Flowerday’s murder initially drew little media attention and soon her case went cold. Then, months later, interest skyrocketed when a local television show said that her murder might have committed to facilitate the production of a snuff film.
Star athlete Oscar Pistorius is on trial for shooting his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day, and it seems others close to the Olympian and his case are surrounded by death and mayhem as well.
On February 23, 1998, Wilken was sentenced to seven life sentences for the 10 murders with which he was charged. Wilen was not your typical serial killer in that he prayed on boys and women, white and black, living and dead.
Investigators aren’t talking about what went down when South African Olympic great Oscar Pistorius shot his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day. But at least one report says that Pistorius shot Reeva Steenkamp from behind a closed bathroom door. Could Pistorius have mistaken his girlfriend for an intruder in a country with one of the highest homicide rates in the world?
On December 18, 1994, Alison Botha was abducted, raped, disemboweled and nearly completely decapitated before being left for dead in a ditch from which, nearly dead, she emerged to find help. She not only recovered, but married, had children, became a motivational speaker, and ultimately faced her attackers in court.
Until October 8, 2003, Tanya Kelly Flowerday was just another South African murder victim, not even warranting a mention in the newspapers. But on the evening of October 7 an investigative program revealed that she might have been the first known victim of a snuff movie in South Africa. The next day, the newspapers took notice.
Two decades after Charlize Theron’s mother killed her father in self defense, a brutal killing has taken place on the same property in Benoni, South Africa. The home’s current resident was brutally tortured and killed by a gang of five robbers.
A brutal series of murders of young middle-class women outside Johannesburg, South Africa, leads police to David Selepe. Selepe, the key suspect, tries to escape, and is killed by police. His death leaves many unanswered questions in the case: Was he the sole killer, an accomplice of serial killer Moses Sithole, or an innocent man?
Dutch student Marleen, 24, had gone to South Africa as part of an exchange program in August 2003. After her internship was over she decided to tour along the picturesque Garden Route in the southeastern Cape, and disappeared, the victim of a habitual offender. Could stricter enforcement have prevented her murder?
In South Africa, Mziwamadoda Qwabe, 27, pleaded guilty yesterday to killing newlywed Anni Dewani, 28, in November, 2010. Like another man previously convicted for conspiring in the murder, Qwabe claims he was hired by the victim’s new husband, Shrien Dewani, to kill his wife and make it look like a robbery.