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South African serial killers
Transcript of South African serial killers
South Africa's First Serial Killer
Cape Town - 1903
Took out life insurance on people who owed him money. Drowned and strangled these victims to claim on policy.
as police were about to catch him.
As a child he cut the feet off cats to watch them try and walk on their stumps
WANTED: Moses Sithole
'No known profile fits'
Intellectually brilliant, cultured and sophisticated
Cannibalizes his victims by prepares gourmet meals with their flesh.
Moses Sithole: The Man
Born in a poor neighborhood in the Apartheid era. Father died when he was 5, mother abandoned the family. Mistreated at an orphanage for 3 years
Arrested for rape as a teenager, imprisoned for 7 years. He blames this for his murderous tendencies. He claims the women he murdered reminded him of those who accused him.
Mild mannered, organized, intelligent, arrogant, remorseless
Apparent humanitarian, managing "Youth Against Human Abuse" organization. Married with a child.
Forensic Profiler: Micki Pistorius
First profiler appointed by SAPS, as head of Investigative Psych Unit.
Doctoral thesis on serial killers
Investigated over 30 serial killer cases and trained nearly 200 investigative detectives
Worked with ex-FBI Profiler Robert Ressler on the case of the SA strangler
middle-class women in their twenties and early thirties, who looked after their appearance. Unemployed or looking for better employment. The killer lured them with hopes of a job.
Decaying human bodies
Two stage chemical process
Five stages of decomposition
immediately after the heart stops beating, includes livid mortis, rigor mortis, algor mortis and process of autolysis
microbial proliferation with gas accumulation
greatest mass loss due to feeding of maggots and purging of decomposition fluids
body begins to dry and preserve itself, insect activity lessens, adipocere may form (esp. in cold, moist conditions)
only dry skin, cartilage and bones remain; once all the soft tissue is removed it is referred to as skeletonisation
September 16th 1995
Van Dyk's Mine
Dr Mervyn Mansell
Total Bodies: 11
Varying States of Decay
"The South African Strangler"
"The Apartheid Killer"
Part of the "establishment", "doing his job", unapologetic, religious, racist
All his victims were black men, who were alleged burglars. He responded to silent alarms and shot all of them with a pistol on the premises and then called the police.
Charged with 19 murders, 21 attempted murders. Convicted of 7 murders, 2 attempted murders.
His daughter was convicted of hiring a hit man to kill her mother and was also imprisoned. He was released 12 years into his sentence.
"Monster of Tholeni"
"West-End serial killer"
West of Johannesburg
Claimed to be a prophet
16 (15 women and 1 child)
Method of murder:
Strangulation (often with panties, clothing, handbag straps)
escaped from custody by posing as a fellow inmate
16 life sentences
Tholani village, Eastern Cape
Serial killer and rapist
20 weak and vulnerable women and children
Method of murder:
axe or panga
his 'abnormally large' shoe print led to his capture
25 life sentences
Asphyxia produced by compression of the neck by human hands.
cyanosis, engorgement, petechial haemorrhages
externally: nothing or bruises and/or abrasions and/or scratch marks
internally: deep bruises, haemorrhage in lymph nodes, thyroid, salivary glands; lacerations of mucosa of larynx and pharynx
hyoid bone and laryngeal cartilage fracture/damage
Compression of the neck by something other than the victim's body weight (often a ligature)
ligature marks generally horizontal with bruises and abrasions
rarely hyoid bone and laryngeal cartilage damage
facial engorgement and subconjunctival petechial haemorrhages
pale face if circulation stopped
marked asphyxial signs
Mechanism of death:
reflex cardiac arrest
"The Canefield Killer"
Appeared "normal" to his family, above average intelligence, charming, dangerous
Lured his victims to a sugar cane field, raped and murdered them, strangling them with their underwear and burying them in shallow graves. Victims were black females between ages of 20-30 years.
DNA evidence from previous rapes matched victims. 506 years in prison.
Profiling Serial Killers
Initial method of murder
Final method of murder
Strangulation with self made 'garotte'
Evolution of murder method
Ligature to strangle: often clothing
a black male in his late 20s or early 30s;
self-employed with access to money;
drive an expensive car;
wear flashy clothes and jewellery;
socially competent, charming and a ladies man;
probably be married, separated or divorced;
visit places where alcohol is sold and enjoy socialising;
likely some involvement in fraud and theft;
he might tell someone that he is the killer although he would use the third person and he might taunt the police;
follow reports of the murders and the police investigation in the press;
detest women, despite being very charming to them, enjoys controlling them and approaches them in a calculated manner, knowing he will kill them.
masturbate after the crimes, collect mementoes and later dispose thereof;
high sex drive and peruse pornography;
some kind of exposure to sexual violence in his past, perhaps as a juvenile;
very intelligent and streetwise.
The Profile of the SA Strangler
Identifying victims takes time, and may not lead to capture of the killer because all that link them are the "type" of person they were, randomly selected by the killer. Police need to be connected to the killer in another way in order to successful solve the case.
Profiling began in 1940s in USA by Psychiatrist James Brussel, and became an official tool of the FBI through the Behavioural Science Unit.
Profilers study crime scene, using expert knowledge of human behaviour, experience and logic to draw up a conceptual idea of what the killer would be like as a person
Analysis of type and nature of crime, comparing to people who have committed similar crimes in the past
Victim's background and activities analyzed to look for motives and connections
Possible factors for motivation of the crime are analyzed
Description of possible offender is created
Allows for prediction of future behaviour
Profile can direct investigators to key components of the case, enabling effective detective work
"An investigative technique by which to identify the major personality and behavioural characteristics of the offender, based upon an analysis of the crime(s) he/she committed"
Antisocial Personality Disorder
- lack of empathy, no remorse, disregard for laws and social norms, deceptive, impulsive, aggressive, irresponsible
- charming, manipulative, intimidating, intelligent
These killing match previous 4, are we dealing with the same killer?!
Crime information from arthropods
1. Time of Death
2. Moving of corpse
3. Day or Night
A FORENSIC ENTOMOLOGIST AVAILABLE IN EVERY MAJOR CENTRE
HE'S GETTING ARROGANT
Call to reporter: "I am the man who is so highly wanted"
Calls to families of victims
Attended a victim's funeral, introduced self to victim's father as old boyfriend
THE SLIP UP...
Beauty Nuku Soko
Sara Matlakala Mokono
Esther Moshibudi Mainetjas
Francina Nomsa Sithebe
Elizabeth Granny Mathetsas
Ernestina Mohadi Mosebo
Josephine Mantsali Mlangeni
Granny Dimakatso Ramela
Mildred Ntiya Lepule
Elsie Khoti Masango
Unknown burnt body
Oscarina Vuyokazi Jakalases
Nelisiwe Nontobeko Zulu
Amelia Dikamakatso Rapodile
South Africa...breeding ground for serial killers
More serial killers in Africa than in the Western world
SA produced the serial killer with the 14th highest victim count
Africa: highest no. of deaths ascribed to cannibalism and vampirism
About 99% of African serial killers are not psychotic but organised killers
Root of the problem in Africa has been suggested to be: