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Elize Matsunaga Real Story

Born in 1974 (when she was 47 years old), Elize Matsunaga is a surgical nurse and businesswoman from Chopinzinho, South Western, Paraná, Brazil. Elize killed her husband and mutilated his body. According to the reports, Elize worked as a surgical nurse.

She was given a life sentence for the murder of her husband, Marcos Matsunaga. She is also the mother of a daughter who is currently living with her father’s family.

Elize rose to fame because to a Netflix docuseries that thoroughly examines the incident. Eliza Matsunaga: The sources claim that the name of the series, which began on July 8, 2021, is Once Upon a Crime. In this article, we provide you with details on Elize Matsunaga.

Elize Matsunaga’s Biography

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Wikipedia Elize Matsunaga: According to the reports, Elize was born to her parents in 1974. She was born into a low-income household in Chopinzinho, South Western, Paraná, Brazil. As a Christian, she follows the faith. Based on her birthdate, Elize Matsunaga is 47 years old (as of 2021).

She was born into a low-income family. According to media accounts, Elize’s father allegedly abandoned her family when she was barely 3 years old. Then, her mother moved into Eloze’s grandmother’s house.

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According to the accounts, Matsunaga’s grandmom and aunt raised her. Since she was a little child, Elize apparently dreamed of having a luxurious lifestyle. If she wanted to live a happy life, her mother counseled her to work hard and pursue her education.

Her mother does not, however, have the resources to pay for her higher education. Because of this, she started working for an escort company. She reportedly completed a nursing course, according to the sources. She reportedly used her high-end escorting employment to pay for her room’s rent and nursing school fees.

Elize Matsunaga Wiki

Full Real NameElize Ramos Kitano Matsunaga.
Known asElize Matsunaga.
Age (as of 2021)47 years old.
ProfessionSurgical Nurse and Entrepreneur.
Date of Birth1974.
Place of BirthChopinzinho, South Western, Paraná, Brazil.
Current ResidenceTremembé Women’s Penitentiary.
Alma materNursing School. Law School.
Height (approx.)In Feet Inches: 5′ 7″.In Meters: 1.7 m.In Centimetres: 170 cm.
Weight (approx.)In Kilograms: 60 kg.In Pounds: 132 lbs.
Eye ColorBlue.
Hair ColorBlonde.
EthnicityWhite Brazilian Caucasian.
ParentsFather- Not KnownMother- Not Known


In order to live a life of luxury, Elize moved to So Paulo, where she started working as a luxury escort for M.Class. The reports claim that when acting as an escort, she went under the name Kelly. She is a surgical nurse in terms of her line of work.

Elize Matsunaga’s Husband & Children

According to the sources, Elize Matsunaga first met her husband Marcos Kitano Matsunaga on the escort website M.Class. According to the claims, Marcos Matsunaga was a successful food brand entrepreneur. His grandpa Yoshizo Kitano was a wealthy businessman in Brazil.

Elize met Marcos Matsunaga through an escort siteElize met Marcos Matsunaga through an escort site

Marcos was the CEO of the food company “Yoki.” The sources claim that Marcos Kitano routinely visited the escort sites to utilize the services. Elize piqued Marcos’ interest, and he hired her permanently.


Marcos Kitano Matsunaga and Elize were married at Anglican ChurchMarcos Kitano Matsunaga and Elize were married at Anglican Church

They then started dating. According to the tales, the couple got married at an Anglican church. She was ecstatic to wed Marcos since he gave her the rich lifestyle she had imagined since she was a young child.

Elize lived a princess life after marrying Marcos MatsunagaElize lived a princess life after marrying Marcos Matsunaga

Finding Marcos Kitano Matsunaga to wed was a stroke of luck for Elize. She had a magnificent way of life. They both enjoyed visiting different places. According to the sources, Elize Matsunaga and Marcos Kitano Matsunaga were married and had a daughter. According to the sources, her daughter’s name is Helena Matsunaga.

