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A standard kitchen spatula also served as a murder weapon on July 27, 2010. Angeles Cadillo-Castro, 32, from Utah used this tool to beat her 5-year-old daughter Stephanie Guadalupe Espindola-Cadillo to death. When paramedics arrived on the scene they found the girl’s body with multiple lacerations. The official cause of death was exsanguination: she bled to death, which is a long, torturous process. Soon police found the broken spatula pieces and the case was solved. Angeles was charged with 1st degree murder.

Acrylic on raw Belgian linen, 26 x 17" (66 x 43 cm)