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    Portuguese TV star slain, castrated at hotel - Yahoo! News


    In this Dec. 1, 2010 photo, Carlos Castro, right, presents an award during the 'Transvestites' Night' show at the Sao Luiz theater in Lisbon, Portugal. The 65-year-old Portuguese television journalist was found castrated and bludgeoned to death in a New York City hotel on Friday, Jan. 7, 2011 and his companion, Renato Seabra, a male model who had recently been a contestant on a Portuguese reality TV show, was in police custody Saturday according to the New York Police Department. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)


    NEW YORK – A celebrity Portuguese television journalist was found castrated and bludgeoned to death in a New York City hotel, and his companion, a male model who had recently been a contestant on a Portuguese reality TV show, was in police custody Saturday.

    Workers at the InterContinental New York Times Square hotel discovered the mutilated body of the 65-year-old journalist, Carlos Castro, in his blood-drenched room at about 7 p.m. Friday.

    He had arrived in the U.S. in late December in the company of his young boyfriend, the model Renato Seabra, to see some Broadway shows and spend New Year's Eve in Times Square, according to a family friend.

    There had been some friction between the two men toward the end of the trip, but nothing to suggest that anything horrible was about to happen, said the friend, Luis Pires, the editor of the Portuguese language newspaper Luso-Americano.

    "I think that they were a little bit upset with each other, for jealousy reasons," Pires told The Associated Press.

    The couple saw the musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," took in the movie "The Black Swan," and were supposed to meet Pires's daughter for dinner Friday when Seabra suddenly emerged in the lobby acting strangely, he said.

    "He told my daughter, 'Carlos will never leave the hotel again,'" said Pires. He said his daughter, distraught, fetched a hotel manager. Security guards opened the door to the room and found the body.

    Seabra left the scene, but was detained by police hours later at a hospital, where he was still being evaluated Saturday. No charges had been filed against Seabra as of Saturday morning, the New York Police Department said.

    Police said the victim suffered serious head trauma. The medical examiner's office will determine the cause of death.

    Seabra was a contestant last year on a Portuguese TV show called "A Procura Do Sonho," or "Pursuit of a Dream," which hunts for modeling talent.

    He didn't win the show but did get a modeling contract with designer Fatima Lopes, who developed the show and was a judge on it.

    Seabra had always been interested in fashion, he told the Independente de Cantanhede newspaper in September

    "I have entered this world, and I don't want to leave it because I see I can be successful," he said.

    Castro was admired in Portugal for his bravery in coming out as a gay man and "revealing the feminine side of his personality," said Rui Pedro Tendinha, a film critic who knew Castro.

    He was a high-profile public figure as a TV personality, Tendinha said.

    "The way he died is causing a big commotion in Portugal," he said.

    "Any death is tragic but this one is especially sad," said Carlos Picarra, the founder of Portugal's Lux and VIP celebrity magazines. "This is hard to understand."

    He called Castro a "very open, ambitious guy" whom he respected.

    Designer Ana Salazar, considered a fashion pioneer in Portugal, recalled Castro's role as one of the country's first social columnists.

    "I was both in his best- and worst-dressed lists in the '80s," she said.

    She said she was shocked by his death.

    "It's like something out of a horror movie," she added.

    A guest at the InterContinental, Suzanne Divilly, 40, told the Daily News she heard the two men arguing in their room during the day Friday.

    "There was a lot of noise, talking," she said. "You could hear them arguing in the corridor and even in our room."

    Another guest, Anthony Hughes, 43, of New Castle, Australia, told the newspaper he saw the woman who had gone to the hotel check on De Castro "screaming hysterically" in the lobby.

    Pires described Castro as having "kind of a Liberace style. Eccentric, but very well-known." He said he had been on Portuguese TV since he was a teenager, had written several books and was friends with the former president of Portugal, Mario Soares.

    The young model and older journalist had been dating each other for a few months, he said.

    "My wife and my daughter were with him for the past three or four days," he said. "My wife told me that he was a very nice kid. Very polite. I think this must have been a crime of the heart."

    "This was a 21-year-old kid, looking for fame. He (Carlos) probably saw him watching girls, or something."

    The death is the second recent slaying in an upscale New York hotel room.

    Swimsuit designer Sylvie Cachay, 33, was found strangled and drowned in a bathtub at the trendy Soho House hotel on Dec. 9. Her boyfriend Nicholas Brooks has pleaded not guilty in her death.

    Brooks, the 24-year-old son of "You Light Up My Life" writer and Oscar winner Joseph Brooks, has been held without bail since his arrest.

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    This story makes me sick. And on a side note, how could the hotel ever rent that room again? Ugh.
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    God that's horrible. Agreed, that room would have to be turned into a janitor's closet or something. Who would want to sleep there?
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    Male model Renato Seabra charged with murder after confession in castration slay of Carlos Castro

    BY Rocco Parascandola, Alison Gendar, Erica Pearson and John Lauinger
    DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS



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    Police believe that model Renato Seabra (right) and gay journalist Carlos Castro (left) had dated for several months before Castro was murdered.


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    Police investigate the crime scene at the Intercontinental Hotel in Times Square Friday night.





    A male model confessed Sunday to killing a gay journalist in a Times Square hotel - and gave cops a twisted explanation of why he sexually mutilated his victim, sources said.

    Renato Seabra, 20, told cops he used a corkscrew to sever 65-year-old Carlos Castro's genitals as a way to cure the older man of his homosexuality, the police sources said.

    Seabra was charged with second-degree murder, police said Monday.

    Seabra and Castro came to New York from their native Portugal and by all accounts were a couple - but Seabra appears unable to admit that, police sources said.

    "He said he did it to get rid of [Castro's] homosexual demons," one of the police sources said.

    Police believe the two men had dated for several months, even though Seabra's family insisted the tanned hunk is straight.

    "My son was not Carlos Castro's lover," Seabra's mother, Odília Pereirinha, told a Portuguese TV station. "From the beginning, he never hid his sexuality, which is heterosexual."

    Castro was a high-profile gay activist and society columnist in his home country.

    Seabra's claim to fame was as a pretty boy contestant on a top model reality show.

    The duo were staying at the InterContinental Hotel since Dec. 29 and hit the town together often, dining and drinking at fancy restaurants, friends said.

    Whatever the nature of their relationship, this much is certain, cops say: Seabra brutalized his victim and left him to die in a pool of blood.

    Detectives briefly questioned Seabra on Sunday at the Bellevue Hospital psychiatric ward, where he is in police custody, the sources said.

    Castro was found dead in his room at the hotel Friday. An autopsy showed Castro died of strangulation and blunt-force trauma to the head.

    Seabra fled the hotel, but was nabbed at Roosevelt Hospital when he sought treatment for cuts to his face and wrists. Investigators believe he may have tried to kill himself.

    Castro paid for the couple's trip to New York to celebrate the new year, but detectives believe Seabra killed his gray-haired lover when he refused to take him on an expensive shopping trip.

    Seabra's mother said her son - whom she described as shy and religious - wasn't capable of such horror.

    "My son, being a golden boy, who is so good, he didn't do this," she said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fgg View Post
    Seabra's mother said her son - whom she described as shy and religious - wasn't capable of such horror.

    "My son, being a golden boy, who is so good, he didn't do this," she said.
    Well, that's good enough for me. Mom's are very objective about these things.

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    Renato Seabra, 20, told cops he used a corkscrew to sever 65-year-old Carlos Castro's genitals as a way to cure the older man of his homosexuality, the police sources said.
    I take it that he did the mutilation prior to killing him? How horrible.


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    Why do they feel the need to refer to him as a GAY journalist???
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