[River Monsters] Season 05/ Episode 04- COLOMBIAN SLASHER [HD-1080p]


MY NAME IS JEREMY WADE… YES, YES, YES, YES. …EXPLORER AND EXTREME ANGLER. YEAH, YEAH, YEAH, YEAH!
GOT A FISH! GOT A FISH! IN MY JOURNEYS, I TRY TO PUT MYSELF
IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME TO INVESTIGATE WHAT HAPPENS
TO PEOPLE IN THE WRONG PLACE AT THE WRONG TIME. I’VE COME TO COLOMBIA, CONSIDERED THE MOST DANGEROUS
COUNTRY IN SOUTH AMERICA, TO INVESTIGATE THE TRAGIC
AND HORRIFIC DEATH OF A BRIDE MURDERED
ON HER HONEYMOON. I NEED TO PIECE TOGETHER
THE MOMENTS BEFORE HER DEATH… THIS IS A BETTER FISH,
BETTER FISH, BETTER FISH. …TO DISCOVER THE IDENTITY… OF THE COLOMBIAN SLASHER. AH! — Captions by VITAC —
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DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS SOMETIMES WHAT HAPPENS IN
JUST A FRACTION OF A SECOND CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE
BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH. AND ONE TRAGIC TALE FROM THE
AMAZON HAS STUCK IN MY MIND. A COUPLE WERE
ON THEIR HONEYMOON ON THE BANKS OF THE AMAZON. THE YOUNG WOMAN WAS WADING
INTO THE SHALLOWS… …WHEN SOMETHING
PULLED HER UNDER. [ CONVERSING IN SPANISH ] HER BODY WAS EVENTUALLY FOUND
FLOATING IN AN EDDY DOWNSTREAM. THE ATTACKER’S IDENTITY —
UNKNOWN. IN MOST CASES OF SUDDEN DEATH, THERE’S A STRAIGHTFORWARD
EXPLANATION — ACCIDENTAL DROWNING
OR MAYBE FOUL PLAY. BUT OCCASIONALLY,
THERE’S AN UNSUSPECTED CAUSE — A RIVER MONSTER. I HAVE FEW CLUES
TO HELP SOLVE THE MYSTERY OF WHAT COULD DRAG A WOMAN
THROUGH THE WATER LIKE A RAG DOLL TO HER DEATH, BUT I KNOW WHERE TO START
MY SEARCH. I’VE INVESTIGATED DEATHS
ALL OVER SOUTH AMERICA, BUT NEVER HERE. THIS TRAGEDY OCCURRED
IN THE PART OF THE AMAZON RIVER THAT FLOWS
THROUGH COLOMBIA. I START MY SEARCH
IN THE TOWN OF LETICIA. COLOMBIA HAS MORE SPECIES
PER SQUARE MILE THAN ANYWHERE ON THE PLANET. PERHAPS THERE ARE MONSTERS
I’VE NEVER SEEN. BUT AS I SEARCH
FOR AN AQUATIC KILLER, I MUST KEEP MY WITS ABOUT ME. HERE, THERE ARE MORE
VIOLENT DEATHS PER CAPITA THAN IN ANY OTHER
SOUTH AMERICAN COUNTRY. [ INDISTINCT SHOUTING ] THE AMAZON IS HOME
TO SEVERAL CREATURES WITH THE POWER TO GRAB
AND DROWN A HUMAN. THE USUAL SUSPECTS — CAIMAN, ANACONDA,
GIANT PIRAIBA, AND POSSIBLY EVEN BULL SHARKS. BUT COULD THE LITTLE-KNOWN
WATERS OF COLOMBIA HOLD ANOTHER POSSIBLE KILLER? THE FISH MARKET IS ALWAYS
A GOOD PLACE TO START. I’M THINKING MAYBE IF I STAY
ON THIS GUY’S TAIL, HE MIGHT LEAD ME TO THE MARKET. I THINK IT WORKED. LETICIA LIES ON COLOMBIA’S
SOUTHERN BORDER WITH PERU. IN THIS LOCATION, THE AMAZON HAS EXTRAORDINARY
SPECIES DIVERSITY WITH MANY NEW SPECIES
STILL TO BE DISCOVERED. A LOT OF THESE FISH — I KNOW THEM BY DIFFERENT NAME
IN BRAZIL. THIS IS TAMBAQUI.
IN BRAZIL, HERE, IT’S GAMITANA. [ SPEAKS SPANISH ] PERRO. PERRO, PERRO, PERRO. THIS IS PERRO. THIS MEANS — WELL, IT MEANS
“DOG” HERE IN SPANISH, SO, DOGFISH. DOGFISH POSSESS WICKED TEETH, BUT DON’T GROW LARGE ENOUGH
TO DRAG HUMANS TO THEIR DEATH. I NEED A FISH WITH THE BODY
STRENGTH AND THE JAW STRENGTH TO LITERALLY SWEEP A BRIDE
OFF HER FEET. MOST OF WHAT I’M SEEING
CAN BE DISCOUNTED IMMEDIATELY. ARAPAIMA — ABOUT 120 POUNDS WITHOUT THE HEAD, GILLS,
GUTS, OR ANYTHING, SO QUITE A BIG FISH. ARAPAIMA CAN INFLICT SERIOUS
DAMAGE WITH THEIR BONY HEADS, BUT THEY ONLY TARGET SMALL PREY AND DON’T USE THEIR MOUTHS
AS A WEAPON. I DON’T BELIEVE THEY’RE
A REALISTIC SUSPECT. [ SPEAKING SPANISH ] I ASK HIM, “WHAT’S THE MOST
DANGEROUS FISH IN THE RIVER?” THEY SAY PIRANHAS —
THAT’S THE WORST THING HERE. THE BRIDE’S BODY
WAS IN ONE PIECE. PIRANHAS WOULD HAVE MADE
A GRUESOME MEAL OF ANY VICTIM, SO THEY ARE OFF MY LIST. [ SPEAKING SPANISH ] ONE OTHER DANGEROUS FISH,
THE ELECTRIC EEL — NOT FOUND REALLY IN THE RIVERS, BUT MORE IN THE LAKES
AWAY FROM THE RIVERS. ELECTRIC EELS
CAN FATALLY SHOCK VICTIMS… FIRST GO. AMAZING.
