Died this Thursday (23), in Bahia, the elderly woman who became famous in the 2000s after filming the action of drug dealers and neglectful police in Rio de Janeiro.
The images taken by Dona Vitória, as she was identified at the time, led to an operation that arrested more than 30 people involved in drug trafficking in Ladeira dos Tabajaras, a favela in Copacabana, in the South Zone.
The case was revealed in 2005 by the newspaper Extrawhich on this Thursday told the backstage of the story and the real name of the Alagoan: Joana Zeferino da Paz.
Joana had lived anonymously for 17 years, for security reasons. The exact city where she lived in Bahia was not disclosed.
In his testimony published in Extra, Fábio Gusmão, who reported at the time and followed the case, says that Joana left the property where she lived for 36 years to join the Witness Protection Program.
There began a life of “privation, anguish, detachment and resilience”, says Gusmão: “His desire, for years, was to have public recognition”, he wrote.