Ingrid Olderock

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Íngrid Olderöck
Born14 September 1943
Santiago, Chile
Died17 March 2001 (57 years)[1][2]

Íngrid Felicitas Olderöck Benhard (14 September 1943 – 17 March 2001),[2] better known as "Woman of The Dogs", was a Carabineros de Chile major who was converted into an agent of the DINA (Chilean Secret Police) in 1973. She was responsible for human rights violations during the first years of the military dictatorship in Chile.[3]

Early life[edit]

Olderöck was a descendant of Nazi-affiliated Germans - [4] her father hailed from Hamburg and her mother from Munich.[5] She emigrated to Chile with her parents and sisters. According to Nancy Guzmán, a journalist and author of the book Ingrid Olderöck: The Woman of the Dogs, the future agent was raised in a very authoritarian family environment where there was a certain contempt for Latin culture, considering it less prone to order. Her parents had their children learn to use musical instruments, dance, or write, and they had to speak German exclusively.[6][7]

She stated during an interview with Guzmán:[6]

Yo soy nazi desde pequeña, desde que aprendí que el mejor período que vivió Alemania fue cuando estuvieron los nazis en el poder, cuando había trabajo y tranquilidad y no había ladrones sinvergüenzas.
I have been a Nazi since I was a child, since I learned that the best period Germany experienced was when the Nazis were in power, when there was work and peace, and there were no shameless thieves.

—Ingrid Olderock: La mujer de los perros

Human rights violations[edit]

In October 1973, Olderöck joined the DINA with the rank of captain and participated in the Women's School of the institution, where approximately 70 women were trained in the methods of torture as well as repressive tactics against opponents of the military dictatorship.[3][8] According to sources, during her tenure at the DINA, she became privy to secrets related to Project Andrea, which was led by the Pinochet military dictatorship to manufacture and apply sarin against opponents.[9]

In 1974, the DINA established its first detention centers, among which was Venda Sexy, where Olderöck would commit torture and rape using a dog named "Volodia".

When her parents died, she took it upon herself to have her sister tortured and raped in order to seize the inheritance.[9]

Attempted assassination[edit]

On July 15, 1981, Olderöck fell victim to an attack at her home. She was shot in the head by a commando from the Revolutionary Left Movement (MIR). Following this incident, she retired from the Carabineros.[8] Olderöck maintained that, although the attack was carried out by the MIR, it had been planned by Carabineros in retaliation for her desertion. According to Nancy Guzmán, Olderöck "always insisted that the deceased General César Mendoza gave the order for her assassination and that it was Major Julio Benimelli who carried it out".[8]


Olderöck died on March 17, 2001, at the age of 57 due to an acute digestive hemorrhage.[2] Her human rights violations remained unpunished.[3] While alive, she exhibited signs of madness caused by the projectile lodged in her head after the attack.[9]

Cultural reference[edit]

The story of Olderöck served as inspiration for the animated short film Beast, directed by Hugo Covarrubias and released in 2021. The movie was nominated for an Oscar in the "best animated short film" category.[10]



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  2. ^ a b c "Realizan velatón en memoria de ex-integrante de la DINA". EMOL. 11 March 2001.
  3. ^ a b c "Item 000494 - Ingrid Olderock". Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos. Retrieved 8 February 2022.
  4. ^ ""La mujer de los perros": La historia de impunidad y barbarie de Ingrid Olderock en la DINA". El Dínamo. 18 November 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2022.
  5. ^ Donoso, Claudia (4 March 2020). "A la vuelta de la esquina: Una entrevista con Ingrid Olderock". Ecfrasis. Retrieved 8 February 2022.
  6. ^ a b (Guzmán 2014, p. 175)
  7. ^ Nanjari, Mónica (2022-02-14). ""Bestia": la siniestra hija de alemanes que inspiró un corto nominado a un Óscar". Deutsche Welle (in European Spanish). Retrieved 2022-08-22.
  8. ^ a b c Fajardo, Marco (10 September 2014). "El horror de Ingrid Olderock, la más siniestra de la DINA". El Mostrador. Retrieved 8 February 2022.
  9. ^ a b c "Entrenó perros para violar y mandó a torturar a su hermana: quién era Íngrid Olderöck". Clarín. 2022-02-08. Retrieved 2022-02-09.
  10. ^ "Cortometraje chileno "Bestia" es preseleccionado en los premios Oscar 2022". CNN Chile. 22 December 2021.