FIRST GO. …BUT THEY’RE NOT STRONG
ENOUGH TO DRAG A BODY. THE MARKET DELIVERS
NO NEW SUSPECTS. BUT BEFORE I LEAVE, I’M TOLD THE LARGEST FISH ARE FLOWN STRAIGHT
TO THE CAPITAL OF BOGOTA, WHERE THEY FETCH
THE HIGHEST PRICE. SO I HEAD TO THE PORT, EAGER TO SEE IF ANY GIANTS
HAVE BEEN CAUGHT. I’M JUST IN TIME. [ SPEAKING SPANISH ] THIS IS THE BACK END
OF A VERY LARGE CATFISH. HE SAYS IT’S PIRAIBA. THIS IS A SPECIES I’VE SEEN
BEFORE IN BRAZIL. AH. I’VE INVESTIGATED STORIES
WHERE GIANT PIRAIBA WERE ACCUSED OF TAKING PEOPLE
DOWN TO THEIR DEATHS. THEY HAVE A MOUTH BIG ENOUGH
FOR THE JOB, AND THEY CAN GROW TO MONSTROUS,
MAN-EATING PROPORTIONS. RIGHT, THAT’S TWO OF US
TO LIFT THAT. AND THERE’S JUST
A MASSIVE BONE, THIS END, WHERE THEY’VE CUT
THROUGH THE HEAD. I KNOW THAT THESE THINGS
GROW THIS BIG. I’VE NOT CAUGHT THEM
THIS SIZE. I’M GUESSING… A GOOD 150 POUNDS
FOR THE WHOLE ANIMAL — VERY BIG FISH. THIS IS SOMETHING — IF IT GOT HOLD OF YOUR LEG
OR ANY OTHER PART OF YOUR BODY AND DIDN’T LET GO,
YOU’D GO UNDER. YOU’D HAVE NO SAY
IN THE MATTER AT ALL. THE WAY THE HONEYMOON BRIDE
WAS DRAGGED AWAY NOW PUTS THE PIRAIBA AT THE TOP
OF MY SUSPECT LIST. BUT I WONDER HOW A FISH
SO LARGE WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN SEEN IN
THE SHALLOWS WHERE SHE WADED. I DEFINITELY HAVE SOME
INVESTIGATING TO DO. I START MY SEARCH ON THE DOCK
OF A HOUSEBOAT ON THE EDGE OF TOWN. THIS PLACE, HISTORICALLY, USED TO BE VERY BIG
FOR DRUG SMUGGLING AND ALSO ARMS TRAFFICKING. BUT THERE ARE LOTS OF BOATS TOING AND FROING OUT THERE
IN THE DARK, MOST OF THEM
WITHOUT ANY LIGHTS ON, AND WHO KNOWS
WHAT MIGHT BE ON SOME OF THEM? KNOWN TO BE ONE OF
THE MOST DANGEROUS COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD, COLOMBIA IS STILL FIGHTING
ITS LONG WAR WITH DRUG CARTELS
AND GUERILLA GROUPS. WITH VIOLENCE COMMON ON LAND, OCCASIONAL ATTACKS
BY RIVER MONSTERS COULD EASILY BE OVERLOOKED. [ THUNDER RUMBLES ] TIME IS AGAINST ME,
AS A STORM APPROACHES. THESE WATERS ARE FULL
OF HUNGRY FISH. INCREDIBLE SIZE MOUTH,
THIS HAS GOT, COMPARED TO THE SIZE
OF THE BODY. I THINK THEY CALL
THIS ONE BOCON, WHICH MEANS “BIG MOUTH.” EVEN WHEN FULLY GROWN, THESE CATFISH
WOULD BE TOO SMALL TO HAVE PLAYED A PART
IN THIS INCIDENT. [ MOTOR RUNNING ] I’M WONDERING IF ALL
THE TRAFFIC ABOVE WATER COULD BE SCARING AWAY
ANY MONSTERS PROWLING BELOW. [ FISHING REEL CLICKING ] HEY, THIS IS BIGGER.
