Friday, August 07, 2009

Muti killing, chilling screams heard

The body of a man has been found in Verulam who appeared to have been laid down on a blanket before having his chest sliced open and inner organs removed.

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His genitals and some skin on his legs were also removed.

It is the second time a body with parts missing has been found in Verulam over the past year.

An anonymous person called private security company, Reaction Unit South Africa, early on Saturday.

The man said he had heard chilling screams the night before and had seen a bloody blanket lying on the ground, security company head, Prem Balram, said.

"The caller stated that he was scared to check what was wrapped in the blanket," he said.

Balram sent out a team to the area, near a deserted petrol station in the Dawncrest area.

They found a woolen blanket at the bottom of an embankment.

"We found a man with his T-shirt partly ripped off and his pants and belt at his knees.

"His body had been neatly sliced open from his chest down to his abdomen and it seemed that his organs were missing.

"His private parts were also removed and the skin around his inner thighs were sliced out and removed neatly.

"The cutting seemed to have been done with a very sharp knife or unknown instrument and was performed on top of the blanket," said Balram.

Balram was unable to say if the man was alive when the cutting took place.

Verulam police spokesperson, Inspector Charles Khumalo, confirmed the incident and said a case of murder had been opened at the Verulam Police Station.

"At this stage, no arrests have been made.

"The suspect or suspects are still at large but the investigation is still continuing," said Khumalo.

Khumalo said there had been another incident last year, a man was murdered and skinned in Buffelsdraai, Verulam.

He said, however, that it appeared the two murder cases were not linked.

7 Opinion(s):

Ranger Tom said...

Sounds like to me at least, that this is the work of a serial killer. Several things like the removal of the internal organs and genitalia point in that direction.

It had to be a white male between the ages or 26 to 40.

Because we all know that the black man is incapable of being a serial killer, don't we?

Anonymous said...

It won't be the work of a serial killer in the classic sense, a lone dude, black or white killing one by one. In southern Africa, muti killing is common. It's where sangomas (witchdoctors) request parts from humans best harvested while the victim is alive and usually involves cutting out the major organs and genitalia, male and female. Black Africans believe this "muti" magic gives them mystical powers to fix marriages, get a job, cure disease, whatever. That's what happened here.

Btw, South Africa has black serial killers besides the ones they haven't apprehended yet - one was a David Selepe (they pinned 8 women to him) and one of the worst was a Moses Sithole, 38 murders and 40 rapes pinned to him.

Ranger Tom said...

I must apologize Doberman...

Sometimes I get kind of morose and sarcasm comes out and sometimes people don't know how to take what I say. In typical cop~gallows humor my dark side comes out once in a while.

I understand a little better now about Muti killings, which I'd never heard of before.

Forgive me for being a little jaded and being insensitive.

Anonymous said...

No apologies necessary just for making a comment. Many people are unaware of this side of the "noble savage". It seems dabbling in human parts whether turning them into powder to make "magic" or eating them is something noble savages excelled at until the evil whites stopped them. Unfortunately, this stuff still lives on in the 21st century in Africa which speaks to the mentality and un-enlightenment of these cultures.

FishEagle said...

Muti magic epitomizes the African way of thinking - can't move forward in life without destroying another's life.

Viking said...

hadn't thought of it that way before.
In ancient times, extispicy (spelling?) involved reading animal organs after sacrificing them.. but only after they were dead! And it was mostly used on sheep I think, never people. That was 4,000 years ago. I'm not sure if anything like Muti ever existed in any other culture...

Anonymous said...

@ RT...

Muti Killings have spiralled out of control in SA since we became a defacto dictatorship.

Prominent people are involved, and the police will not look too far in this case. It will be quickly covered over.

Muti Killers are paid by witchdoctors or "traditional healers", who now have the same standing as registered MD's, to harvest body parts. It is often contracted to the same gang of trusted "harvesters" and is almost alway black-on-black.

To make the specific muti more powerful, the parts should ideally be removed from the victim while they are alive. The screams and pain of the victim potentiates the muti. It is also more potent if the person who needs the muti and the victim are somehow known to each other.

It is FUCKING barbaric, but these fuckers have the same standing as MD's and you HMO is expected to pay for it.