Pedro Lopez's choice of victims clearly outlines how deeply disturbed this man was, he liked to kill poor young girls between the ages of 9-12 on a regular basis. After committing his brutal atrocities he would often prop up the bodies of the dead girls and have gruesome tea parties with them. When the girls would not respond he would get tried of talking to them, and would look for more innocent victims to kill. The first victims of Pedro Lopez were 3 fellow inmates in prison while Pedro was doing time for car theft at age 18, they supposedly gang raped Pedro only 2 days into his sentence. As soon as he was released from prison he moved to Peru and started praying on the young girls there, posing as a street vendor, he would ask the girls for directions or for help and then lead them off to a quite area where no one could hear the girls scream . There is no way to tell for sure exactly how many people Pedro killed, but he claims that by the year 1978 he had already killed over 100 young girls in Peru. After being captured and turned over to the authorities, Pedro spent some time in prison and was shortly released and moved back into Columbia. He spent the next few years stalking and killing over 240 young girls in Columbia, Peru and Ecuador, killing on an average of 3 girls a week. At the beginning the police did little about it, they thought the disappearances of the young girls was due to the increasing sex slave trade, or that the girls were runaways. Pedro may have been able to continue on with his crimes for several more years, but luckily he made a mistake. Up until this point most of the girls Pedro had taken were from poor families who didn't get a lot of police attention, but Pedro kidnapped the daughter of a wealthy baker. Within the week a full police investigation was underway. When Pedro was captured for the second time (this time by merchants at market who got suspicious) he confessed to over 300 murders, but none believed him until a flood uncovered several of the bodies of his victims. He then led to police to the sights of over 55 of the graves, he seemed proud to show the police and the world all that he had done.