THIS IS BIGGER. ALL RIGHT, THIS IS ONE
THAT’S QUITE TRICKY TO HANDLE. IT’S GOT SHARP SPINES
ON ITS PECTORAL FINS HERE, AND THE DORSAL FIN, AND IT’S GOT THESE
SORT OF POINTED HOOKS ON SOME PLATES DOWN THE SIDE
OF THE BODY THERE. I’M JUST GONNA SEE IF I CAN
SHAKE IT OFF THE HOOK. THAT’S SOMETIMES
THE EASIEST WAY. THERE’S LOTS OF ACTIVITY
ON THE LINE, BUT IT’S ALL SMALL FISH. I NEED TO GET HOOKED INTO
SOMETHING CONSIDERABLY BIGGER. SOMETHING BIG ENOUGH
AND BAD ENOUGH TO HAVE DRAGGED THE HONEYMOON
BRIDE TO HER DEATH. [ THUNDER RUMBLES ] WITH THE STORM
GETTING EVER CLOSER, I MOVE TO THE RIVERBANK. IMMEDIATELY, I’M IN BUSINESS. THIS IS A BETTER FISH,
BETTER FISH, BETTER FISH. COULD THIS BE ANOTHER SUSPECT
FOR MY LIST? OH, HE’S REALLY STRONG. MY NAME IS JEREMY WADE. I’M IN COLOMBIA
IN SOUTH AMERICA, ONE OF THE MOST DANGEROUS
COUNTRIES ON EARTH… THIS IS A BETTER FISH,
BETTER FISH, BETTER FISH. …SEARCHING
FOR A RIVER MONSTER THAT’S CAPABLE OF DRAGGING
A WOMAN TO HER DEATH. AND IN THE AMAZON, YOU NEVER
KNOW WHAT’S COMING UP NEXT. OH, HE’S REALLY STRONG. IT’S A FRESHWATER STINGRAY. IT’S NOT A HUGE ONE. IT’S A GOOD SIZE, THOUGH. THIS IS A TYPE OF RAY
I HAVEN’T SEEN BEFORE. ALL STINGRAYS MUST BE TREATED
WITH CAUTION, EVEN THIS ONE, WHICH JUST HAS SMALL SPIKES RATHER THAN A SINGLE,
LONG SPINE. STILL HAVE TO BE
A LITTLE BIT CAREFUL BECAUSE THE VENOM ACTUALLY
CLOAKS THE ENTIRE BODY, SO EVEN A SCRAPE ON SOME OF
THESE SMALL POINTS ON THE TAIL HERE WOULDN’T BE A GOOD IDEA. SO I’M GONNA KEEP AWAY
FROM THERE. OKAY, I’LL FIRST —
I’M GONNA GET THE HOOK OUT. STINGRAYS ARE RELATED TO SHARKS. THEY DO HAVE TEETH,
SO THEY WILL CRUSH SOMETHING. NO WAY IS A STINGRAY GOING
TO GRAB HOLD OF A PERSON AND PULL THEM UNDER. COMMON SENSE REMOVES STINGRAYS
FROM MY INVESTIGATION. CATCHING A STINGRAY SPECIES
I’VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE WAS A SURPRISE, AND IT SHOWS ME
I HAVE LITTLE IDEA WHAT LURKS IN THIS RIVER, SO I’VE GOT TO KEEP
AN OPEN MIND. I WANT TO BROADEN MY SEARCH
FOR THE BRIDE KILLER AWAY FROM THE TOWN’S
BUSY WATERS. I TAKE A BOAT TO EXPLORE
THE SURROUNDING AREA. IDENTIFYING THE MOST RELIABLE
SOURCES OF LOCAL INFORMATION IS ALWAYS AN IMPORTANT PART
OF ANY INQUIRY. DOTTED ALONG THE RIVERBANK ARE
AMERINDIAN FISHING COMMUNITIES, MOSTLY TICUNA INDIANS. IF ANYONE CAN, IT’S THESE PEOPLE WHO WILL
HELP ME CLOSE THIS CASE. I EXPLAIN MY INVESTIGATION, BUT THE COMMUNITY’S UNAWARE
OF THE BRIDE’S DEATH. BUT THEY HAVE NO DOUBT
SOMETHING IN THE WATER COULD HAVE BEEN RESPONSIBLE AND DESCRIBE LAKES NEARBY
WHERE MONSTERS STILL HIDE. I’M TOLD TO COME BACK
THE NEXT MORNING TO MEET WITH AN ELDER
NAMED JOSE, WHO WILL TAKE ME
TO ONE SUCH PLACE. JOSE HAS FISHED ALL HIS LIFE AND HAS BROUGHT ME
TO A HIDDEN LAKE WHICH LOOKS LIKE THE PERFECT
PLACE TO FIND MONSTERS. IT’S VERY QUIET, A SORT OF OMINOUS FEEL
TO THE PLACE. WE PADDLE AS SILENTLY
AS WE CAN. THERE’S LIFE IN HERE, THERE’S MOVEMENT
ON THE SURFACE, BETRAYING SOMETHING
GOING ON UNDERNEATH. IT DOESN’T TAKE LONG
FOR AN OLD ADVERSARY TO MAKE ITS PRESENCE FELT. OKAY. UM… THAT WAS HALF A FISH
ABOUT A MINUTE AGO. PIRANHAS ARE ALWAYS — WELL, THEY’RE NEARLY
ALWAYS A PROBLEM, BUT THIS LEVEL OF ACTIVITY
IS FAIRLY EXCEPTIONAL. THEY’RE REALLY VORACIOUS HERE JUST ON THE BASIS
OF TWO BAITS OUT. I NEED TO GET PAST
THIS INSATIABLE PACK OF JAWS IF I’M TO FIND WHAT ELSE
IS OUT THERE. THAT WAS A MATTER OF,
DON’T KNOW, 30 SECONDS, SOMETHING LIKE THAT. WE TRY OUR LUCK
IN DIFFERENT AREAS. WHEN I RUN OUT OF BAIT,
I TRY A COUPLE OF LURES. THEN I GET TO MEET ONE
OF THESE PROVEN MAN-EATERS. THAT’S A VERY CHUNKY
RED-BELLIED PIRANHA. SO THAT’S WHAT’S BEEN EATING
ALL MY BAIT. AND EVEN IF YOU CHUCK IN
A FLASHY LURE LIKE THAT, IT’LL GO FOR IT. AS VORACIOUS AS THEY ARE, IN THIS CASE,
PIRANHAS ARE IN THE CLEAR. THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE
OF PIRANHA BITES ON THE VICTIM’S BODY. BUT THEY ARE COMING BETWEEN ME
AND POTENTIAL SUSPECTS. I’M RUNNING OUT OF IDEAS. I THINK ALL I CAN REALLY DO
IS SAVE THE LAST OF MY BAIT AND TRY AFTER DARK. PIRANHAS MIGHT BE —
MIGHT BE LESS ACTIVE THEN. THE KILLER COULD BE STALKING
RIGHT BELOW ME, BUT I CAN SEE NOTHING
IN THE BLACKNESS. OH. THAT’S INSTANT. THEY’VE TAKEN THAT ALREADY —
AS SOON AS IT HIT THE WATER. THERE ARE SO MANY THERE. THEY ARE JUST BITING
THROUGH THE LINE OVER A FOOT AWAY FROM THE BAIT. I THINK I’M WASTING MY TIME. I’M RUNNING OUT OF BAIT,
I’M RUNNING OUT OF HOOKS, I’M RUNNING OUT OF GEAR. PIRANHAS JUST MAKING IT
IMPOSSIBLE HERE. AFTER MIDNIGHT,
MY PATIENCE RUNS OUT, TOO, AND I HEAD BACK TO LETICIA. NOT ALL CLUES COME
