'Chop-Chop Lady' killer set free, deported to US

Remember the case of 'chop-chop lady' Elsa Castillo, whose character was immortalized by two 'chop-chop' films featuring Kris Aquino and Lorna Tolentino?

The victim's boyfriend and murderer -- American Stephen Mark Whisenhunt -- was recently freed and deported to the USA following his early release due to good behavior in the prison camp, immigration authorities said Monday.

Whisenhunt, who was found guilty of killing and chopping up the body of Filipino girlfriend Elsa Castillo, served a life term at the National Bilibid Prisons for the grisly murder was deported February 28, 2 months after he was released from prison.

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

In a report from Henry Atuelan of DZMM, 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.

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