“I never thought I would be able to go through with it,” said Estibaliz Carranza Zabala, wearing a grey dress and glasses, told the packed courtroom. “It was 3pm. There were children outside; it was nice weather, someone must have heard. I thought the police would come. Then my mobile phone rang. It was the ice-cream parlour, saying they needed me to come over.”
Picture this, a woman dubbed ‘The Ice Cream Killer’ owned a ice cream parlour on a street corner in Vienna, Austria. It had pastel yellow walls and a giant ice cream cone hanging out front. She was born in Mexico but grew up in Barcelona. Eventually, she married an Austrian national named Holger, and it seemed like she had everything sorted in her life.
That is until their acrimonious divorce in 2008 when Holger allegedly refused to leave the marital home. So she shot him with a Beretta handgun, three times in the head – while he was sat at the computer.
Panicked, she hacked his dead body to pieces with a chainsaw, blaming the noise on a new ice cream machine when neighbours inquired. She hid the parts in the parlour’s cellar.
Two years passed with no trouble for Estibaliz, but in 2010 she met someone else. Manfred was an ice-cream machine salesman who we’re sure had plans for a happy life with this woman. Unbeknownst to him, his partner had other plans. She was busy taking courses in shooting and concrete mixing.
Blaming his drinking problem and abuse, Carranza testified that she shot him in frustration while he slept one night.
‘He turned his face to the wall and started snoring… I was so angry. I had the gun under the mattress. I took it out, loaded and shot.’ She told the court during her trial in 2012.
She disposed of his body in a similar fashion to her ex-husband’s.
Then in 2011, plumbers were called to the ice-cream parlour to repair a problem in the cellar. They discovered more than they bargained for and called the police. Carranza fled to Italy but was caught. As reported by The Daily Mail.
She was sentenced to life-imprisonment for her deeds. Funnily enough, she was pregnant by another man when she was thrown in prison. Her son now lives with her parents in Spain.
Now, The New York Post claims she’s being moved from the women’s penitentiary she was held at for the last four years to a men’s prison in Asten, Upper Austria.
Rumour is, she’s just too dangerous for an all women’s set up. We think it’s probably the men who should be worried; she doesn’t seem to be a fan of the ‘Y’ chromosome.
A psychiatric report commissioned by the court said that Carranza, now in a unit for the ‘mentally abnormal,’ was dangerous and was like a ‘princess’… who just wants to be ‘rescued’ by a man’.
Look out, guys.