FROM THE END OF MY LINE. JUST AS I’M RUNNING OUT
OF IDEAS, I’M DIRECTED TO A MAN WHO WORKED IN A LOCAL HOSPITAL
FOR MANY YEARS. HE MAY HAVE SOME INFORMATION. I TRACK DOWN DON ALVERO IN
A CHURCH IN THE CENTER OF TOWN. [ CONVERSING IN SPANISH ] HE VIVIDLY REMEMBERS
THE TRAGIC INCIDENT. MM-HMM. THIS ACTUALLY CORROBORATES
THE STORY THAT I HEARD BEFORE I CAME HERE. [ SPEAKING SPANISH ] A COUPLE GOT MARRIED
IN THE INTERIOR AND CAME HERE TO THE RIVER
FOR THEIR HONEYMOON. IT WAS THE TIME OF YEAR
WHEN THE WATER WAS LOW, YOU’VE GOT BIG BEACHES, AND SO THAT’S WHY PEOPLE GO
TO SPEND TIME IN THE WATER. IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE, SOMETHING SNATCHED AND DRAGGED
HER THROUGH THE WATER. THEN THE BREAKTHROUGH
I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR — WHEN DON ALVERO DROPS A SMALL BUT VITAL DETAIL
INTO HIS ACCOUNT, MY INVESTIGATION
IS ON THE MOVE AGAIN. I’M IN COLOMBIA TRACKING DOWN
THE PERPETRATOR OF A BAFFLING
AND TRAGIC DEATH. A RETIRED NURSE
NAMED DON ALVERO SHARES CRUCIAL EVIDENCE ABOUT THE DEATH
OF THE HONEYMOON BRIDE. THREE DAYS LATER,
THEY FOUND THE BODY. AT FIRST APPEARANCES,
THERE WERE NO INJURIES AT ALL. IT WAS JUST A DEAD BODY. THE CAUSE OF DEATH —
PROBABLY DROWNING. HOWEVER, WHEN THEY EXAMINED
THE BODY, THEY FOUND ONE WOUND,
ONE INJURY, AND THIS WAS A HOLE
IN THE LOWER LEG. [ CONVERSING IN SPANISH ] SOMETHING HAD DONE THAT,
PRESUMABLY, BEFORE SHE DIED, AND WHATEVER THAT WAS COULD HAVE
BEEN THE CAUSE OF DEATH. I’M TOLD IT WASN’T
A BULLET HOLE. IT WAS A PUNCTURE. THIS COULD BE A VITAL CLUE TO
THE IDENTITY OF THE ATTACKER. A CAIMAN WOULD LEAVE
A VERY, VERY OBVIOUS MARK TO SOMEBODY’S LEG. IT WOULD MAKE A LOT OF DAMAGE. AN ANACONDA WOULD ACTUALLY LEAVE
MULTIPLE PUNCTURE HOLES. BULL SHARKS USED TO COME
THIS FAR UP THE AMAZON — MAYBE THEY STILL DO — BUT, AGAIN, THAT LEAVES
A VERY, VERY CLEAR SIGNATURE. CATFISH LEAVE A MARK ALMOST AS IF IT’S MADE
BY VERY COARSE SANDPAPER. SO HAVING DISMISSED ALL THESE,
THE OBVIOUS SUSPECTS, THERE’S ONLY ONE CREATURE LEFT
THAT I KNOW OF THAT COULD HAVE BEEN CAPABLE
OF INFLICTING SUCH AN INJURY. A CREATURE I DISCOUNTED
FROM MY INVESTIGATION — A STINGRAY. ITS BARBED SPINE LEAVES A SINGLE, GAPING WOUND
IN ITS VICTIMS. NORMALLY,
THE SPINE RIPS BACK OUT, BUT COULD IT, IN CERTAIN
CIRCUMSTANCES, HOLD FAST? A NIGHTMARE SCENARIO UNFOLDS. COULD A STINGRAY HAVE HARPOONED
THE BRIDE’S LEG AND THEN DRAGGED HER DOWN? THIS IS SOMETHING I’VE NEVER
HEARD OF HAPPENING BEFORE, AND, TO BE HONEST, I THINK
IT’S VERY, VERY UNLIKELY AND IT’S GONNA TAKE A LOT
OF PROVING. NEVERTHELESS,
I NOW HAVE A PRIME SUSPECT. FOLLOWING MY MEETING
WITH DON ALVERO, I HEAD TO THE AREA WHERE
THE BRIDE WAS KILLED. ALTHOUGH HE DOESN’T KNOW
EXACTLY WHERE IT HAPPENED, IT’S UPRIVER FROM LETICIA NEAR THE SMALL TOWN
OF PUERTO NARIÑO, WHERE HE WORKED AS A NURSE
WHEN THE ATTACK TOOK PLACE. DON ALVERO PUTS ME IN TOUCH WITH THE FISHERMAN
CALLED ARMANDO WHO LIVES IN THE TOWN
AND AGREES TO HELP ME. PUERTO NARIÑO IS JUST
A SHORT JOURNEY UPRIVER, BUT IT’S A WORLD AWAY
FROM LETICIA. IT’S CUT OFF FROM THE REST
OF THE COUNTRY AND ONLY ACCESSIBLE BY RIVER. WE REACH THE COMMUNITY
AT SUNDOWN. NOW I’LL BE SEARCHING
RIVER BEACHES JUST LIKE THOSE WHERE
THE BRIDE WAS DRAGGED AWAY. RAYS HUNT MOST ACTIVELY
DURING THE NIGHT. SO AS DARKNESS FALLS, ARMANDO AGREES TO TAKE ME
TO A PLACE WELL-KNOWN FOR HAVING LOTS
OF STINGRAYS. TO PROVE MY THEORY, I FIRST NEED TO DEMONSTRATE
THAT A STINGRAY SPINE COULD REMAIN ATTACHED
TO THE VICTIM, TURNING ITS TAIL INTO
A DEADLY, VENOMOUS TOW ROPE. TO DO THIS, I HAVE A PLAN, AN EXPERIMENT TO SEE FIRSTHAND
HOW THE RAY STRIKES. BUT FIRST,
I NEED TO CATCH ONE… …AND IT CAN’T JUST BE
ANY RAY. IT NEEDS TO BE ARMED WITH A
STRONG SPINE AND A LONG TAIL. LANDING A KILLER RAY WITHOUT
BEING STABBED IS HARD ENOUGH, BUT CATCHING ONE IN THE DARK
ON AN ISOLATED RIVERBANK IN THE MOST DANGEROUS COUNTRY
IN SOUTH AMERICA IS ALMOST INSANE. THIS IS POTENTIALLY A RAY
ONLY ‘CAUSE — IT’S ALMOST AS IF THERE’S STILL
TENSION ON THE LINE. IT STOPPED GOING OUT,
BUT THERE’S STILL TENSION, AND THERE’S MAYBE A SLIGHT
SORT OF CHEWING SENSATION. BUT I’D EXPECT IT TO MOVE AGAIN
IN A BIT. THERE WE GO. [ FISHING REEL CLICKING ] [ GRUNTS ] FIND OUT AFTER THIS. IT’S THE DEAD OF NIGHT, AND I’M IN THE REMOTE
COLOMBIAN AMAZON, CLOSING IN ON A RIVER MONSTER SUSPECTED OF KILLING
A YOUNG BRIDE. I WANT TO TEST A CRAZY IDEA THAT A STINGRAY SPINE
CAN STAY EMBEDDED, ALLOWING THE RAY
TO IMPALE ITS VICTIM AND THEN DRAG IT
TO A WATERY DEATH. SO I’VE COME PREPARED. YEAH, IT IS A RAY.
