Rome: A man suspected of sexually torturing and killing a Romanian prostitute and leaving her body in a crucifixion-like pose in Florence has been arrested, media reported Friday.
Andrea Cristina Zamfir, 26, was found Monday strapped to an iron bar in a pose similar to how Jesus Christ was crucified.
A 55-year-old plumber was arrested late Thursday and confessed to being the so-called crucifixion killer, ANSA news agency reported citing police.
The police identified the man based on reports from a number of women he had raped earlier.
The Florence police chief called him a beast and accused him of at least four other murders in and near the Tuscan city over the last 10 years.
"I`m sorry to offend animals with this comparison but this person is a beast," the police chief said.
Police also said that last year another woman was found in a similar position with her arms attached to an iron bar, but she was alive.