Elize Matsunaga’s Real Story

According to the tales, Marcos and Elize met while he was still married to his first wife. Elize and Marcos Kitano lived together as lovers for three years before Marcos divorced his first wife. After that, they got married. After some time of marriage, Elize discovered Marcos Matsunaga’s adultery.

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She decided to divorce Marcos after that, but she later found out she was having his child. Since that day, their friendship has deteriorated. Elize Matsunaga eventually gave birth to a stunning girl named “Helena Matsunaga”.

An old photo of Elize Matsunaga and Marcos MatsunagaAn old photo of Elize and Marcos Matsunaga

On May 19, 2012, Elize Matsunaga fatally shot her husband Marcos Kitano Matsunaga in their apartment in Sao Paulo, Brazil. They fought a lot before this incident happened. Elize fatally shot her husband, dismembered him, and placed the pieces in a suitcase.

Elize Ramos Kitano Matsunaga killed her husband and dismember his bodyElize Ramos Kitano Matsunaga killed her husband and dismember his body

She then scattered the suitcases along a route around 20 kilometers from their apartment in Sao Paulo. After finding the bag, the police started their investigation. According to the reports, Elize Matsunaga was captured after the investigator showed her CCTV footage of Elize carrying suitcases out of the apartment building.


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Elize Matsunaga’s Case 

According to sources, Matsunaga acknowledged killing her husband in December 2016 and accepted responsibility. She said that her spouse had mistreated her physically and sexually in addition to cheating on her.

Elize Matsunaga sentenced to 19 years in prisonElize Matsunaga sentenced to 19 years in prison

She stated that Marcos’ parents had requested a DNA test after finding out that Elize was an escort. They also ask for her daughter’s custody. According to the sources, Elize Matsunaga received a sentence of 19 years in jail. In her statement, Elize said the following:

Being completely honest, I have no idea what feelings motivated me to murder my husband Marcos Matsunaga.

Elize Matsunaga confessed her crimeElize Matsunaga confessed her crime

Where is Elize Matsunaga & her Daughter Helena Matsunaga Now? 

According to the sources, Elize Matsunaga is currently in Tremembe, a municipality in So Paulo, Brazil.

Marcos Kitano Matsunaga with his daughter Helena MatsunagaMarcos Kitano Matsunaga with his daughter Helena Matsunaga

Her daughter Helena Matsunaga is said to live with Marcos Matsunaga’s parents. The reports claim that Elize hasn’t seen her daughter since 2012.

Elize Matsunaga’s Docuseries

According to sources, Netflix has produced a docuseries based on the real-life events surrounding Elize Matsunaga. This documentary series is called “Eliza Matsunaga: Once Upon a Crime.” The original name of the series was “Elize Matsunaga: Era Uma Vez Um Crime.”

Netflix's crime docuseries Eliza Matsunaga Once Upon a CrimeNetflix’s crime docuseries Eliza Matsunaga Once Upon a Crime

This series was created by Boutique Filmes, a So Paulo-based production company. Netflix aired the first four episodes of the series on July 8, 2021. Elize was primarily portrayed by actress Gilli Messer.


Name of the SeriesEliza Matsunaga: Once Upon a Crime.
Original TitleElize Matsunaga: Era Uma Vez Um Crime.
Release Date8 July 2021.
No. of Episodes4.
Names of EpisodesMarital Status: Widow. A Princess Life. Elize’s Unfortunate Idea. Echoes of a Crime.
CastGilli Messer. Stephanie Sherry.Elize Matsunaga.
Produced ByBoutique Filmes.

5 Facts You Didn’t Know About Elize Matsunaga

Elize Matsunaga and Marcos Matsunaga loved huntingElize Matsunaga and Marcos Matsunaga loved hunting
  • Elize and Marcos Kitano Matsunaga loved to travel and go hunting.
  • They each uploaded a range of images pertaining to trip online.
  • According to the allegations, Matsunaga also holds a law degree.
  • While in prison, she also learned to sew.
  • Matsunaga is also a proficient shooter.

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