IT’S DEFINITELY A RAY. I RECOGNIZE
THE DRAMATIC MARKINGS. IT’S A DEADLY MOTORO STINGRAY. MOTOROS AREN’T GIANTS, BUT THIS ONE’S A PERFECT SIZE
FOR MY EXPERIMENT. RIGHT, NOW, IT’S ONE THING SEEING THAT SPINE
FLAILING AROUND. I WANT TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN IT MAKES CONTACT
WITH SOMETHING WITH FLESH. I’VE ACTUALLY BROUGHT ALONG
A PIG’S LEG — VERY, VERY SIMILAR TISSUE
TO A HUMAN’S — SO LET’S JUST SEE WHAT HAPPENS
TO THIS. THAT WENT RIGHT IN —
THE WHOLE LENGTH OF THE SPINE. AND THEN IT SEEMED TO ALMOST PUT
ITS BODYWEIGHT BEHIND IT AND REALLY PUSH IT IN. IT WENT RIGHT UP TO THE HILT
OF THE SPINE. I’M SURPRISED BY THIS. I THOUGHT A STRIKE
WOULD BE MORE HAPHAZARD. THE RAY APPEARS TO LINE UP
ON ITS TARGET LIKE A MARKSMAN, AIMING ABOVE THE POINT WHERE THE PRESSURE’S APPLIED
TO ITS BODY BEFORE THRUSTING ITS SPINE
DEEP INTO THE TISSUE WITH EVERY OUNCE OF ITS POWER. AS THE TAIL RETRACTS, MORE THAN A HUNDRED
BACKWARD-FACING BARBS TEAR THROUGH FLESH
LIKE A HUNTING KNIFE. AFTER THE STRIKE,
THE RAY’S INSTINCT IS TO FLEE. I REPEAT THE TEST, AND THIS TIME, SOMETHING
REMARKABLE HAPPENS. THAT HASN’T COME OUT. THAT IS STILL ATTACHED.
THAT IS STILL ATTACHED. IT’S THE PROOF
I WAS LOOKING FOR. A RAY’S SPINE CAN STAY
EMBEDDED IN ITS VICTIM. THERE’S OBVIOUSLY
A CERTAIN RANDOM ELEMENT HERE. IF IT GOES INTO A CERTAIN PLACE,
IT’S GONNA COME OUT. IF IT GOES INTO ANOTHER PLACE,
IT’S GONNA COME OUT. ONCE IN A WHILE, THOUGH, IT’S
GONNA GET STUCK ON SOMETHING, STUCK IN A BIT OF TISSUE,
AND IT’S NOT GONNA COME OUT. WHAT I’VE JUST DEMONSTRATED
ADDS WEIGHT TO MY THEORY THAT THE BRIDE COULD HAVE BEEN
HARPOONED THROUGH THE LEG AND DRAGGED TO HER DEATH, BUT IT REMAINS JUST A THEORY. I’VE ONLY HEARD
OF THE ONE INCIDENT… AND THERE’S STILL THE QUESTION
OF STINGRAY SIZE. I DON’T THINK, THOUGH, THAT THIS COULD TAKE
AN ADULT HUMAN INTO THE WATER. I THINK YOU’D EITHER
SHAKE IT OFF OR YOU’D CRAWL OUT OF THE WATER
WITH THIS THING STILL ATTACHED. TO PROVE
BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT THAT A STINGRAY COULD HAVE
KILLED THE HONEYMOON BRIDE, I MUST CATCH A RAY
WITH A LONG SPINE THAT’S BIG ENOUGH
AND POWERFUL ENOUGH TO DRAG A WOMAN TO HER DEATH. SOMETHING BIGGER THAN THIS. THE FOLLOWING MORNING, I SET OUT AFTER A GIANT
COLOMBIAN STINGRAY, EVEN THOUGH ARMANDO HAS NEVER
CAUGHT A SUPERSIZED RAY HERE. BUT IF MY THEORY IS CORRECT,
THEN IT’S HERE SOMEWHERE. I’M GETTING THE FEELING
THAT THERE’S NOT MUCH IN THE WAY OF BAIT LEFT
ON THIS LINE. BARE HOOK — NOT THE BEST WAY
TO CATCH FISH. FISHERMEN HERE AVOID COMING
INTO CONTACT WITH RAYS — THEY’RE TOO DANGEROUS — SO NO ONE
IS ABLE TO GIVE ADVICE ON HOW TO CATCH A GIANT
OR WHERE TO FIND ONE. FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS, ARMANDO TAKES ME TO ALL THE
BEST FISHING SPOTS HE KNOWS. I CHANGE MY TACKLE
AND VARY MY BAIT, BUT THE PIRANHAS
ARE ONCE AGAIN BETWEEN ME
AND MY INVESTIGATION. THAT’S ALL THE BAIT
THAT I HAD LEFT ON THERE. COLOMBIAN RIVERS ARE USED
FOR NEFARIOUS DEEDS, ESPECIALLY AFTER DARK, BUT I HAVE TO IGNORE THE
POTENTIAL DANGER AROUND ME, AND I CONTINUE FISHING
WELL INTO THE NIGHT. WHAT A PRETTY FISH
AS CATFISH GO. I TRY TO KEEP MY SPIRITS UP, BUT AFTER FISHING FOR DAYS
WITH NO REWARD, I’M STARTING TO WONDER IF
I’LL EVER FIND THIS MONSTER. BUT MY HUNT
FOR A GIANT RAY CONTINUES. JUST JUMPED IN THE BOAT.
