Vienna's "ice-cream killer" Goidsargi Estibaliz Carranza Zabala pleads guilty of killing husband, lover


Goidsargi Estibaliz Carranza Zabala (C) arrives for the beginning of her trial at the regional court in Vienna on November 19, 2012.



A woman dubbed the "ice killer" has confessed in court to murdering her husband and her lover, cutting up their bodies with a chainsaw and storing them in the cellar of her Vienna ice-cream parlor.

Goidsargi Estibaliz Carranza Zabala, 32, a joint Spanish-Mexican citizenship, told an Austrian court how she killed her ex-husband, Holger Holz, in the head in 2008 after he refused to leave her when she said she had a new lover, according to Agence France-Presse.

She claimed her ex-husband, whom she met while working as an Au Pair in Germany, was violent and lazy.

When he refused to move out after their divorce, she shot him in the head three times as he worked at his computer, then hacked his body to pieces with a chainsaw.

The woman dubbed the "Ice Lady," according to the Vienna Times, told the court:

"There was no shortage of weapons, he was mad about guns... I never thought I would be able to go through with it. It was 3:00 pm. There were children outside, it was nice weather, someone must have heard."

She said she cleaned the chainsaw for days afterward.

Then in 2010, she shot boyfriend Manfred Hinterberger — an ice-cream salesman — four times in the head with a .22 Beretta pistol as he slept, according to The Sun newspaper.

Prior to killing him, she took a course in marksmanship and mixing concrete. She buried his remains next to those of her husband.

For each murder, she stored body parts in the cold room used for the "Schleckeria" shop in Vienna.

After killing Hinterberger and disposing of his body, she booked a manicure to repair her damaged nails.

When the remains of the two men were found by chance during plumbing work in June 2011, Estibaliz Carranza went on the run to Italy.

When captured several days afterwards and extradited, she was two-months pregnant by another man whom she married in prison two months after their baby was born.

She said of him: "He is totally different. He is very gentle, the opposite of macho. He would not bring me into such a situation."

Meanwhile, Public Prosecutor Petra Freh described Estibaliz Carranza as "ice cold and a highly dangerous woman" who was dominating and high maintenance.

Her baby — named after his father — has since been taken from her and was being looked after by her parents in Barcelona.

In entering a guilty plea, Estibaliz Carranza said: "I know what I did was horrendous and wrong. I felt so miserable, like I couldn't go on. I would have ended it all but I didn't have the courage to kill myself."

However, under Austrian law despite the guilty plea a court must decide what she is guilty of, the Vienna Times wrote.