Rage possibly prompted Silawan murder—psychologist

A CCTV footage shows Christine Lee Silawan with the suspect before her murder


A psychologist speculates that extreme anger or rage prompted the murder of Christine Lee Silawan.

Dr. Camille Garcia said it might have stemmed from the suspect’s jealousy, possessiveness, or repressed anger. Repressed anger, Garcia said, might come from being abused as a child.

But there might be individuals with a criminal mind.

“Ito ang mga pang tipong serial killer. Sa kanila, it’s a form of satisfaction when they do something na karumal dumal para sa ibang tao. Sila ang may mga sociopath at psychopath, (These are the serial killer type. For them, it’s a form of satisfaction when they do something abhorrent. These are sociopaths and psychopaths)” Garcia said.

Examination of the victim’s remains, revealed the possible scenario that led to the brutal murder of 16-year-old Silawan.

Based on the autopsy report of the PNP Crime Laboratory Region 7, Christine was stabbed 20 times in various parts of her body.

Dr. Benjamin Lara , chief medico legal of PNP Crime Lab-7 said, “When we examined the victim, visible na ang vertebra niya o backbone ng neck o wala na ang trachea, esophagus, wala na iyong musculature o right side ng neck at dila, (When we examined the victim, her vertebra or the backbone in the neck area is visible. The trachea is gone, espohagus. Her musculature or right side of the neck is also gone).”

Lara also clarified, Christine’s heart, lungs and kidney remained intact. The victim also fought back because of the injuries in her fingers.

“The fact na marami siyang injuries sa kamay and mayroon siyang very deep incision on the left palm, those are sign of struggle na nanlaban o lumaban yung bata, (The deep incision on the left palm are signs of struggle)” he added.

They are also not disregarding the possibility of a post mortem animal predation or the consumption of human flesh by animals.

However, authorities remain puzzled on how carefully the suspect skinned the victim. They also speculate that the suspect has expertise on the matter.

“If this is purposely done, I can say that it is carefully and meticulously done,” Lara said.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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