Moses Sithole, South Africa’s most prolific serial killer

Moses Sithole was born in Vosloosrus on the 17th November 1964, in a township in Boksburg, Transvaal Province, South Africa. He was called the ABC serial killer because; he began killing and raping in Atteridgeville, Boksburg and ended in Cleveland a suburb of Johannesburg.

Moses Sithole is South Africa’s most prolific serial killer. He killed and raped 38 women in 1997. There were two more victims that were raped.

 

Childhood

Moses was one of five children and born into poverty. He was five years old when his father died. Due to the fact that his mother could not support them she merely abandoned them. Moses and his siblings were put in an orphanage for three years. He said that due to the abuse it prompted him to run away. He went to live with his older brother and found work in the gold mines in Johannesburg.

Teen Crimes

While still in his teen years he was arrested for rape and spent seven years in prison. He later said the reason he started killing women was because he was jailed in the first place. He maintained that he was innocent of the crime.

Moses had an aggressive attitude towards women and all of his relationships were short lived. Some people say it might be because; his mother abandoned him. When he started killing and raping he was managing a shell corporation Youth against Human Abuse. Most of his assaults were during the day and his rape victims said he was charming and would sometimes tell them the abuse he suffered as a child.

He would lure his victims with the promise of employment opportunities. All of his victims were black females. Moses took them to a remote field where he raped, beat and murdered them. He strangled them with their own underwear and wrote bitch on their bodies.

His first known rape victim was Patricia Khumalo 29, in September 1987. In February 1989, he raped Buyiswa Doris Swakamisa. Buyiswa went to the police and Moses was arrested. Patricia also testified in his trail with three other rape victims. He was found guilty and sentence to prison for six years in Boksburg prison in 1989.

The start of his Massive Crime Wave

In 1993, he was released for good behaviour. He had learned from his mistakes and during January and April 1995, he killed four black women who were found raped and strangled. By the time the police found thirty victims there was nationwide panic. At the time president Nelson Mandela personally went to Boksburg to appeal to the public for help. In Pretoria the police formed a special unit to determine the pattern of the murders. Although the method of the killing varied so much the evidence showed the murderer took pleasure in the pain of his victims and most of his victims met someone who gave them a promise of employment.

Moses’s Method:

Moses had an aggressive attitude towards women and all of his relationships were short lived. Some people say it might be because; his mother abandoned him. When he started killing and raping he was managing a shell corporation Youth against Human Abuse. Most of his assaults were during the day and his rape victims said he was charming and would sometimes tell them the abuse he suffered as a child.

He would lure his victims with the promise of employment opportunities. All of his victims were black females. Moses took them to a remote field where he raped, beat and murdered them. He strangled them with their own underwear and wrote bitch on their bodies.

A body was discovered at the Van Dyk Mine near Boksburg on the 16 September 1995. While the police were investigating they uncovered a mass grave with ten bodies. The police believed the Boksburg and Atteridgeville murders were linked.

South Africa reaches out for help

The South African Police decided to seek external help and on the 23rd of September 1995, Robert Ressler a retired FBI agent came to South Africa. Robert was responsible for profiling Moses. The profile said it was an intelligent, organised individual with a high sex drive who became confident.

During the investigations the police uncovered the body of Amelia Rapodile. She was last seen with Moses on the 7th of September 1995, for a job application. Moses did not slow down with his killing spree as the manhunt for him continued, he just disappeared.

Moses contacted Tamsen de Beer; she was a South African journalist on the 3rd of October 1995. He identified himself as the wanted murderer and during the telephone conversation he told her the murders were revenge for the time he went to prison. Moses told her he killed 76 victims and gave directions where he buried the bodies.

Arrest of the monster

He was arrested on the 18th of October 1995. Moses did not go quietly and attacked a police officer; the officer shot him in the leg and stomach. Moses underwent surgery and they discovered he was HIV positive. Moses was transferred to the military hospital in Pretoria where he confessed to the killings in an interview with police.

He was sentenced on the 5th of December 1997, to 50 years in prison for each of the 38 murders, 12 years for each of the 40 rapes and 5 years for each of the 6 robberies. According to sources since his sentences will run consecutively his sentence is a total of 2,410 years. Judge David Carstairs said he will have to serve 930 years, before he will be considered for parole. Moses was incarcerated at C-Max, the maximum security prison in Pretoria.

Most of his victims were never found and because, of the treatment he received for his HIV, ironically secured him to live longer in prison. He is currently 54 and incarcerated in Mangaung Correctional Centre in Bloemfontein, Free State.

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