American in 'gruesome chop-chop lady' case deported


Posted at Mar 11 2013 08:13 PM | Updated as of Mar 12 2013 04:13 AM

MANILA - An American who was found guilty of killing and chopping up the body of his Filipino girlfriend has been deported to the US, immigration authorities said Monday.

Stephen Mark Whisenhunt, who served a life term at the National Bilibid Prisons for the grisly murder of his girlfriend, Elsa Santos Castillo, was deported February 28, 2 months after he was released from prison.

Whisenhunt stabbed and killed Castillo, and then dismembered her body.

Whisenhunt, who owned a Mitsubishi car dealership along Shaw Boulevard, was sentenced to reclusion perpetua by the Regional Trial Court of Pasig City Branch 152 in January 31, 1996.

However, he was granted early release because of good behavior in prison, authorities said.

Whisenhunt was deported to Los Angeles in California, USA.

The murder of Castillo in September 1993 in San Juan, Metro Manila was one of the most violent crimes of passion in the Philippines.

Court records described the murder as "gruesome and hideous."

Castillo's body parts were packed in four garbage bags and separately thrown along the road from Cubao to Bataan. Hence, the term "chop-chop lady".

Two movies, including one starring Kris Aquino, were made on the Elsa Castillo "chop-chop lady" case. - with a report from Henry Atuelan, dzMM