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Brazilian Au Pair Charged With Twisted Murder Involving Her Boss and a Fetishist Stranger

Brazilian Au Pair Charged With Twisted Murder Involving Her Boss and a Fetishist Stranger

A Virginia decide on Monday observed the evidence compelling adequate to deliver forward the situation in opposition to a 24-12 months-previous au pair charged with killing a man past year who experienced just killed her employer.

But that&#8217s about as straightforward as the situation from Juliana Peres Magalhaes gets, and it&#8217s not 50 % the tale.

According to Magalhaes, a Brazilian countrywide, she left the Herndon residence of Brendan and Christine Banfield, exactly where she was a live-in au pair, at about 7:30 a.m. on February 24, 2023, with the Banfields&#8217 4-calendar year-previous daughter in tow. According to WTOP, she was getting the very little female to the Nationwide Zoo in DC.

But Magalhaes turned close to and went again, she said, mainly because she&#8217d overlooked their lunches, WRC claimed. When she acquired back to the home, she located a odd vehicle and experimented with to connect with Christine Banfield, who didn&#8217t answer. Then she telephoned Brendon Banfield, a prison investigator for the IRS.

He rushed to the house, and the two entered a 2nd floor suite, the place, they claimed, they discovered a stranger had attacked Christine, stabbing her a number of situations. Brendon shot the stranger with his service weapon, but he was nevertheless alive, so he instructed Magalhaes to go get a further gun from a gun safe and sound in the toilet so they could shoot him yet again. She did, and she shot the male, later on discovered as Joseph Ryan, in the chest, WTOP explained.

Juliana Peres Magalhaes/Fairfax County Police Department and Christine Banfield/handout

Detectives started investigating and discovered that Ryan, 39, experienced been contacted by Christine Banfield &#8212 or someone pretending to be her &#8212 through a intercourse fetish web-site. But mates and spouse and children stated the communications they identified in Banfield&#8217s title didn&#8217t match up with the Christine Banfield they knew, foremost detectives to question if an individual other than Banfield experienced established up the meeting in between her and Ryan for that early morning.

Detectives finally arrested Magalhaes in October 2023 on costs of second diploma murder and use of a firearm in a felony. Prior to the arrest, they returned the scene and found shots of Brendan Banfield and the au pair in the bedroom Banfield as soon as shared with his spouse, as properly as Magalhaes&#8217s lingerie. Magalhaes denied they were getting an affair.

&#8220I suspected from the really commencing — and I went to the scene of that double murder — that there was going to be a large amount of twist and turns to this investigation. The twists and turns are nevertheless on likely,&#8221 Fairfax County Police Main Kevin Davis stated through the training course of the investigation, WRC reported.

&#8220It&#8217s my expectation that we will ultimately be capable to maintain more than just 1 human being accountable for this crime.&#8221

In court docket on Monday, they introduced proof that Banfield and the au pair had long gone to a shooting array with each other twice in the weeks ahead of the capturing, and that Banfield experienced returned and bought a Glock &#8212 the a person Magalhaes applied to shoot Ryan.

But Banfield took the Fifth Modification on nearly every question questioned of him in courtroom on Monday, right after his legal professional explained to the decide he would do so to avoid incriminating himself. At just one issue, he even declined to say whether or not he was married to Christine Banfield at the time of the shooting.

So considerably, no one has been billed in Christine Banfield&#8217s loss of life. A grand jury is envisioned to acquire up the situation afterwards this thirty day period.

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[Featured image: Photo of Juliana Peres Magalhaes and Brendan Banfield by the widower’s bed after the murder/Fairfax County Police Department]