IS THAT AN OMEN OR WHAT? AND DESPITE PROMISING SIGNS… …IT’S THE SAME OLD STORY. THERE’S SOMETHING ON THERE. NO SIGN OF ANY CRUSHING THAT
A STINGRAY MIGHT HAVE DONE. I’M RUNNING OUT OF IDEAS
AND LUCK. ANOTHER DISAPPOINTING NIGHT
IS COMING TO AN END, WHEN MY INVESTIGATION
IS GIVEN A LIFELINE. YEAH, MY BAIT’S GONE, BUT THERE’S A FISHERMAN OUT IN
THE MIDDLE OF THE RIVER HERE. I JUST SEE HIS LIGHT,
AND HE’S APPARENTLY GOT A RAY. I MIGHT JUST MEET UP WITH HIM
AND SEE EXACTLY WHAT HE’S GOT. [ SPEAKS SPANISH ] OH, YEAH. HERE WE GO.
IT’S A STINGRAY. IT’S A SMALL ONE.
NO TAIL. HE’S SAYING THAT PROBABLY
WHEN THIS WAS A BABY, PIRANHAS CHEWED THE TAIL OFF. THE STINGRAY
WAS AN ACCIDENTAL CATCH. I’M JUST GONNA GO AND SEE
WHAT ELSE HE’S GOT. UNLIKE ME, THIS LOCAL FISHERMAN
HAS HAD A SUCCESSFUL NIGHT. CORVINA, THEY CALL THIS. THERE’S SOME CATFISH, AS WELL. THAT IS A STRANGE-LOOKING THING.
THAT’S REALLY STRANGE. THIS FISH HERE IS CALLED
A MATA-CAIMAN, WHICH MEANS IT “KILLS A CAIMAN.” IF A CAIMAN TRIES TO SWALLOW
THAT, IT ERECTS ITS FINS, AND THESE THINGS
WILL JUST PIERCE THE INSIDE OF
THE CAIMAN’S MOUTH. [ EXHALES SHARPLY, CHUCKLES ] HE SAID HE CAUGHT ALL THESE FISH
IN 10 MINUTES. SO IT SHOWS
WHEN YOU KNOW THE WATERS, THE RIVER CAN BE VERY GENEROUS. AS OUR CONVERSATION
RETURNS TO STINGRAYS, LEO TELLS ME SOME
CHILLING INFORMATION. HE’S WEARING BOOTS,
I’M NOTICING, AND HE SAYS,
“I’M VERY, VERY CAREFUL IN THE SHALLOW WATER HERE.” BUT WHAT HE TELLS ME
NEXT CONFIRMS THAT MY FARFETCHED HARPOON IDEA
IS NOT JUST A THEORY. THIS REALLY DOES HAPPEN, AND HIS SHOCKING STORY
PROVES IT. WHEN THEY ACTUALLY ARRIVED,
HE WAS DEAD. I’M JEREMY WADE. I’M 2,000 MILES UP THE AMAZON
RIVER IN COLOMBIA, TRACKING DOWN A BRIDE KILLER. I’M BEING TOLD
A HARROWING STORY WHICH MAY CONFIRM
THAT WHAT STARTED OUT AS A WILD THEORY ABOUT STINGRAYS DRAGGING
VICTIMS TO THEIR DEATH IS, IN FACT,
A GRUESOME REALITY. [ SPEAKING SPANISH ] THE INCIDENT HAPPENED
A FEW YEARS AGO. LEO AND HIS FATHER WERE FISHING ON ONE OF THE RIVER’S
MANY BEACHES. ON THIS OCCASION, HIS 10-YEAR-OLD BROTHER
HAD DECIDED TO COME ALONG. AS THEY FISHED, LEO’S BROTHER WAS ONLY
A SHORT DISTANCE AWAY, PLAYING IN THE WATER. WELL AWARE OF DANGERS
IN THE RIVER, LEO KEPT A CLOSE EYE ON HIM, BUT THIS KILLER WAS ABLE
TO STRIKE UNSEEN AND IN THE SHALLOWS. HE HEARD HIS BROTHER SHOUTING. WHEN THEY ACTUALLY ARRIVED,
HE WAS DEAD. HE’D BEEN DROWNED. THEY PULLED HIM
OUT OF THE WATER, AND THE STINGRAY WAS STILL
ATTACHED TO HIS FOOT. IT WAS ACTUALLY — YOU KNOW, THE SPINE HAD GONE INTO HIS FOOT
AND HADN’T COME OUT. [ MAN SPEAKING SPANISH ] THE RAY HAD DRAGGED HIM
TO HIS DEATH. [ SPEAKING SPANISH ] THE STINGRAY WAS SOMETHING
LIKE THAT ACROSS. THIS TRAGIC TALE MIRRORS
THE CASE I’M INVESTIGATING IN ALL BUT ONE WAY —
THE VICTIM WAS A CHILD. I’VE FELT THE POWER OF RAYS SIMILAR IN SIZE
TO THE ONE LEO DESCRIBES, AND THERE’S NO WAY THEY COULD
HAVE PULLED ME IN THE WATER. TO DRAG AND DROWN
A GROWN WOMAN, I BELIEVE A RAY
NEEDS TO BE BIGGER. BUT SO FAR, I’VE NOT ENCOUNTERED
A COLOMBIAN GIANT. I NEED MORE LOCAL KNOWLEDGE. LUCKILY, LEO KNOWS THESE WATERS
AS WELL AS ANYONE, AND HE TELLS ME ABOUT A PLACE WHERE HE BELIEVES
THERE ARE LOTS OF RAYS, MAYBE EVEN A GIANT. I ARRIVED AT THE BANKS
