Killer Dentist Who Massacred His Family Dies

Story ByAna LacasaSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyCentral European News

A man who killed his wife, two daughters and mother-in-law before spending a night with his lover in a hotel has died of respiratory failure aged 83 after living on the streets when he was released from prison.

The former dentist, Ricardo Barreda, spent years walking around the streets homeless after his release from jail, reportedly talking to himself, and he has now died of a “respiratory failure”.

Shortly before his death he had been taken into a geriatric residence in the city of Jose C. Paz in the eastern Argentinian province of Buenos Aires.

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He became one of the country’s most notorious criminals after committing the brutal quadruple femicide on 15th November, 1992.

Barreda killed his wife Gladys McDonald, 57, his two daughters, Cecilia, 26, and Adriana, 24, and his mother-in-law, Elena Arreche, 86.

According to official reports, after the brutal killing, Barreda threw the murder weapon, a rifle, in a stream and went to a hotel with his lover.

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Later he called the police himself to report the crime and confessed before the deputy commissioner.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1995 and spent 18 years in the prison of Gorina before being granted conditional freedom.

With no money and no job, he ended up on the streets where he was spotted wandering alone and talking to himself, mostly incomprehensibly. He was also constantly followed by people who would photograph him because of his notoriety.

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During a moment of lucidity, he was interviewed by a journalist who tracked him down who said he felt “very regretful” over the murders, but that he did not want to “stir up the past” by saying too much again.

An anonymous source that knew Berrada said: “He was generally in a bad state, he suffered from a respiratory failure. He was only partially lucid at the end.”

There have been no reports in local media suggesting he died of coronavirus.

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Ana Lacasa

I am a senior writer and journalist and editor of the Spanish desk for the Central European News agency.

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