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Dossier | The Richthofen Case - The Girl Who Killed Her Parents

October 31, 2002. If you hear the story of a daughter who, together with her boyfriend and his brother, killed her parents, precisely on the 31st, you might think it's another Halloween story in the USA. But it is not.

O Richthofen case refers to the murder, the ensuing investigation and judgment of the deaths of Manfred Albert von Richthofen and Marísia von Richthofen, couple murdered by brothers Daniel and christian cloves, on behalf of the daughter, Suzane von Richthofen.

This is a case that will turn 19 now in October 2021 and still moves the Nation. Even after so long, people still debate whether the Cravinhos brothers were really used by Suzane or if it was another case of Daniel's abuse that led to the murder of Suzane's parents.

But nothing justifies the cruelty of what happened. Before the pandemic, the films were about to premiere in theaters The Girl Who Killed Her Parents and The Boy Who Killed My Parents, directed by Mauricio Eça and with a script by the criminologist Ilana Casoy, from the writer Raphael Montes.

The film adaptation

The Girl Who Killed Her Parents and The Boy Who Killed My Parents arrived at Amazon Prime on September 24, in more than 240 countries and territories. Each feature is approximately 80 minutes long and tells a different point of view of the couple's story. Suzane von Richthofen and Daniel Cravinhos. The scripts are based on information contained in the case file that ended with the conviction of the two for the death of Suzane's parents.

Released simultaneously, the two films show each other's points of view: The Girl Who Killed Her Parents is inspired by Daniel's testimony, and The Boy Who Killed My Parents is based on Suzane's.

Throughout the films, the couple's case and possible motives for committing this atrocity are presented. A real crime drama about one of the most brutal murder cases in the country.

The story

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Suzane and Daniel met in August 1999 and began a relationship shortly thereafter. Both became very close, but the relationship did not have the support of families, especially the Richthofen, who forbade the relationship. Suzane, Daniel and Cristian then created a plan to simulate a robbery and murder the Richthofen couple, so the three could share Suzane's inheritance.

On October 31, 2002, Suzane opened the door of the family's mansion in Brooklin, São Paulo, so that the Cravinhos brothers could access the residence. After that they went to the second floor of the property and killed Manfred and Marísia with hammers to the head.

Also in 2002, Suzane and Daniel shocked Brazil when they pleaded guilty to the brutal murder of manfred and Marisia von Richthofen.


This was one of the most emblematic cases in the country, even though it has already had other repercussions such as the Case of João Acácio Pereira da Costa, known as Red Light Bandit, The Maniac of the Park, among others. But this is from a different time, as the internet already existed as a fixed point and was used by thousands of people around the world to raise their voices.

Thus, due to the interest of the population, the Justice TV network considered broadcasting the judgment live. TV, radio and press stations in general were allowed to capture and broadcast sounds and images of the initial and final moments, but in the end, they were banned.

In addition, more than 5,000 people signed up to occupy one of the 80 seats available in the audience, which often brought down the Court's website.

How long were you in prison?

Suzane and Daniel Cravinhos were sentenced to 39 years and 6 months in prison. Cristian Cravinhos was sentenced to 38 years and 6 months in prison.

What happened to them?


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Andreas was arrested for trying to break into a house in the south of São Paulo (Credit: Reproduction)

According to recent website publication This is (09/30), Andreas, the only heir of the family, Suzane's brother, “focused on a promising academic career: he jumped from his graduation in Pharmacy directly to a doctorate in Chemistry at the University of São Paulo (USP). At the age of 29, in 2017, he was admitted to Hospital do Campo Limpo, in the south of São Paulo, after being approached jumping over a wall of a property in the region of Cracolândia, in the center of the city of São Paulo. This was one of the last records found on Andreas. Apparently having a psychotic break, he was taken to the hospital, where he was admitted and later released."


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Image: G1

Suzane is currently in prison, but can go out with an ankle bracelet to attend Biomedicine classes at a University in the city of Taubaté, as reported by the website G1.

After gaining the right to semi-open status, Suzane entered college after obtaining a grade in the National Secondary Education Examination (ENEM). THE Anhanguera College was contacted by G1 at the time of authorization from the Court and informed that “it deals directly with its students, if necessary, with possible actions regarding their attendance and school performance, as this is a private matter. The institution emphasizes that the student's enrollment was authorized by the Justice and clarifies that it offers everyone equal treatment, as determined by Brazilian law”.

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Image: Luara Leimig/TV Vanguarda

During a period of 6 months, Suzane also dated Rogério Olberg, who recently ended the relationship, according to a publication in Época Magazine (29.09). According to the Magazine, he "put an end to the relationship recently after discovering that she had hidden a bank account with the value of R$ 120 thousand."

Daniel Cravinhos

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Daniel Cravinhos and Alyne exchange vows of love on Facebook/Reprodução social networks

Daniel, one of those responsible for the murder of Suzane's parents, has been serving an open prison sentence since 2018. He married in 2018 biomedical Alyne Bento, the sister of a cellmate.

According to the publication of the Veja magazine “Alyne's parents, Valentino Bento, a mechanic known as Alemão, and prison guard Sumaia Bento, planned to throw a party to celebrate the arrival of their son-in-law, but they gave up on the idea because Alyne has already lost two jobs in clinical analysis laboratories in the capital afterward. that her employers found out she was married to a murderer.”

In 2018, Daniel Cravinhos serves under an open regime, after serving 16 years in prison without incurring serious misconduct and with a record of good behavior.

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Cristian was sentenced again in 2018 to four years and eight months in prison and a 23-day corruption fine after being caught trying to bribe military police officers when he became involved in a bar brawl. He has a son who is trying to nullify Cristian's parturition in court of his documents due to constraints. “I'm ashamed,” he told the court. Cristian's son goes through several problems when he needs to show his documents.


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