OF THE AMAZON IN SOUTHERN COLOMBIA NOT KNOWING
WHAT WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR KILLING
THE HONEYMOON BRIDE. I’VE WHITTLED DOWN
THE SUSPECTS, AND NOW I ONLY NEED
THE LAST PIECE OF THIS TRAGIC JIGSAW — A STINGRAY BIG ENOUGH TO DRAG
A WOMAN TO HER DEATH. ARMANDO TAKES ME
TO THE FISHING SPOT SUGGESTED BY LEO,
THE FISHERMAN I MET LAST NIGHT, WHICH TURNS OUT TO BE
VERY CLOSE TO THE TOWN. I HAVE ONE CONCERN — I NEVER EXPECTED A GIANT RAY
TO BE MY TARGET. THIS ROD MIGHT NOT BE
UP TO THE JOB. IT’S PULLED IN
MAN-SIZED ARAPAIMA, BUT A GIANT STINGRAY
USES ITS FLAT BODY TO ATTACH ITSELF TO THE BOTTOM. IT’S LIKE LIFTING A SUNKEN BOAT
RATHER THAN A FISH. WHERE I’M FISHING —
IT’S THE END OF AN ISLAND, AND WE’RE JUST MOORED IN HERE. AND WHAT I’M GONNA DO — I’M JUST GONNA THROW IT DOWN
WITH THE CURRENT. THERE’S A BIT OF AN EDDY HERE
BEHIND ME, SO PERFECT SPOT FOR SOMETHING
TO COME ALONG. I’M REMINDED
ABOUT THE INHERENT DANGERS ON THIS FRONTIER RIVER,
ESPECIALLY AFTER DARK. AS NIGHT DRAWS IN, EVERYBODY ELSE RETREATS TO
THE SECURITY OF THEIR HOMES. [ FISHING REEL CLICKING ] [ GRUNTS ] [ GRUNTS ] OH, THAT’S A RAY.
THAT’S A RAY. THAT’S GOING. THAT IS GOING.
THAT IS GOING. IT’S RUNNING. FINALLY, I’M HOOKED INTO
WHAT FEELS LIKE A BIG RAY. NOW I JUST HAVE TO LAND IT. THE MINUTES PASS,
AND DAY TURNS INTO NIGHT. RIGHT, THE THING WITH STINGRAYS
IS, YOU THINK THEY’RE SNAGGED. THE LINE IS COMPLETELY DEAD,
AND THEN IT JUST MOVES AGAIN. NOW, THIS IS JUST PULLING ME. A STINGRAY IS NOT A FISH THAT
I LIKE TO HANDLE VERY MUCH. IT’S ALSO SOMETIMES A FISH
I DON’T LIKE TO HOOK BECAUSE YOU GET INTO A BIG ONE AND IT’S A LONG TIME
AND IT’S VERY TIRING. I’VE BEEN LOCKED INTO
GIANT RAYS IN THE PAST, BUT NEVER ON SUCH A SMALL BOAT
OR IN THE DARK. I KNOW THIS RAY IS BIGGER THAN ANY I’VE CAUGHT
SO FAR IN COLOMBIA, BUT ONCE IT’S STUCK
TO THE RIVERBED, IT’S DIFFICULT TO KNOW WHAT
SIZE I’M REALLY DEALING WITH. BUT TO NAIL MY THEORY 100%, I NEED A RAY BIG ENOUGH TO
DRAG AN ADULT TO THE BOTTOM. THE FISH HAS GOT
TOO MUCH LEVERAGE. [BLEEP] THE REALIZATION DAWNS ON ME THAT I CAN’T SHIFT
THE RAY FROM HERE. HM. SO WE HAVE TO CAST OFF
FROM OUR MOORING TO CHANGE MY ANGLE OF ATTACK. [ EXHALES SHARPLY ] BUT NOW THERE’S MORE STRAIN
ON BOTH ME AND THE ROD. THE BUTT OF THIS ROD
IN MY STOMACH — IT’S REALLY STARTING TO HURT. HAVING COME SO FAR,
HAVING FOUGHT SO HARD, A BROKEN ROD AND A LOST RAY
ARE MY WORST NIGHTMARE. BUT IN THIS TITANIC STRUGGLE,
SOMETHING HAS TO GIVE. RIGHT, IT’S COMING UP, COMING
UP, COMING UP, COMING UP. AH! I’M JEREMY WADE, AND I’M ON THE SOUTHERN
COLOMBIAN BORDER, INVESTIGATING AN
EXTRAORDINARY HOMICIDE. THE POSSIBLE BRIDE KILLER
IS ONLY YARDS AWAY WHEN MY EQUIPMENT FAILS ME. AH! HAVE I GOT A LINE, STILL? YES, I’VE GOT A LINE. THE ROD SNAPPED,
BUT THE LINE DIDN’T. IT’S NOW HAND TO HAND. NOW I’VE GOT REAL PROBLEMS. THIS IS GONNA BE
VERY INTERESTING NOW. I DON’T KNOW HOW BIG
THIS RAY IS, BUT IN AN INSTANT, THIS STRUGGLE HAS BECOME
INFINITELY MORE DANGEROUS. I’VE GOT TO BE CAREFUL ALSO THAT I DON’T GET MY HAND CAUGHT
IN THIS LINE. AT ANY MOMENT, A LOOP IN MY LINE COULD TURN
INTO A DEADLY NOOSE. THE LINE’S NOT GONNA BREAK.
