Benito Torres
Ethnicity Mulatto
Born ca. 1913

September 1938 (aged 25)
Palma Soriano, Cuba

Cause of death Suicide
Parents Jesus Marquez (stepfather)
Attack information
Date September 19, 1938
Location(s) Palma Soriano, Cuba
Target(s) Family
Killed 10
Injured 1
Weapon(s) Shotgun

Benito Torres was a Cuban who killed ten members of his family and wounded another in Palma Soriano, Cuba on September 19, 1938.

Torres, a 25-year-old mulatto with a criminal record, had been driven from the farm of his stepfather Jesus Marquez after a quarrel. On the night of September 19 he returned, armed with a shotgun and a machete, set fire to the house and then shot his mother and two others when they ran outside. Out of bullets he proceeded to hack the other occupants of the building with his machete and then escaped.

By that time Torres had killed his mother, stepuncle, three sisters, aged 10, 14, and 16, and three brothers, aged 2, 5, and 18. He also gravely wounded a 7-year-old sister of his, as well as two brothers aged 3 and 14. Two of them succumbed to their injuries on September 22, and the third was not expected to survive. Jesus Marquez was not at home at the time of the attack.

Sought by an army detachment Torres eventually committed suicide by hanging. His body was discovered on September 23.[1][2][3][4][5]


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