Will the mastermind behind the murder of photojournalist José Luis Cabezas be arrested?

The Photographer: Murder in Pinamarthe long-awaited and quite moving documentary film, arrived on May 19 (Thursday), 2022, on the popular Netflix streaming platform.

The powerful documentary directed by Alejandro Hartmann delves into the cold-blooded murder of an Argentinian photojournalist, José Luis Cabezas. Gabriel Bobillo, Alejandro Hartmann and Tatiana Mereñuk co-wrote the gripping documentary.

The official synopsis of The Photographer: Murder in Pinamarpublished by Netflix, writes:

“This documentary examines the murder of photojournalist José Luis Cabezas, a crime that shook Argentina and exposed a political and financial conspiracy.”

Since its arrival, the documentary has received many positive responses from viewers and critics for providing quite an intriguing insight into the world of influential and admirable journalism as it explores the breathtaking murder case of photojournalist José Luis Cabezas.

Without further ado, let’s dive deep and explore the end of the Netflix documentary.


The end of The Photographer: Murder in Pinamar Explain

Who was the mastermind behind the brutal murder of José Luis Cabezas?

Without a doubt, the documentary did a phenomenal job of shedding light on the power of journalism and how it can change social and political scenarios while chronicling the chilling murder case of Argentinian photojournalist José Luis Cabezas in 1997. He worked for the Newsa well known Argentinian news magazine.

The Photographer: Murder in Pinamar shows that the main suspects in this murder case would be some of the Pinamar policemen and an extremely high-profile businessman, Yabrán. The reason behind these suspicions was that Cabezas allegedly took two photos which shook their public profile a bit.

One photo was of a high-profile police officer, Klodczyk, and the photo said “Fuck police”, and the other was of Yabrán, walking on the beach with his wife. Investigators would have thought that these photos could have greatly upset both parties.

The Photographer: Murder in Pinamar (Image via Sportskeeda/Google)
The Photographer: Murder in Pinamar (Image via Sportskeeda/Google)

However, later The Photographer: Murder in Pinamar revealed that Yabrán was the mastermind behind the cold-blooded murder of Cabezas. The investigation lasted a long time, but the truth finally came out in 1998 when Silvia Belawsky, the wife of Gustavo Prellezo, came forward and confessed that it was Yabrán behind this heinous crime.

As revealed in the documentary, Yabrán and his right-hand man Gregorio commanded the “Los Hornos” gang, comprising Auge, Retana, Braga, and Gonzalez, led by deputy leader Prellezo to kill Cabezas. Apparently Cabezas was brutally beaten and shot twice in the head by Prellezo before the gang burned his body with the car in General Madariaga’s ditch.


Did the police catch Yabrán?

A still from The Photographer: Murder in Pinamar (Image Via Netflix/YouTube)
A still from The Photographer: Murder in Pinamar (Image Via Netflix/YouTube)

After Silvia Belawsky confessed, an arrest warrant was finally issued by the judge against Yabrán. However, before the police could arrest him at his home, he fled.

After much research and advice, the police found Yabrán. He was reportedly at the San Ignacio Ranch, possibly planning his new escape. The police reportedly arrived at the scene and surrounded Yabrán’s room. However, before they could enter, they heard the sound of gunfire.

Apparently, Yabrán committed suicide by shooting himself in the mouth with a shotgun. Therefore, the police could not catch the main mastermind behind Cabezas’ murder.

In 2002, sentencing for this murder case finally came and all defendants were sentenced to life in prison. However, unfortunately, they were released from prison after about 7-8 years. The alleged criminals who participated in the murder of Cabezas are currently free.

A still from The Photographer: Murder in Pinamar (Image via Netflix/Youtube)
A still from The Photographer: Murder in Pinamar (Image via Netflix/Youtube)

However, the documentary shows how the murder of Cabezas shook Argentina from top to bottom and completely changed its social and political scenarios.


Don’t forget to watch The Photographer: Murder in Pinamarwhich is currently streaming on Netflix, starting May 19, 2022.


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