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In the mythology of Andean cultures, a pishtaco is a devil that kills people to steal their fat.
Still, one of Salazar's predecessors, Fernando Rospigliosi, called the pishtaco case "brilliant for its level of stupidity.
The story made international headlines - especially with the mythological aspect that connected the murders to the mythology of Andean cultures, where a pishtaco is an evil creature that kills people to steal their fat.
But the allegations of the pishtaco gang surfaced at about the time Uceda's article was going to press.
Spokespeople in Salazar's office said the minister could not comment on the pishtaco case because it was part of a police investigation.
Dr. William Mitchell, an anthropology professor at New Jersey's Monmouth University who has studied the pishtaco myth in Peru's central highlands, says the current story is so ludicrous that he nearly dropped the phone when his son called to tell him the news.
Indeed, authorities found such a supply of fat at the home of another alleged pishtaco, Elmer Castillejos, in a village in the central Peruvian province of Huanuco, about 400 kilometres north-east of Lima.
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