Inês Etienne Romeu

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Brazilian torture survivor Inês Etienne Romeu.
BornDecember 18, 1942
DiedApril 27, 2015 (Age 72)
Victim oftorture
She is believed to have been the only captive to survive detention in a Brazilian torture centre known as the Casa da Morta, "the house of death"

Inês Etienne Romeu was a Brazilian political prisoner held in extrajudicial detention in a Brazilian torture camp in the early 1970s.[1][2]


Romeu has been described as the sole captive to survive the camp. The director, Paulo Malhães, would later claim that the purpose of the center was to convince suspected political opponents to serve as double agents against regime opponents. The main technique used to turn suspects into double agents was torture, which would be backed up by blackmail and clandestine payments.

Romeu was the only captive held in the center whom their torturers trusted to serve as a double agent.[1] However, once she was put in the field, her handlers decided she was insincere, and she was re-apprehended and given a life sentence. She ended up being imprisoned for a further eight years, being released in 1979.

Romeu published a memoir, describing her detention, torture, but rape and sexual humiliation. She described making three suicide attempts during the 96 days she was held in the torture center. Her handlers video-taped her counting out her clandestine payment, while repeating her mission. She was warned the video would be released to her colleagues, if her handlers were dissatisfied with her efforts. She was warned that if she defected security officials would apprehend her sister in her stead.[1]

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  1. a b c Chico Otavio, Juliana Dal Piva, Marcelo Remigio (2012-06-23). "Torturador conta rotina da Casa da Morte em Petrópolis: Tenente-coronel reformado fala sobre casa onde 22 pessoas podem ter sido executadas" (in Portuguese). O Globo Pais. Archived from the original on 2014-04-27. Retrieved 2014-05-29. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help); Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help); Invalid |deadurl=No (help)CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link) CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "Scribunto").
  2. "Comissão da Verdade homenageia única sobrevivente da Casa da Morte, em Petrópolis" (in Portuguese). Grabois. Archived from the original on 2014-05-30. Retrieved 2014-05-29. Única sobrevivente da Casa da Morte, centro de tortura mantido pela ditadura militar em Petrópolis (RJ), Inês Etienne Romeu foi homenageada em uma audiência pública na Assembleia Legislativa. O encontro foi promovido nessa segunda-feira (25) à noite pela Comissão Nacional da Verdade, juntamente com a Comissão da Verdade do Estado de São Paulo Rubens Paiva. Debilitada, Inês, não pôde, no entanto, comparecer à audiência. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help); Invalid |deadurl=No (help)CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "Scribunto").