Karate expert Jorge Beltrao Negromonte, his wife Isabel Pires and his mistress Bruna da Silva, lured the women to their house with the promise to work as a nanny.
According to the police, the trio then killed their victims and used the flesh to make stuffed pastries known as empanadas that they sold to neighbours in Pernambuco in the northeastern part of the country. Negromonte was said by police to have had a 50-page book with details and drawings of cannibalism.
Details of the horrific crimes emerged last week after officers came across a 50-page book belonging to Da Silveira, which included drawings and details of cannibalism. Police have found two bodies in the garden of a house belonging to the group.
They believe the bodies found could be those of Alexandra Falcao and Gisele da Silva, who were reported missing in the area recently. The two women were reportedly seen near the house of the suspects shortly before they disappeared. The killings mirror those of the fictional barber Sweeney Todd who slit the throats of his victims in his shop in Fleet Street.