Nearly Saved Only To Continue Suffering

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Courtesy of Miami-Dade Police Dept.
Across the nation, Americans have been gripped by the amazing escape of three young women kidnapped and imprisoned inside a house in Cleveland for a decade.

Here in Miami, the horrific tale happens to bear an eery resemblance to this week's cover story, in which two sisters suffer unspeakable horrors at the hands of their own father, only to survive and seek vengeance.

And as with the Cleveland kidnappings, Miami's 28-year-old murder mystery could have been avoided had luck gone the sisters' way.

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- Miami Cold Case Murder Solved With Recovered Memories

According to news reports, Cleveland Police responded to captor Ariel Castro's house on several occasions -- including after a neighbor reported seeing a naked woman crawling around the yard on a leash -- but did not enter.

Similarly, cops had several chances to catch suspected Miami murderer Jorge Walter Nuñez (aka Rafael Guzman) long before he allegedly killed his partner and her infant daughter.

Nuñez, who already had a criminal record in New York, was arrested shortly after moving to Miami in 1983. But the disorderly intoxication and resisting officer charges went nowhere.

Then, just a few months before he allegedly killed partner Nilsa Padilla and her infant daughter Alicia Guzman-Padilla, Nuñez was pulled over when his converted U-Haul struck an overpass. Again, however, cops had no idea that the man was already sexually abusing his own step-daughter, Bernisa, and would soon go on a murderous rampage.

Because Padilla's dismembered body was never identified, and Alicia's was never found, police had little reason to suspect Nuñez when they arrested him again in 1988 for disorderly intoxication and resisting officer.

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Courtesy of Miami-Dade Police Dept.
Parts of Nilsa Padilla's body washed ashore on Virginia Key
And so it was that when Nuñez was finally caught molesting his own children in March of 1989, his daughters were too terrified that he would be released to tell the truth about the abuse. "If I tell you, will you let my daddy go?" younger child Gloria asked.

Nuñez served just four years in prison. Despite being arrested roughly 50 times in Florida before and after the 1989 arrest, cops never connected him to the two murders until after his 2004 deportation.



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5 comments
drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

Do you know that the same day Elizabeth smart went missing a 5 year old black girl also went missing. Guess which one got more attention.”

 “After the assault on his ex-wife, Castro should be in prison. That is attempted murder, and taking his daughters without custody would have been kidnapping. His ex-wife was probably feared him too much to complain.

This is disturbing.”

j_l_jonathan
j_l_jonathan

why does that matter if a black gurl went missing

solo_uno
solo_uno

@j_l_jonathan

You're absolutely right.


The only point that matters is if/that a girl went missing.

Colour and ethnicity has got nothing to do with this.

But to convey the point you should write 'black' in quotes, or you risk to be taken for one of those illiterate racist morons that you are so brilliantly making fun of... ;-)

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