Figures released today show that the number of murders in the Madrid region recorded in 2020 rose to 39 from 32 in 2019.
The figures buck a three year downward trend although with an improved detection rate with only 7 of the 39 murders still under investigation by the police or civil guard.
In addition the number of women murdered by their partners fell to 3 compared to 7 in 2019.
The last case was of a 38 year old man who murdered his wife in front of their two children on New Year´s Eve 2019.
The vast majority were killed by hand with only two murders committed using firearms. Three people were killed after being intentionally hit by a vehicle including one pedestrian who was run over by a municipal bus after an argument with the bus driver.
The victims include an 84 year old woman who was pushed down a flight of stairs by an assailant and a five year boy who was poisoned by his mother.
One of the most bizarre, was the discovery in August of a 79 year old woman who had been beheaded and quartered. Her half buried body was found in a park. Her supposed killer, Emilio el Loko, confessed to the murder. Her head has yet to be recovered.
Also in August saw a brawl between two families that left three dead including the mother of one, her fourteen year old daughter and the 31 year old brother-in-law of the other.