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Disclosures of a man who confessed to killing 14 boys and drinking the blood of some victims has caused a national uproar and evoked comparisons with serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.

Marcelo Costa de Andrade, 25, was arrested in Rio in December but police only disclosed the case last week after recovering the corpses of 12 boys.De Andrade has admitted to killing and raping 14 boys ranging in age from 6 to 13. Several were decapitated, and de Andrade said he drank the blood of two victims.

"The soul and spirit of these children (will) go to live with God in heaven," de Andrade told reporters.

De Andrade, whose reign of terror lasted from April to December, lured his victims with promises of food and money.