Who is Elize Matsunaga and where is she now?

NETFLIX has announced one of its most horrifying crime docuseries, exploring the notorious murder of Marcos Matsunaga, who was brutally killed by his wife.  

But who is cold-hearted Elize Matsunaga and where is she now?

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Who is Elize Matsunaga?

Elize Ramos Kitano Matsunaga is serving a life sentence for the murder of Marcos Kitano Matsunaga, her then-husband, on May 19, 2012.

According to website Piaui, Marcus cheated on his first wife with Elize, who he met on a site for escorts, M.Class, where she was advertised as Kelly.

The former nurse reportedly shot her husband multiple times in their Sao Paulo apartment in Brazil, before dismembering his body into a plastic bag and scattering them alongside a nearby road, 20 miles from where the couple lived.

The spine-chilling Netflix series Elize Matsunaga: Once Upon A Crime goes through a timeline of events, dating all the way back to Elize's poverty-stricken childhood and adolescent years all the way to the crime itself.

It also follows the aftermath, from her attempts to cover up the murder to the confession itself, including the arrest and trial in 2016.

Why did Elize Matsunaga kill and dismember her husband Marcos Matsunaga?

It is thought her actions were in spite over an argument, but it was revealed at Elize's trial that Marcus was cheating on his wife.

According to Elize Matsunaga's defence attorney, the then 30-year-old killed and dismembered her businessman husband Marcos, 42, because he threatened to petition for custody in case the couple separated.

Their daughter was one years old at the time of the murder.

In the Netflix trailer, Elize says she cannot explain the exact reasons that led her to commit the act.

She said: "I still don’t know how to explain what kind of emotion made me pull that trigger."

The documentary also hears from Elize's family members and colleagues, as well as experts who followed the investigations – including journalists, defense and prosecution lawyers, and criminal experts.

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Where is Elize Matsunaga now?

Mrs Matsunaga confessed to the murder of her husband and was sentenced in 2016 to 19 years in prison.

She is currently being held in a closed prison in Tremembe, a municipality in the state of  São Paulo.

Elize was convicted of two felony counts, including the murder and concealment of a corpse.

Elize's trial was considered one of the most high-profile in São Paulo history – with the trial beginning on November 28 and drawing to a close on December 5, 2016.

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