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Elize Matsunaga: Once Upon a Crime: Chilling New True Crime Series Just Dropped On Netflix

Elize Matsunaga: Once Upon a Crime: Chilling New True Crime Series Just Dropped On Netflix

This docu-series explores Elize Matsunaga who shot and dismembered her rich husband.

Gregory Robinson

Gregory Robinson

Netflix has released a brand new true crime series that features Elize Matsunaga, who admitted to killing her husband Marcos Kitano Matsunaga at their São Paulo home in 2012.

Watch the trailer below:

Former nurse Elize is interviewed for the very first time since her trial in the four-part series. Interviews and testimonies from investigators who worked on the case as well as friends, family and colleagues are also included in the show.

On 19th May 2012, businessman Marcos Matsunaga was killed by a gunshot wound to the head by his wife Elize. She then dismembered his body and placed the body parts into plastic bin bags inside suitcases which was captured by the security cameras in their apartment building.

Elize Matsunaga confessed to killing her husband (

"I still don't know how to explain what kind of emotion made me pull that trigger," she reveals in the documentary.

The suitcases containing the body parts were later found in various spots on the side of the road in Cotia, a municipality around 20 miles outside of São Paulo.

Elize was put on trial in May 2016 and on the 5th December 2016 she was found guilty of homicide. She was sent to Trembembé Prison in São Paulo and is due for release in 2035.

Elize Matsunaga: Once Upon a Crime is unusual because instead of simply telling viewers about the events surrounding the murder, it features an in-depth interview with Elize about killing her husband.

Elize and Marcos lived in São Paulo, Brazil (

Netflix also recently debuted a documentary film about the shocking murder of Rocío Wanninkhof, who was only 19 years old when she was killed in her hometown of Mijas in the Costa del Sol, Spain.

Dolores Vázquez, her mother's 52-year-old ex-partner, was convicted by a jury trial for the murder and was sent to prison without solid evidence to prove her guilt.

Murder by the Coast investigates the murder and the miscarriage of justice that followed which was the result of homophobic attitudes relating to the lesbian relationship between Dolores and Rocío's mother, Alicia Hornos.

Elize Matsunaga: Once Upon a Crime and Murder By the Coast are available to stream on Netflix now.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: TV and Film, True Crime, Netflix