“THE DEVIL OF MENDOZA”
Secret behind ‘cruel’ murders of Australian university professor and her sister
Pyrhia Sarusi’s rejection of her son’s sexual desire could have triggered a psychotic sequence of aggression that lead to her murder and the murder of her sister, Australian professor Lily Pereg. In a wide-ranging jailhouse interview, accused killer Gilad Pereg spoke in-depth about his relationship with his mother and family in what medical experts believe could hold the key to understanding the gruesome crime.
court hears disturbing fantasies
Gilad Pereg had a "love-hate" relationship with his mother. The ex-Israeli army officer allegedly contacted an Argentine fertility institute in an unsuccessful attempt to create a child with his mother.
Accused killer in zoo plea
He meows like a cat, licks himself like a cat, and accused killer Gilad ‘Nicolas’ Pereg now wants to be caged in a zoo like a cat. But the “Devil of Mendoza” will remain in isolation after an Argentine court denied a transfer to psychiatric hospital.
THE SISTERS’ FINAL FAREWELL
Australian professor Lily Pereg and sister Pyrhia Sarusi were buried during a private ceremony in Israel as their accused killer, “The Devil of Mendoza,” prepares to face an Argentine court next week.
EXCLUSIVO: Así fueron las últimas horas de las turistas israelíes asesinadas en Mendoza
El sábado 12 de enero, las hermanas Lily Pereg y Pyrhia Sarusi tomaron un café en pleno centro de la ciudad de Mendoza. Poco después, Nicolás "Gil" Pereg las pasaría a buscar y ya no se las volvería a ver a las mujeres con vida. El lunes 14 de enero, con presuntos síntomas de angustia, Nicolás "Gil" Pereg llevó a la policía al café donde su madre, Lily Pereg, de 54 años, y su tía Pyrhia Sarusi (63) compartieron dos días antes su última comida antes de desaparecer.
DEVIL OF MENDOZA MEOWS LIKE A KITTEN
The “Devil of Mendoza” meowed like a kitten in an Argentine court as he was denied bail for the alleged murder of Australian professor Lily Pereg and her sister, Pyrhia Sarusi. Gilad ‘Nicolas’ Pereg is facing charges of double aggravated homicide after results of an initial psychiatric assessment suggested there were no features of mental illness that would prevent him going to trial.
EXCLUSIVE: INSIDE THE SQUALID COMPOUND
Images from inside the compound of Gilad ‘Nicolas’ Pereg reveal the full horror that confronted his mother, Pyrhia Sarusi, and aunt, Lily Pereg, the morning of their alleged murder. The makeshift hovel where Pereg lived his hermit-like existence is covered with piles of garbage, junk, and boxes. The images paint a clearer picture of the filth and turmoil at the scene where the sisters were allegedly killed, mutilated and buried.
EXCLUSIVE: CLUES EXPOSED IN MURDER PLOT
In a dusty, old yellow note book is the handwritten record of a loan transaction by Liliana: “9,372 (capital). 1,031 (interest). Dolar (currency). 2/9/14. (Expiration).” The ledger of accused killer Gilad ‘ Nicolas’ Pereg offers a glimpse into the dealings of the ex-Israeli army officer accused of killing his mother, Pyrhia Sarusi and Australian professor, Lily Pereg for what investigators believe are “economic reasons”.
ESCAPE FLIGHT TO ROME
Before Australian professor Lily Pereg and her sister Pyrhia Sarusi arrived in Argentina, the man accused of their murder allegedly booked a one-way flight to Rome for himself and four cats. Gilad ‘Nicolas’ Pereg, charged with the homicide and aggravated homicide of his aunt and mother, had intended to fly to Italy just three days after his family came to visit his Mendoza home, according to investigators. In a wide-ranging interview, Prosecutor Claudia Rios outlined the final moments of the sisters and the aftermath of their death, which investigators believe was a pre-meditated killing.
THE LAST DAY OF LILY PEREG AND PYRHIA SARUSI
With a black eye and in a state of distress, Gilad ‘Nicolas’ Pereg took police to the café where Australian professor Lily Pereg and her sister Pyrhia Sarusi shared one of their last meals. On the morning of the disappearance, the family had breakfast at the Jockey Club Café in downtown Mendoza. Pereg returned just days later with police as part of his alleged act to search for his mother and aunt, maintaining they had gone missing before their bodies were discovered at his squalid compound.
“SHE’S MY MOTHER, IT’S MY RIGHT”
Accused killer ‘Nicolas’ Gilad Pereg asked to see the body of his dead mother, Pyrhia Sarusi, before she and Australian professor Lily Pereg were moved to Buenos Aires for a religious ceremony ahead of their return home. “If you say that it is my mother, would you let me see her?" Pereg asked. “She’s my mother, it’s my right.” Mendoza authorities denied Pereg’s request while he was at police headquarters to receive an upgrade to the charge over the death of his Australian aunt to aggravated homicide.