TRUE CRIME

Prosecutors Called Her a “Personification of Evil”

Did she commit patricide for love, money, or both?

Malinda Fusco
4 min readOct 19, 2020

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Sketch of Suzane von Richthofen from Wikipedia Commons

You may have heard of the Red Baron pizzas. The real “Red Baron” to inspire the brand, Manfred von Richthofen, was a fighter pilot in WWI. But his legacy doesn’t stop there.

Suzane von Richthofen, an heiress to the Red Baron name, was found guilty for the murder of her mother and father (the great-nephew of the original Red Baron).

In fact, prosecutors called her a

“personification of evil.”

Who is Suzane von Richthofen?

Suzane is the Brazilian daughter of Manfred Albert von Richthofen and Marisia von Richthofen. She has a younger brother, Andreas. Her father was a director for DERSA, which is a company that manages Sao Paulo’s highways.

Suzane’s parents were well-off. They had a declared net worth of about $5.5 million. Declared is the keyword there. It’s estimated that his net worth was closer to $17 million after all the money laundering and off-shore accounts.

After graduating high school, Suzane studied law at the Pontifical Catholic University of Sao Paulo.

Star-Crossed Lovers?

It was the summer of 1999 when she met and fell in love with Daniel Cravinhos.

Suzane’s parents were not a fan of Daniel. There were a few circulating reasons for this:

  1. Daniel smoked marijuana daily.
  2. He had a low-class background.
  3. He didn’t want to attend further education.

They thought their daughter could do better. The longer the relationship went on, the less they approved.

However, when Suzane’s parents went on vacation for a month in July of 2002, Daniel stayed with Suzane and Andreas. This only fueled the lovers’ relationship and bond.

When her parents got back, Suzane asked her father to buy her an apartment for her and Daniel to live in. Manfred obviously refused and told her that if she made her own money she could do what she wanted.

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Malinda Fusco

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