The discovery of three bodies shot in a flat on Calle Serrano in Madrid surprised police and neighbors alike, but not the families of the victims. In the living room lay a 70-year-old woman and a 53-year-old man; she was a friend who stayed over from time to time, he, Fernando Gonzalez de Castejon, the marquis. In the kitchen was the third dead, Gem (44), aristocrat’s wife, shot in the head. What at first seemed like a settling of accounts has ended up being a self-fulfilling prophecy of sexist violence.

The history of the nobleman -grande of Spain, Count of Atarés and Marquis of Perijá- with justice has always been related to women, specifically those he mistreated. In 2009 he was denounced for mistreating his sister and mother and a restraining order was imposed on him. Years later, in 2018, the Police acted ex officio and arrested him for mistreatment of Gema, the woman he ended up killing, but she withdrew the complaint and they lived together again. She currently she did not have any injunction.

His behavior, however, did not change over time. It was known in the neighborhood that Fernando was a complicated man, given to sudden anger and bizarre and violent behavior both within the family and with the other residents of the block. At nightfall it was common to find him in the courtyard of the building, hunting shotgun in handshooting pellets at drums and target boxes.

[El marqués Fernando González mata a su mujer, a una amiga y se suicida en el crimen de Serrano]

The National Police, which is investigating the case as a sexist crime, believes that it was the man who shot and killed his wife, then the 70-year-old woman, and finally committed suicide with the same nine-millimeter pistol that was found lying next to him. feet. It is just one of the vast collection of weapons that the Marquis kept in his house, as well as photographs of nazi and fascist symbology. The neighbors remember him, as he already advanced this newspaper, singing the face the sun, waving a Francoist flag and threatening the rest of the residents. The couple has a 10-year-old daughter.

Gema, they say on the block, lived scared. They say that she came home at night, after visiting her daughter in Paris -she was on a trip with a friend’s family-, and she would have done it accompanied by her friend precisely because feared a backlash of her husband, always according to the story of the neighbors.

Fernando González de Castejón and Jordán de Urríes

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Fernando González de Castejón was relatively well known for his time in the media in 2015, when he explained his situation with Banco Madrid, where he had trapped 740,000 euros. Two years ago, during confinement, he was one of the leaders of the caceroladas in the Salamanca neighborhood against the restrictive covid policies promoted by the Government of Spain.

The investigation

The thesis that has gained more strength in recent hours is that the suicide occurred on Monday morning and the double homicide the night before, when several neighbors noticed loud noises on the 1ºC floor that the couple shared. “As if they were throwing furniture,” they commented in statements to EL ESPAÑOL. But no one called the police.

It was not until the next morning that the doorman of the building saw something strange. He was on a route through the inner courtyard where Fernando was practicing with the shotgun and he saw, at the level of the first floor, what seemed to be a body lying on the kitchen floor. The agents entered the building at the edge of the 10:00 a.m. on Monday, armed with protective shields and smashing the door down. Once inside, they found that the three people were dead.

In one of the rooms there was a display case with various firearms, ammunition and silencers, including several shotguns. Currently, it is being investigated whether the Marquis had a license to keep them there, although several neighbors assure that he was a regular hunter. Group V of Homicides is in charge of the investigation of the facts, which is still open.

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J. A. Allen

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