I COULD GO OVER THE SIDE. I HAVE NO PLANS TO BE DRAGGED
TO THE BOTTOM LIKE LEO’S BROTHER
OR THE HONEYMOON BRIDE. IT’S SLOWLY COMING UP,
SLOWLY COMING UP. I SEE THE END
OF MY BROKEN ROD. THE FISH CAN’T BE FAR BEHIND. IF THIS FISH WAS ATTACHED
TO MY LEG, YOU KNOW, IF THIS HAD ITS BARB
CAUGHT IN MY FOOT, I WOULD BE ABLE TO DO NOTHING —
NOTHING AT ALL. OH, MY KNEES ARE JUST TREMBLING,
TREMBLING, TREMBLING. THERE IT IS, THERE IT IS.
THAT’S BIG. THAT IS VERY BIG.
THAT IS BIG. THIS IS
A MONSTROUS AMAZON RAY, EASILY STRONG ENOUGH
TO DRAG ME OVERBOARD OR A WOMAN TO HER DEATH IF IT ALSO HAS
THE NECESSARY WEAPONRY. TO FIND THAT OUT,
I NEED TO GET IT TO SHORE. I NEED SORT OF A BEACH,
A GENTLY SLOPING BEACH. UNFORTUNATELY,
HERE IN THE DARK, ALL I’VE GOT IS
A SLIPPERY, STEEP BANK, AND THIS IS NO ORDINARY
RIVER MONSTER. ANY NORMAL FISH
IN THIS SITUATION — NO PROBLEM AT ALL —
I JUST GRAB IT. THE THING ABOUT THIS FISH IS,
I TRY AND GRAB IT, IT PERCEIVES THAT
AS EVEN MORE OF AN INSULT, MORE OF AN ATTACK,
AND SOMEWHERE DOWN HERE, THERE IS A VERY NASTY SPINE, AND I DON’T WANT THAT
GOING ANYWHERE NEAR ME. HERE IT IS. [ BREATHING HEAVILY ] I REALLY THOUGHT
I WASN’T GONNA GET THIS IN. I WAS USING 150-POUND MAIN LINE, BRAID, 100-POUND NYLON,
AND THEN 150-POUND KEVLAR. AND THIS THING — WHEN IT TOOK,
IT JUST WENT. IF I DIDN’T HAVE A DRAG
ON MY REEL, I WOULD HAVE BEEN IN THE WATER. AH! ON A ROD AND LINE, YOU GET A REAL SENSE
OF THE POWER, AND THIS THING HERE… WELL, IF THOSE SPINES —
AND THERE’S TWO OF THEM THERE — IF THEY WENT IN YOUR LEG
AND CAME OUT, THAT WOULD BE VERY BAD NEWS. BUT IF THEY DIDN’T COME OUT
AND REMAINED ATTACHED, THAT WOULD BE EVEN WORSE. IF THIS THING DECIDED TO GO AND IT DECIDED TO HEAD OFF
FOR THE DEEP WATER AND YOU’RE ATTACHED,
THERE’S NOTHING, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING,
YOU COULD DO ABOUT IT. HAVING FELT THE RAW POWER OF THIS COLOMBIAN
RIVER MONSTER, I NOW HAVE NO DOUBT ABOUT THE FATE
OF THE HONEYMOON BRIDE. A FISH LIKE THIS COULD EASILY
HAVE BEEN RESPONSIBLE. I BELIEVE A RAY THIS SIZE WITH THIS WEAPONRY
WAS TO BLAME, AND THIS YOUNG WOMAN
DIDN’T STAND A CHANCE. IT MUST HAVE STRUCK
IN A HEARTBEAT… …THEN DRAGGED HER INTO
THE AMAZON’S SHADOWY DEPTHS. I’VE SPENT A LOT OF TIME
IN THE AMAZON, BUT COLOMBIA’S GIANT RAYS
ARE NEW TO ME. AND LOCAL SCIENTISTS
DON’T KNOW HOW MANY THERE ARE IN THESE WATERS
OR HOW BIG THEY GROW. BUT ONE THING IS CERTAIN — THE HONEYMOON BRIDE
WAS NOT THE FIRST NOR WILL SHE BE THE LAST TO EXPERIENCE THEIR DEADLY
STRIKE AND AWESOME POWER. FOR BEHIND-THE-SCENES STORIES,
FISHING GAMES, AND MORE, GO TO
animalplanet.com/rivermonsters.

26 thoughts on “[River Monsters] Season 05/ Episode 04- COLOMBIAN SLASHER [HD-1080p]

  1. Great video, have been looking forward to it, how often do you normally upload videos?

  2. This video has been out for 15 hours and there has only been like 600 views! How is that possible?!?

  3. I literally have been watching Jeremy Wades's River Monster's on NGC since it premiered in 2009. Never stopped watching. One of my favorite series of all time, some of the best T.V. there is!

  4. Jeremy wades mighty rivers next video please 😁 😁 😁

    Or Dark Waters? 😁

  5. Plot twist..its really pablo Escobars cocaine hippos c'mon now 😬😂😂 if you dont know you're too young!!🤦‍♂️🤯

  6. Jeremy Wade is such a bad ass. I love the respect he shows to the locals wherever he goes, and I really enjoy watching his sheer skill with fishing. He has a single finger on the line and can even tell that there's a slight chewing sensation. Truly, he is a master of his craft.

    Edit: Major respect to the people who edit this series. Perfect timing with the recreation of the bride, right when she steps down at 26:27 "What I've just demonstrated adds weight to my theory." It's subtle things like that which really make this show something great. Huge respect to the editors.

  7. I love unfortunately theres horror stories not just about fish and he trys to prove or dispove the story

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