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child killer Spanish authorities call for Europe-wide search for serial killer who may have fled to Ireland

Anglés is wanted for the triple murder of the 'Alcàsser girls' in 1992


Angles is understood to have boarded the City of Plymouth in Lisbon, Portugal

Angles is understood to have boarded the City of Plymouth in Lisbon, Portugal

Angles is understood to have boarded the City of Plymouth in Lisbon, Portugal

Spanish investigators hunting a notorious serial killer who fled Spain in the 1990s have called for a Europe-wide effort to find him.

It comes after new information suggests Antonio Anglés may have made it to Ireland after stowing away on a ship.

A court in Alzira has requested a European search is undertaken under fugitive legislation of the General Commissariat of Judicial Police in the country.

Antonio Anglés is thought to have stowed away on a boat in Portugal before either sliding down a rope onto Dublin Dock or jumping from the ship just off the coast of Ireland and swimming to shore.

He was behind the brutal triple murder of the ‘Alcàsser girls’, Miriam García Iborra, Antonia ‘Toñi’ Gómez Rodríguez and Desirée Hernández Folch who were kidnapped, tortured and raped before being murdered while on their way to a nightclub in the town of Picassent, Valencia on November 13, 1992 - although he never faced a court, even though his accomplice did.

Miguel Ricart was sentenced 170 years in prison for the horrific murders, but at the time the maximum anyone could serve in prison could serve was 30 years. He was released after 21 years.

Ricart said that while he carried out the murders Antonio Anglés was with him.

When police examined the scene where the girls were murdered, they found one of Ricart’s gloves and a payslip with the name Enrique Anglés Martins on it.

Martins was the brother of Antonio Anglés.


The 'Alcàsser girls'

The 'Alcàsser girls'

The 'Alcàsser girls'

However, when the Civil Guard went to the home of Anglés, looking for his brother Enrique, Anglés had already fled.

Soon after he went on the run, Anglés dyed his hair pink, and hid in a town in the region of Valencia.

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He was then spotted in two more Spanish towns, and one stage successfully made his way through a police cordon before making his way to Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, in March of 1993.

From there he is believed to have got onto a ship called ‘City of Plymouth’ as a stowaway.

Another theory was that he boarded a ship bound for Brazil, as he had dual citizenship with Spain and Brazil and could have had a Brazilian passport.

Recently however, new information emerged after an officer on board the City of Plymouth who says he recognised Anglés as a stowaway on board the ship from photos shown to him at a Spanish court.

So far, the official account, while unclear, of what happened in the waters off Dublin Port is that a British sailor called Jo Hannegan found a stowaway trying to steal food in the kitchen of the City of Plymouth, which was sailing from Lisbon to Liverpool, at around 2.45am on March 23, 1993, five days after the ship had left Lisbon, which is when Anglés was reportedly in the city.

The sailor apprehended the intruder, and brought him to a cabin which he locked from the outside.

When the boatswain of the ship then returned at 7.30am the same day, he found the detainee had escaped through the window, which led only to the cold seas outside.


The City of Plymouth, which Angles is believed to have boarded before escaping in Dublin

The City of Plymouth, which Angles is believed to have boarded before escaping in Dublin

The City of Plymouth, which Angles is believed to have boarded before escaping in Dublin

The ship then circled looking for the stowaway, who was later found drifting on a raft off the coast of Ireland, after he was seen by a French reconnaissance plane.

He was again taken aboard and held until the ship docked in Dublin at later in the day.

In the evening, when gardaí came aboard to arrest the man, he was found to have escaped again, this time using rope to reach the dock from the cabin window.

There is another theory that the stowaway was not Anglés, but that he had also been on the ship and had simply jumped into the water near the coast and either swam ashore or drowned.

The day after this stowaway incident, a ship found a lifejacket in the water off Ireland with City of Plymouth written on it.

Proponents of this theory suggest Anglés, who was a proficient swimmer, could have made it to the Irish shore.

Two of his former friends from his youth, known as ‘El Calígula’ and ‘El Raulillo’ said Anglés “swam like a fish”.

The killing of the ‘Alcàsser Girls’ shocked Spain to the core, not just because of the murders themselves, but due to the brutal way in which the girls had been raped and tortured.

The disappearance of Anglés has gripped amateur sleuths and police forces across the world, still dumbfounded by the elusive killer’s last movements.

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