Co-worker killings ordered for love
Brazilian police have arrested a woman they believe ordered the killing of a female former co-worker and an attempt on the life of another to get a permanent job next to a man she loved.
A duty police officer in Cubatao, an industrial city next to Sao Paulo, said Carolina Farias Santos, 22, confessed that she had hired friends for about $US1300 ($1738) to kill Monica Tamer, a full-time employee at an oil processing company where Santos had worked temporarily.
Santos told police she wanted to work next to a man she had fallen in love with during her stint at the company. She had been hired to temporarily replace another woman, Renata Boreli, who was filling in while Tamer was on maternity leave.
In November, Boreli was wounded as two assailants fired shots at her car, and then started to receive telephone threats warning her not return to work. The following month, Tamer, a mother of two, was killed.
Police traced phone calls to Boreli's house, which led them to Santos and four friends. Two were arrested along with Santos Wednesday and two remained at large.