A wife dubbed the ‘Black Widow’ accused of the slaughter of her wealthy husband and his two children has been seized by police in Mexico after three years on the run.
Berenice Alanis is said to have ordered the triple shooting to secure a GBP-16-million family inheritance.
The three were gunned down at a gym owned by the family in Mexico City in a bloody execution on 5th April, 2019.
Multimillionaire businessman Jacobo Quesada, from Hidalgo state, and his two children – Patricia, 24, and 25-year-old Jacobo Jr – died in the bloodbath.
Alanis was arrested at an exclusive hotel in the seaside resort city of Acapulco on Wednesday, 20th July.
She had already been charged with murder by prosecutors in Mexico City in December 2019.
Alanis had first been arrested immediately after the massacre, but a judge later ordered her release and she then fled.
Local media reported at the time that she had spirited away her late husband’s high-end car collection following her release.
The authorities are now investigating whether she used the money from the vehicles to fund her three years on the run from the law.
Jacobo had met Alanis in 2003 when he had hired her as a housekeeper. They soon embarked on a romantic relationship and later got married.
But things turned sour when Alanis allegedly cheated on Jacobo and the businessman decided to remove her from his will.
The shootings took place shortly afterwards.
Jacobo owned several properties and his fortune was estimated at MXN 400 million (GBP 16.2 million).
It was on the night of 5th April, 2019, when Jacobo and his children were at the gym in Gustavo A. Madero, Mexico City, when Alanis arrived to exercise.
Moments after Jacobo had posted a photo of Alanis dressed for her workout on social media, an armed man entered the premises and shot Jacobo and his children.
Police released an identikit of the killer following the triple shooting, but he has never been caught.
Following her new arrest, Alanis was transferred to Mexico City and will be remanded in custody at the Santa Martha Acatitla women’s prison following a medical examination.